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A Summer Like No Other

Posted on August 23, 2012

web-auntitled-1dsc_3061zAs part of her day-by-day countdown to Big Dance Week 2012, July 7–15, Dance Today photographer Carole Edrich posted a different dance-related photo a day on her blog. Now, the other side of Big Dance Week, Carole has decided to continue blogging and sharing her photographs with Dance Today. Here, she talks about what she has posted and why…

As the Summer of Dance continues, the photo opportunities are getting better and better so the workload isn’t changing at all. I came back from a great trip to Canada which included a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet‘s custom-built home to the last week of the Olympics and Tango Al Fresco and I’m working hard to clear the decks to be ready for the Notting Hill Carnival next week.

Since my last summary I’ve blogged some of the dances that took place in Trinidad and Tobago’s Cultural Centre for the Olympic Games, the smooth ballroom and Latin lead-follow transitions of Leamington Ridley and his partner, Lorcan Mullany, at Broadwalk Ballroom and a video I used instead of notes at A Place To Live When We Are Old at London’s Spitalfields Market.

I included an image from London Goes Latin about which you can read more in the September issue of Dance Today and shared a quiet moment I had snatched from the rehearsals at Escuela de Baile’s School Spectacular.

I hope the image I’ve chosen to share here shows you just why it’s worth all the stress. It’s a simple shot from the Akademi Community Performance for Arts in Parliament – which a casual browser might not even notice is dance. In it Bisakha Sarker, of the Liverpool-based dance company Chaturangan, is dancing through her fingers with smiling eyes to illustrate how, with a little compassion, people with Alzheimer’s might be helped to feel more at ease. The piece, called Memory, made me cry. See it if you can.

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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