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Welcome to Life Images by Jill.........Stepping into the light and bringing together the images and stories of our world.
I am a photographer, writer and multi-media artist. Through my blog I am
seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it.



Sunday, 29 July 2012

Spanish Flamenco dancing

After two very difficult and emotional weeks, it was wonderful to get back to my Spanish Flamenco dance classes last week and be enveloped by the sound, colour, movement and vibrancy of a gypsy dance.

The class you see here is the advanced class. They are getting ready for a performance in August.
Spanish dancing is not easy - in fact it is very difficult to learn. I am in the beginners class. At the moment I am trying to get my head around the steps for the "Sevillanas"dance. My teacher assures me that it takes about a year before Spanish dancing finally "clicks" in your brain! You certainly can't think about "life" while you are concentrating on what your feet and hands are doing!

 Canon G11. Straight out a camera, dance studio light, no tripod, hand held.

Last week I was given a wonderful book called "Blackboards, Bubbles and Cappuccinos". Written by Ruth Tearle. Not just a novel, but an inspirational book encouraging you to follow your own unique path. With the book came a little pack of cards of quotes. Each day I pull out one. Today's said - 

We are born to be creative, to do, to risk, to shine our own light. 

So here is my image to go with the quote


I call this image below "the dance class". Taken at my Spanish Flamenco dance class a couple of months ago.  I know there is a lot of blur happening, but I rather like it and the blur projects the feeling of fast movement.  Processed in Elements with Radlabs "Grandma's Tap Shoes" & "Vario saturation". I rather like the antique look of the colour. The dance classes are held in the dance room of the Art Gallery - a former convent. I love the feel of this classical old building.

Thank you for stopping by. I look forward to and appreciate your comments.
Take care and have a wonderful week.

You can find out more about Ruth Tearle and  "Blackboards, Bubbles and Cappuccinos" by clicking here - Change Designs

I am linking up to Mosaic Monday at Little Red House - to see the posts from Mary and other wonderful participants, please click on the link here - Mosaic Monday

You may also like ( click here) - Flamenco!


  1. I am just getting up to date on my favourite blogs and have only now read that you have lost your beloved mother. I am so sorry to read this. Your friend's gift and your return to the Spanish dance class will surely be good for your soul.

  2. Hi Jill, this is the dance I so like to learn. For me this dance is so graceful and classy. The women who dance is like a swan. ^_^ Thanks for the visit I do appreciate it.


  3. I love your photo 'The Dance Class'. Love the editing to it. Nicely done.

  4. I love the old convent building..beautiful architecture. What fun, all theat flaminco dancing! Great photo's Yx

  5. Great photos and such an atmospheric collection. Glad that life is gaining some normality, have been thinking of you. Love the quote you chose to accompany the pic.

  6. Wonderful color and motion! I can imagine this is a great way to get away and relieve some tension!

  7. Love the way you have caught the movement of the dance. The colours are so vibrant! Wonderful collage Jill.

  8. Wonderful Jill be really good to have this outlet great shooting. Love the colours and movement.

  9. Nice Jill. A real plus, fun dance class and great photo ops

  10. Wonderful color and movement! Very nice presentation Jill! Love the colors and movement portrayed. It is a perfect compliment to the quote!

  11. I do like the idea of putting pictures to quotes/ songs or rhymes and your interpretation of the Spanish quote is excellent, and the book sounds both a good and an interesting read Jill

  12. Great photo, perfect with this beautiful quote !
    Have a nice week,

  13. Yes, I agree it works well together ~ Lovely image

  14. Hi Jill
    I'm delighted that a quote from Blackboards, Bubbles & Cappucinos inspired you in this way. It is great to see you being creative and shining your own light. Would love to see more

  15. With your creative mind, it's magic


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