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Posted on June 27, 2012

adsc_7080zAs part of her day-by-day countdown to Big Dance Week 2012, July 7–15, Dance Today photographer Carole Edrich is posting a different dance-related photo a day on her blog. Carole will share some of her favourite images with Dance Today. Here, she talks about what she has posted and why…

I started the week by showing how one of my shots of samba had been turned into a Dance Today front cover before starting a new theme: that of showing how many performers use their faces in their dance. To do this I started with three shots from different Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festivals.

When teaching flamenco Nuria Garcia, principal of Escuela de Baile, would constantly remind us to dance with our faces and these my images show clearly how well it can be done.

Krumping is another dance in which facial expressions are of paramount importance and the final shot on this theme on my blog is of the junior Boy Blue troupe performing at the Barbican.

The shot I’ve chosen to share with Dance Today to summarise this period is that of Jackie Le performing on the hoop at the Top Hat and High Heels Alternative Jubilee Cabaret.

Cabaret has always been in London, but recently its popularity has grown explosively. New friends (creating a cabaret I hope to cover in the future) tell me it’s a result of the economy.

They think that as our purses are pinched we look for a different type of experience, and that the joys, thrills and participation of a well-run cabaret act provides that in ways that more conventional dance does not.

As well as taking photographs for Dance Today,Carole Edrich is available for commissioning. Reach her through her Twitter ID @CE_Images or through her dance photography blog.

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Now acting editor of Discover Britain magazine, she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success.

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