"Authentic Jazz" dance contact sheets

"Authentic Jazz" dance contact sheets

These are from an exciting dance event I had the pleasure to photograph last Friday. It was organized by the Athens Authentic Jazz Dance school led by Irene Ragusini, and was eloquently named "T'Ain't What You Do (If It Ain't Got That Swing)". The location was the, more than fitting, neo-classical building of Parnassos Philological Society.

Authentic jazz, or vernacular jazz, is a dance genre with afro-american roots, especially popular during the 1920s through the 1940s. It draws influences from older afro-american dance, such as Cakewalk, while having inspired later ones (e.g. modern jazz, hip hop, break dance etc). It is usually a solo act, accompanied by swing jazz or blues music (and their musical ancestors), and is heavily based in rhythm and improvisation.

I decided to make retro-looking contact-sheet type collections of the teachers' performances, trying to catch the mood as well as the excitement of the whole experience.

Dancers: Irene Ragusini and Tony Jackson

 

(Technical data for fellow geeks: all photos taken with the Olympus E-M1, FT 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 and 17mm f/1.8. Available light only, processed in LR)

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