Dancing in the New Year

While photography will always be my primary passion, I also enjoy teaching ballroom dancing (which comes as a complete shock to those who knew me in high school). Recently, I’ve become more interested in and excited about choreography. This avenue of artistic expression lends itself to a wedding couple’s First Dance (I’ve worked with a number of couples) as well as fun show pieces like the one below.

Debby and I put together this performance for the Concord 250 & YMCA New Year’s Eve Gala held at the Grappone Center in Concord, New Hampshire. To celebrate Concord’s 250th anniversary, they planned galas to ring in and ring out 2015. Part of the celebration at this gala was to highlight various points in Concord’s history with performances and talks. They asked Let’s Dance Studio, where I work as an instructor, if we would perform a dance routine representing the 1920s. Our routine, performed to a medley of It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) from the musical Swing, used steps from the Charleston, Foxtrot, Swing, and Quickstep.

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get a video of our performance at the Concord 250 Gala. Later in the evening, though, we went back to Let’s Dance to ring in the New Year and to perform the routine there. Of course, that was after a drink or two and plenty of other dancing as well as Midnight fast approaching. We really enjoyed performing the routine because it’s a song you just want to have fun with. I’m currently working on some other routines that promise even more excitement.

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