Carlisle Dance Photography
I’ve been a dance photographer in Cumbria for nearly 15 years, taking photos of outside dance photography in Carlisle, and I really enjoy seeing and photographing the skills of the graceful dancers across Carlisle, Cumbria and all along the Scottish borders. For many people this year has been really hard with all the restrictions in place. Many dancers have really struggled with them spending many weeks preparing for studio performances that unfortunately are still not allowed to happen.
Many dance schools have been having virtual lessons so students could continue with their learning, but with theatres currently closed and groups of people restricted it looks likely that dance shows and performances won’t go-ahead for a while. Dancing is such a big part of a dancers life that many dancers and parents of dancers have been getting in touch to see if instead of a show I could do some outside dance photography or even studio dance photography with them so that they have some amazing photographs to treasure.
I met Abi in a quiet but local park in Carlisle. Like a lot of dancers, Abi started dancing when she was quite young, in fact at the age of three with Cumbria Dance Abi started learning Ballet, Tap and Modern dance and now aged 11 she continues to study with the amazing Rachel Gordon at Cumbria Ballet (was Cumbria Dance). She also studies Contemporary, Commercial and Hip Hop at Studio A in Carlisle. As well as this she attends Rhythm Nation Associates Cumbria once a month and is about to start Ballet West Edinburgh Associates in September to further her love of ballet.
Abi’s skills do not stop at dancing, she also goes to Razzamataz Theatre School in Carlisle where there are lots of opportunities to perform. She has performed in the English Youth Ballet and also the Sands Centre Pantomime in Carlisle last Christmas. As you can see she is a really busy little lady with loads of talent and she throws herself into everything.
In September she will start her secondary school in Penrith and even with all the performing manages to find time for school work too. Her dream is to be a professional dancer in London in the West End and I actually think that with her drive and determination she might actually make it!
Throughout the dance photo session I would ask Abi to pick a dance pose, something that she knew and was comfortable with. These ranged from Ballet dance poses to Contemporary dance poses, I would then tweak them slightly so that they looked their best on camera. Between us, I hope you agree, we came up with some great dance photography ideas.