Breaking Boundaries

A few weeks ago, EU Jacksonville asked me to stop by the Florida Theatre if I was going to be taking in ArtWalk for August. (In case you don't know it, I love the theatre; I think it's one of the coolest places in Jax.) EU was working on the Performing Arts issue and thought that I might be able to get something interesting as the Jacksonville Dance Theatre and Braided Light Dance Project were going to be performing outside the theatre for the folks at ArtWalk. Since I was going to be downtown for the Biebster, I figured that it may be cool to check it out.

When I got there, the ladies were constructing a dance floor on the sidewalk outside the theatre.

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While I couldn't get any decent shots of their performances, since I had to be somewhere else then, I did get a few of them practicing once they got the floor assembled.

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It was quite interesting to see what they were doing.  I'm sure the performances were really cool.  When I was talking to them, I thought that I might be able to get to one of their Friday afternoon practices at JU, but they also told me about an event they were having the first weekend in September in the Swisher Theatre at JU.  Unfortunately, I couldn't make it to the practices and EU decided that they had what they needed to feature the dancers in their performing arts guide.

But that didn't stop me from taking in Breaking Boundaries, the major performance at Jacksonville University.  Cindy and I needed a different kind of night out, and this sounded like something we'd both like.  I don't get the chance to photograph many dance performances, so I'm always happy to get the opportunity.  And this show was pretty different from what I, an admitted dance novice, expected.  Sure it was a bit challenging to shoot, but it just amazed me what these dancers could do with their bodies.  They moved in ways I don't think I could have even have imagined.

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All in all, it was a great performance.  I was really enthralled by their movement and was left wanting more when they'd finished.  I have more images from that night on my website.  Click on over and check them out.  I hope to be able to photograph more dance in the future, and I hope these ladies will invite me to shoot more of their performances.

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