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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Company

Last year I  started Spanish Flamenco dance lessons at the Sol y Sombra Spanish Company & School of Dance - a group of dancers with ages ranging from early 30s to 70 who love to dance. On Saturday night, along with other cultural groups, we performed at the free family concert at the Bunbury Multicultural Festival (Western Australia). The Multicultural group is a wonderful supporter for people of other nationalities coming to live and work in our city and the night is a fabulous evening of entertainment which showcases the diverse multi-cultural environment in which we live.  I love hearing the music and seeing the dances of other nationalities.

I danced in one of the three dances that Sol y Sombra performed. It was my first full scale public performance. Flamenco is certainly not easy to learn and I sincerely thank the ladies and gent at Sol y Sombra for their amazing support to me as a newbie dancer. Sol y Sombra put on a fantastic  performance of three different types of Flamenco styles which were well received by the crowd.                               'Fantastico'

When I was a child I wished I could go to ballet and tap classes like my friend Anna. And now many years later I am going to dance classes. Sometimes it takes a while to get the things you wish for.
Here we are at dance class in the dance room at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery - 



Below are two mosaics of images from rehearsal last week when we were practising on the stage where we performed - that is my teacher Nicole in the second set of images. And yes Pete does dress up for the performance. The red lace skirts and gold collars are stunning. 

All these images were taken with manual settings on my camera - another new skill I have just started to learn!





Below is an image from Saturday night. When my teacher saw the pic on Facebook she asked me how I managed to get a camera on stage. LOL. This pic was taken during the first dance which I wasn't a part of - the Overture from Carmen - very dramatic. I was sitting on stage as one of the "cafe" people stage props. Tricky to get a snap when you are trying to not be noticed doing so!



And a quote from Ruth Tearle - 

"Harmony is about being with people who play your kind of tune".


Have you taking up a new skill this past year? Do you like to dance? 
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed this little look into dance practise. I look forward to hearing from you.

I am linking up to Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday and Travel Photo Thursday - please click on the links to see the wonderful work of other contributors

Have a wonderful week. 

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28 comments:

  1. You've taken such wonderful photographs, Jill, that I believe I can hear the music. It sounds like great fun! It looks like great fun!

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  2. Fun candid photos! Great exercise and festive clothing :)

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  3. Jill, fun photos of the dancing. The costumes are very pretty. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

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  4. So creative and fun ~ lovely mosaic and dramatic with dancing ladies ^_^

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  5. What fun - love the vibrancy of the red skirt.

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  6. Now this would be my kind of exercise! Lovely photos.

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  7. I'll bet practice really is a grand exercise. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    1. it certainly is - for the body and the mind!

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  8. Dance has always been important to my family...I thoroughly enjoyed every picture! The quote is amazing also.

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  9. I love the costumes but then I have always been a big fan of dressing up

    Mollyxxx

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  10. Great moves, great costumes and no doubt great fun.

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  11. OH OH OH what a fun post !!! :) I can hear the music in these pics they are so good...

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  12. This must be a real experience. I agree with that "Harmony is about being with people who play your kind of tune".

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  13. Beautiful pictures. Must have been a lovely experience learning the dance. I have recently been to a couple of classical indian dances and was totally floored with the incredible moves.

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  14. I like your dancing-action photos - and I like dancing. Spanish dances are so sexy :)

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  15. Lovely photos and they transported me back to Seville where we watched a flamenco dancer in 40 degree heat!

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  16. I too could hear the music. Your posts are always a sensory treat - I love the cropping you did on these. You've almost got me thinking I need to take up dancing!

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  17. The pictures are wonderful! I'm very clumsy and uncoordinated so dancing isn't really my thing. I've taken a couple ball room dancing classes but wasn't very successful. My teens go square dancing once a month and would love for me to join them. My goal is to try it at least once this summer.

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  18. What fun! For a moment there I thought I was back in Spain! Love your photos Jill

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  19. You really captured the energy of the dance. I could almost hear the music.
    Love Flamenco, but haven't tried it yet.

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  20. Beautiful pictures! I can't believe you did that all on manual settings. I also wished I could go to dance lessons when I was a kid and am now satisfying that yearning by taking cardio fitness classes that are based on dance -- tomorrow is Cardio Funk. I notice that you're a reader, too. Have you read The Flamenco Academy by Sarah Bird?

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  21. These pictures are fantastic! Love all the color and movement. Any type of dance class would be fine with me.

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  22. I love the dresses - especially because they're in red. And the hats are fantastic too.
    I have two left feet so I marvel at anyone who willingly takes up dance lessons.

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  23. Beautiful capture of this event!

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  24. Hi Jill, beautiful manula shots. I love how captured the dance flow, movement of the skirts and the passion of the dance and dancers. Kudos for you for ing up something you were wishing for as a kid. You just inspired me to take up something new.

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  25. What gorgeous photos! I saw the flamenco in Spain last winter. The shots I captured really did not do the performance justice, unfortunately. I love to watch dancing; have two left feet when it comes to actually doing it myself :) (Nancie...budgetravelerssandbox.com)

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  26. FAAAAAABULOUS! I think the drama and passion of flamenco is marvellous - although my two left feet would also find the intricacies a little hard to execute. I SO admire anyone who can dance - and of course the gloriously dramatic REDS are marvellous!!

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

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