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“Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.” Alvin Ailey

Weekly Photo Challenge: DANCE - a dancer in flight

Weekly Photo Challenge: DANCE – a dancer in flight

Weekly Photo Challenge: DANCE - a dancer in flight

Weekly Photo Challenge: DANCE – a dancer in flight

When I dance, I forget everything else and just feel completely happy. Katherine Jenkins
The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs. Charles Baudelaire

For this week’s assignment on DANCE, I decided to do something different. I shot some photos of a piece of sculptural art – a ballerina in dance motion – and positioned the shots from different angles to create a sense of energy and movement. I hope you like it. I’ve danced all my life, studied it for many years and know how much passion professional dancers bring to their craft.  Dance has always moved me on a deeper level, and I’m pleased that we have it as our theme for this week’s photo challenge. Dance is more than movement … it is our life force, a form of energy, and a repository of our hopes and dreams. It is our passion for life and expresses itself in many forms. Enjoy the selections here and get up and dance away.

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.” Martha Graham

Weekly Photo Challenge: DANCE - a dancer in flight

Weekly Photo Challenge: DANCE – a dancer in flight

Weekly Photo Challenge: DANCE - a dancer in flight collage

Weekly Photo Challenge: DANCE – a dancer in flight collage

I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it too deep to find for words. Ruth St. Denis
I have no desire to prove anything by dancing. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance. I just put my feet in the air and move them around. Fred Astaire

I took the same series of photographs that I shot and applied color in variation. It gives the photos a new and completely different look. I have a decent collection of dance photos from concerts I’ve attended over the years, but I wanted to do something a bit more creative with my photos. That said, I’ve added a collage of some more recent dance photos in different settings. I chose not to add concert dance shots because I’ve used many of them multiple times and I just wanted something fresh for this photo challenge.

UPDATE: I’ve  been asked  how I created these shots. I photographed a piece of sculpture (dancing ballerina) from several angles, against a white matte backdrop. I used my Canon EOS Ti1 with a great EF 100mm 1 : 28 macro lens and then used Pixlr Express to add color and rotate some of the frames to create an additional layer of movement. The collage option is a favorite of mine because I love showing shots from different perspectives. So yes, l took these photos as that is the basic rule of our popular WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.  💖 Enjoy & Join In!

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“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.” Rabindranath Tagore

Weekly Photo Challenge: DANCE - a dancer in flight

Weekly Photo Challenge: DANCE – a dancer in flight

Weekly Photo Challenge: DANCE - a collage of various dancers

Weekly Photo Challenge: DANCE – a collage of various dancers

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. Alan Watts
When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way. Wayne Dyer

Dance has always given me joy; both as an observer and as a participant. I think because there are so many styles/forms of dance, each of us could find one that suits our temperament and calls our spirit. The card next to the shot of Snoopy above is inviting us to join in the Happy Dance with Snoopy. Hahaha!  Go find some music you enjoy and get those muscles moving. What style of dance do you enjoy?  If you come across something that you like, and wish to use any of my photos please send me a request in a comment below. Thank you! Have a relaxing weekend!
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: DANCE In this week’s challenge, share a photo of something that appears like dance to you — whether you choose to focus on objects, animals, or people (actually dancing, or not), try to capture the rhythm in their movement. I look forward to seeing your photos! There’s rhythm and motion all around us — this week, let’s capture some of it in a photo.

Positive Motivation Tip: Dance is more than movement… it is our life force, a form of energy, a repository of our hopes and dreams… It is our passion for life!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos copyrighted and from my Personal Collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

80 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz Mays permalink
    18/03/2016 5:21 pm

    I love what you did with the photos. For some reason, the more colorful ones look more energetic.

  2. Valerie Robinson permalink
    18/03/2016 8:37 pm

    These images are so breathtaking! I have been dancing since I was a kid and really love the art of motion. It’s beautiful.

  3. asbestrecipes permalink
    18/03/2016 8:44 pm

    I love to dance since I was a child; indeed. it is a way of communication and also a great way to keep active

  4. Heather permalink
    18/03/2016 8:48 pm

    I love what you did in the colorful photos, I could see this on a big wall!

  5. Michelle Gwynn Jones permalink
    18/03/2016 9:16 pm

    I like how you handled your assignment. I once took a black and white and redid it with different colors and textures, but it didn’t come alive like your project did.

  6. Michelle Mink (@lovemichelle89) permalink
    18/03/2016 9:42 pm

    this photo challenge on dance is so interesting. i love the movement you captured

  7. momknowsbest15 permalink
    18/03/2016 10:04 pm

    Cool pictures. Now I want to get up and dance.

  8. Suzanne Rudge permalink
    18/03/2016 10:27 pm

    That was an excellent idea to re-position the statue in various ways Elizabeth! It truly does give one a sense of movement, something you would not normally get from a figure frozen in time.

  9. Amy Jones permalink
    18/03/2016 11:10 pm

    ooh i love ballet, it is such a cute and delicate form of dancing.

  10. Amy Jones permalink
    18/03/2016 11:13 pm

    I love ballet, it looks so fragile but at the same time passionate and beautiful.

  11. RonRon permalink
    19/03/2016 1:16 am

    Dancing is one way of expressing our feelings and emotion. Very nice read.

  12. Bhushavali permalink
    19/03/2016 1:41 am

    Nothing liberates one as dance. Its a stress buster, just switching on some music and moving the body in accordance to it!!!

  13. 19/03/2016 4:19 am

    What a brilliant idea!

  14. Lexie Lane permalink
    19/03/2016 4:28 am

    Worth reading it. Just because I can’t dance, doesn’t mean I won’t dance lol Glad you shared this.

  15. Traveling Blogger permalink
    19/03/2016 9:38 am

    I love your photos! The different angles really do give a sense of movement. I danced as a child, and it was always so freeing!

  16. Cara (@StylishGeek) permalink
    19/03/2016 10:02 am

    That sculptural art piece is an outstanding showmanship of the beauty of the body. It is fascinating to see how graceful limbs can be! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Attachment Mummy permalink
    19/03/2016 10:31 am

    Stunning photos, the human body is so incredible and beauty. I love how your different colour filters change the images.

  18. Lauren permalink
    19/03/2016 1:30 pm

    You definitely met your goal. I can feel the movement in the pictures.

  19. Rosey permalink
    19/03/2016 2:12 pm

    I do like it! You did a great job with the different colors too, this is fun and thought inspiring!

  20. Fred permalink
    19/03/2016 2:25 pm

    I do not dance. So I know how much innate talent and practice it takes to create beautiful dance moves. When it comes to dance, some people simply have IT!

  21. bearsi permalink
    19/03/2016 2:54 pm

    While I am not a dancer in public, it is hard to avoid when you are home alone and your favorite song comes on. So relaxing!!

  22. Giselle S. permalink
    19/03/2016 3:33 pm

    This turned out great. At first I thought the sculpture was a real person lol This is a great exercise. I’ve been really getting into doing product photography lately. This would be good practice 🙂

  23. thezafragroup permalink
    19/03/2016 6:25 pm

    I just went out for some dancing last night. lol Great post here! I love the pictures you’ve shared. Thank you.

  24. 19/03/2016 7:40 pm

    Such a beautiful and creative post Elizabeth, full of passion, life and movement; just wonderful 🙂

  25. kitchnwhisperer permalink
    19/03/2016 8:30 pm

    Such beautiful photos with an effortless grace to those being captured in each picture. That is an art form all by it self.

  26. Liz Mays permalink
    19/03/2016 8:53 pm

    I like how you did that! I know when I go see a dance performance, particularly when a variety of dance styles are shown, it really evokes a lot of emotions.

  27. hautebeautyguide permalink
    19/03/2016 9:05 pm

    I love to dance when I get home from work! It helps me shake the day off and relax.

  28. 19/03/2016 10:00 pm

    Creative ideas all over this submission. If there is one to take pictures of a subject to all angles, that one really is a perfect subject for it. It magnifies everything, and gives it a lot of different perspectives.

  29. Jeypi Kyu permalink
    20/03/2016 1:04 am

    i know a couple of people who loves to dance.. they appear so lively when they are at it.. 🙂 totally amazing!

  30. 20/03/2016 1:35 am

    You’ve certainly achieved the effect of motion and elegance, it looks like she’s reaching for the sky!

  31. Karlyn Flores permalink
    20/03/2016 3:43 am

    Love the photos, It reminds me how I love dancing when I was in high school

  32. Sage permalink
    20/03/2016 4:07 am

    Beautiful! I love your unusual interpretation of the assignment, the element of movement definitely comes through in your shots 🙂

  33. Sylvia Jules Kal permalink
    20/03/2016 5:04 am

    Dance used to be my exercise of choice, It really would get me sweating it out and having a ball of fun…in a club. Now I do more jogging and home video exercise. I love to dance for real and this weekly hot challenge has challenged me to dance again 🙂

  34. rochkirstin permalink
    20/03/2016 5:28 am

    I like both seeing other people dance and the act of dancing by just throwing out whatever movement my body dictates at a time. These shots are great because they look like abstract art.

  35. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    20/03/2016 7:05 am

    Reading through your post reminded me of the time when my father was still with us. Every Saturday night, he and my mom would dance the boogie, tango and cha cha. I loved watching them dance. They were so good. Now a widow, my 76 year old mom still goes ballroom dancing with her friends. All my children are great dancers too. Guess they take after their grandparents.

  36. Jojo Vito permalink
    20/03/2016 8:10 am

    dance for me is an inner emotions expressed outwardly through bodily motions..

  37. Idaintyit permalink
    20/03/2016 8:56 am

    Lovely photo’s, dancers are so elegant. Wish I learnt to dance when I was younger

  38. Lisa Rios permalink
    20/03/2016 11:29 am

    Some unique pictures as usual from you & I love how it shows a dancer in flight in various positions & moves. The way you have applied color in variation is quite amazing & that collage looks beautiful as well.

  39. dcvaughan permalink
    20/03/2016 12:26 pm

    Oh my gosh! As a dancer I absolutely love this! I especially love the center photo in the first collage you have featured. If only I could still do that 🙂

  40. Ana De-Jesus permalink
    20/03/2016 2:49 pm

    I never realized that you took your own photos. I love that this is so different to your usual photos.

  41. Rhian Westbury permalink
    20/03/2016 2:58 pm

    What a great bunch of photos, it’s so clever that it looks like it is moving due to the angles. The change in colouring looks great too x

  42. Shubhada permalink
    20/03/2016 4:56 pm

    Amazing idea behind the photos. They look wonderful. Dance indeed sets you free.

  43. Real Life Deals (@RLDeals) permalink
    20/03/2016 6:23 pm

    Thanks for including the update about how you did this, I was going to ask and then saw that! 🙂

  44. firsttimetravel permalink
    20/03/2016 8:10 pm

    I like dancing. It brings out the energy and fluidity in our actions. Your photos are superb. It’s as if a lady is doing different dance steps. Beautiful!

  45. Aziel Morte permalink
    21/03/2016 3:21 am

    Amazing photos, I really love dancing

  46. Sunshine Kelly permalink
    21/03/2016 4:26 am

    Dance is an art and also a way for us to express our inner feeling. I like to dance to let out emotions. Its a good workout too.

  47. Mommy Roxi (@MommyRoxi) permalink
    21/03/2016 7:53 am

    I’ve always been fascinated by people who looks so gracious when dancing. May it be ballet or hip hop/pop dancing. I wish I could do it too!

  48. 21/03/2016 8:43 am

    These photos are beautiful. As a former dancer and aspiring physician, I REALLY appreciate the beauty that is the human body. I love all the long lines of the body that you have displayed here!

  49. Coralie permalink
    21/03/2016 9:05 am

    All my kids love to dance – I love how you moved the statue for the collage. Great challenge.

  50. Shaylee Field permalink
    22/03/2016 1:58 pm

    I was a dancer for 15 years and I miss it dearly! Even though some days weren’t the best and the competition aspect got stiff, I still loved it!

  51. Leke Awonuga permalink
    24/03/2016 3:25 am

    Wow!! Dance is the rythm of art expression that eulogizes a soul! It makes me joyous. Thanks for putting so much efforts into capturing the moments of the dancers and illustrating it with an article.


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