Byron Tittle of Dorrance Dance in "The Blues Project"; photo Christopher Duggan

Byron Tittle of Dorrance Dance in “The Blues Project”

Outside the Ted Shawn Theater last night, I could hear the booming of the Dorrance Dance tap dancers on stage, their sound only dwarfed by the thunderous applause from the audience. They are all fantastic, the dancers and the musicians.

Byron Tittle and Christopher Broughton of Dorrance Dance in "The Blues Project"; photo Christopher Duggan

Byron Tittle and Christopher Broughton of Dorrance Dance in “The Blues Project”

Byron Tittle of Dorrance Dance in "The Blues Project"; photo Christopher Duggan

Byron Tittle of Dorrance Dance in “The Blues Project”

I’ve photographed the company a few times here at the Pillow and each time I find myself swaying and stepping to their music. It’s a tough thing to photograph tap. How do you show in a photo the rhythm, the music, the energy of what’s coming from their feet? Unlike other forms of dance, they are not making form and line with there bodies. Not sure I’ve answered that question for myself yet.

Dorrance Dance in "The Blues Project"; photo Christopher Duggan

Dorrance Dance in “The Blues Project”

Derick K. Grant in "The Blues Project"; photo Christopher Duggan

Derick K. Grant of Dorrance Dance in “The Blues Project”

Last year I photographed BODYTRAFFIC at The Joyce Theater in NYC and at least one other time, too.

Michele Carter, Andrew Wojtal, Tina Finkelman Berket, Melissa Bourkas, Miguel Perez, and Guzmán Rosado of BODYTRAFFIC in "Dust"; photo Christopher Duggan

Michele Carter, Andrew Wojtal, Tina Finkelman Berket, Melissa Bourkas, Miguel Perez, and Guzmán Rosado of BODYTRAFFIC in “Dust”

I love working with companies that I’m familiar with because there is a sense of comfort with each other. I have a deeper understanding of what the company is about and I think that informs the images I make. I’ve shot each of these pieces before. So I try to see something new and to capture the dance in a fresh way, allowing myself to still be surprised.

Tina Finkelman Berkett and Guzmán Rosado of BODYTRAFFIC in "Once again, before you go"; photo Christopher Duggan

Tina Finkelman Berkett and Guzmán Rosado of BODYTRAFFIC in “Once again, before you go”

Matthew Rich and Michele Carter of BODYTRAFFIC in "A Trick of the Light"; photo Christopher Duggan

Matthew Rich and Michele Carter of BODYTRAFFIC in “A Trick of the Light”

Joseph Kudra, Melissa Bourkas, Andrew Wojtal, and Tina Finkelman Berkett of BODYTRAFFIC in "A Trick of the Light"; photo Christopher Duggan

Joseph Kudra, Melissa Bourkas, Andrew Wojtal, and Tina Finkelman Berkett of BODYTRAFFIC in “A Trick of the Light”

Joseph Kudra and Andrew Wojtal of BODYTRAFFIC in "Once again, before you go"; photo Christopher Duggan

Joseph Kudra and Andrew Wojtal of BODYTRAFFIC in “Once again, before you go”

Guzmán Rosado of BODYTRAFFIC in "A Trick of the Light"; photo Christopher Duggan

Guzmán Rosado of BODYTRAFFIC in “A Trick of the Light”

Joseph Kudra, Andrew Wojtal, and Miguel Perez of BODYTRAFFIC in "Once again, before you go"; photo Christopher Duggan

Joseph Kudra, Andrew Wojtal, and Miguel Perez of BODYTRAFFIC in “Once again, before you go”

After two weeks of ballet class and ballet students from around the globe, the Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop program started. What a different atmosphere each bring! The students from each program are amazingly talented, but wow how different these art forms look and FEEL!

Ballet Program dancers in rehearsal by Christopher Duggan

Ballet Program dancers in rehearsal

A ballet program student in Nina Danilova's class by Christopher Duggan

A ballet program student in Nina Danilova’s class

A ballet program student in Nina Danilova's class by Christopher Duggan

A ballet program student in Nina Danilova’s class

Ballet Program dancers during an Inside/Out performance by Christopher Duggan

Ballet Program dancers during an Inside/Out performance

Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop by Christopher Duggan

Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop students in class

Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop by Christopher Duggan

Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop students in class

Here’s what happens after Hip-Hop class when the students are hanging together in the Tea Garden.

Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop by Christopher Duggan

Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop by Christopher Duggan

Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop by Christopher Duggan




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