The photos from the 2020 Spring Freestyles are expiring! We hope everyone has been staying safe since this event. In the light of a lock down that started right after this, we know things have been very different. Still it has been nice to go back to see these images. Before they are archived, you can see the 11,000+ photos here:
To end the weekend events, there was a professional competition. On this occasion there were two different categories in two different styles. Of course there were heats for Smooth and Rhythm dances. Additionally they had heats for mentors dancing with new staff. In this case, newer dance instructors could gain experience preparing, and competing with an experienced dancer. As can be seen in these images, it is hard to tell them apart! After all, they took the extra time to train and prepare! Surely it paid off in some awesome images.
Last week, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Leonard Theiss. In a world that is full of strong personalities, preferences, and emotions, he was a gentle presence. Whenever we photographed an Arthur Murray event, he was there to dance, judge, and be an ambassador for his art form.
It was not an exaggeration that he was at EVERY Arthur Murray event we attended. To illustrate, we first attended a large Dance-o-rama in 2007 at the Bally’s in Atlantic City. Being that this was my first serious ballroom dance photography, many of my memories have long since left me. I found the folder of photos, and saw him at the dais with his cousin, Steve sitting next to him.
Soon after, the 2008 Northstar Dance-o-rama was officially the first event where TimeLine Media was the photography vendor. At this time, he brought students far from his home studio in Alexandria, Virginia to compete. I noticed how soft spoken, and gentle he was both on and off the floor. Likewise I saw many other dance teachers and students that were so happy to see him. Although he was an important person in the company, he gave so much of his attention to his students.
Throughout the years, Leonard became more familiar with us. Of course, we made lots of photos of him and his students, and he always made us feel welcome. Rarely, we would visit his studio to dance, and he was happy to see us do more than play with cameras. I’ll remember him as a friend to all of the staff in the DC area – a dancer that appreciated studying the craft and passing his passion along to staff and student. To all of the Theiss family, and the extended Arthur Murray family, please accept our condolences.
The photos from last November’s 2019 Asheville Dance Classic are expiring on Monday, March 13, 2020. Thank you to everyone that supported our photography by purchasing prints and digital files! I hoped they help to show off what you have been working on in preparing for these competitions. To see the collection of photos, the link at the proofing site is here:
Thank you to Meghan and Jake Lavender of Wave Dance Studio for having us cover their event for the second consecutive year. By comparison this year was much better for me. In short, due to having help with me! My wife made the trek with me to Asheville this time, and everything was just so much easier when I have someone managing me.
The Asheville Crowne Plaza was the venue again this year. Comparatively, this is a convenient space for vendors to load in all the gear for the weekend. With a ballroom on the street level with a door that open right to the loading area, the transport distance is very low.
With this being our second time here, it was much faster to setup the lighting and the booth once we had everything inside. Given that Jake, and Meghan were so helpful to us, we settled in nicely to get some photos of all the dancing. They do a great job of transforming the ballroom into a beautiful evening under the stars. It helps to set a consistent look with a dark theme to have the dancers be out front!