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Kansas City Dance Classic 2017

Competition Ballroom (DanceSport), 5th Annual Event
With Amateur Couples

Saturday 9, September 2017 at Camelot Ballroom

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Camelot Balltoom entrance (south side)
Camelot entrance, the south side - 6635 West 151st Street (about 3-4 blocks east of Metcalf), Overland Park, Kansas  66223

Getting There

This year I was invited to shoot the full event as the official photog. Not that there are not plenty of good cameras there, just that this meant that this time I have to be there the full time (8:30 am to 11 pm) and shoot everything I can get to.

It was a lot. 217 heats, some for single dance and some heats with multiple dances as well as additional heats to complete the finals for earlier heats. So, my aim was to try to get everyone at least once in each event. It wasn't totally possible but I came pretty close. Nearly 10,000 individual exposures. All shot as JPG + NEF (raw). That is a lot of RAW processing, starting with organizing them by file name to reflect the heat number, sometimes with the type of dance or dances in that heat. Other files were named for open dancing, awards and a miscellaneous category (un-named).

You can see a more extensive set of pictures at the link above (repeated here) where you can get a page of hundreds of images to pick through if you were a dancer here. As of the friday after the event (Sep 15th) there were more than 600 images and there are now more than 1700 with more that 200 "slates" (shots of the program information). The file display page was programmed by me to show any image files and list other files in any folder. This marked an opportunity to set up an event-picture page.

My aim in shooting dance is not merely technique. I can always shoot that although early in my shooting of dance I concentrated on technical details of the dance itself, especially in ballet and modern. As I managed to meet my goals there I returned to my earlier journalistic roots of shooting the scene itself as a community. People with people doing what they love. So you will see a variety of types of shots from close to wide but all within a context of the dance community.

If you've seen my work you will realize I almost never, ever use flash. Sometimes with some headshots although I also use continous lighting for that. This time I figured I would bring my old studio strobes (about 30-years old), last used to light a full room in 2004 at the Jazz Museum for KC 2-Steppin' and and before than in 1998 to light the old Grande Emporium when all I had was film at ISO-400 max. Somewhere in the middle of those dates I also used them to light Tony and Jessica's wedding reception in The Madrid. Well, I set them up on Wednesday before and they certainly lit up the room - brightly. That meant I had enough light to keep using zooms with handly focal lengths but middling f-stops. This way I also had crisp 1/1000-th second detail with good color and great tonal scale. I left the strobes in place until Saturday and waited until the light outside started dying down, about 7pm or so.

I tried a couple test shots to get my exposure and started shooting. The picture at top is one of those flash shots. But one of the judges said it bothered her eyes so I decided to kill the strobes after about 10 minutes and switched to two prime lenses, a 50mm and a 35mm so I could use F/2, not as flexible as a zoom but a far better f-stop. My zooms were either too long or didn't have a wide enought aperture. A little bit after I stopped I found that the video guy also had problems with my strobes. His cameras were all on auto settings, auto focus, auto color balance and auto exposure. The flash messed with all three settings at once. So, after all that trouble of getting familiar again with strobes last used for a full room some 13 years before, I was back to my usual ways, no flash.

Matt and Ellen Pansing are the organizers of this event. Their program notes that the Kansas City Dance Classic (KCDC) is a USA Dance registered event. So far this is the fifth annual KCDC.
Their website is http://www.kansascitydanceclassic.com

The next Kansas City Dance Classic (the 6th) is set for September 8, 2018.

 

Heat 110 Swing with Margaret Roberts and John Francoviglia
[110] Swing with Margaret Roberts and John Francoviglia

 

[20] International Tango - Mei Hwei Holsclaw and David Holsclaw
[20] International Tango - Mei Hwei Holsclaw and David Holsclaw

[22] International Foxtrot - Stefan Easter and Judith Adams
[22] International Foxtrot - Stefan Easter and Judith Adams

Open dancing, Thomas Johnston and Jocelyn Johnston
Open dancing, Thomas Johnston and Jocelyn Johnston

Open Dancing, Mark Reinsager and Angela Babb-Reinsinger
Open Dancing, Mark Reinsager and Angela Babb-Reinsinger

[138] Rhythm (CR) John Francoviglia and Nancy Basinski
[138] Rhythm (CR) John Francoviglia and Nancy Basinski

[165] Am. V. Waltz - Ryan Tierney and Olivia Styron
[165] Am. V. Waltz - Ryan Tierney and Olivia Styron


Judith Adams and Stephanie Kong

[214] Smooth (WTFV) Yuko Taniguchi and Jeremy Anderson
[214] Smooth (WTFV) Yuko Taniguchi and Jeremy Anderson

 

[211] Smooth (WTFV) Cody Roth and McKenzie van der Hagen
[211] Smooth (WTFV) Cody Roth and McKenzie van der Hagen


An alternate view

[96]pre-teen and junior smooth, Am Waltz - Connor Morris and Abby Morris
[96]pre-teen and junior smooth, Am Waltz - Connor Morris and Abby Morris

[88] International Cha Cha
[88] International Cha Cha

[88] International Rumba
[88] International Rumba


A proud mom, her son is in the picture above


Awards

[133] Am. Bolero - Janet Bierlein and Byron Doss
[133] Am. Bolero - Janet Bierlein and Byron Doss

[101] Am. Swing - Christopher Trabold and Anh Le
[101] Am. Swing - Christopher Trabold and Anh Le

[101] A. Swing - Scott Skultety and Alice Skultety
[101] A. Swing - Scott Skultety and Alice Skultety

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[135] Lee Oswalt and Charles Garrett
[135] Lee Oswalt and Charles Garrett

[135] Greg Warner and Jill Smith
[135] Greg Warner and Jill Smith

[113] Am. Swing - Shelley Judd and Ed Fukunaga
[113] Am. Swing - Shelley Judd and Ed Fukunaga

[132] Am. Mambo - Corry Eggert and Patricia Thompson (front), Judith Adams and Stefan Easter (left back), Jon Hamilton and Wanda Gimlin (center back)
[132] Am. Mambo - Corry Eggert and Patricia Thompson (front), Judith Adams and Stefan Easter (left back), Jon Hamilton and Wanda Gimlin (center back)

[130] Am. Swing - John Francoviglia and Rene Francoviglia
[130] Am. Swing - John Francoviglia and Rene Francoviglia

[129] Am. Mambo - Patricia Thompson and Corry Eggert
[129] Am. Mambo - Patricia Thompson and Corry Eggert

[65] Cha Cha - Allen Grabowski and Cicylia Hernandez
[65] Cha Cha - Allen Grabowski and Cicylia Hernandez

[58] International Waltz - Ilya Vernikov and Gabriella Jordanova
[59] V. Waltz - Ilya Vernikov and Gabriella Jordanova

[60] Richard Fu and Helenna Shcherbinin
[60] Richard Fu and Helenna Shcherbinin

[82] Am. Swing - Krista Derington and Alexander Hoffman
[82] Am. Swing - Krista Derington and Alexander Hoffman

[6] - International Samba - Romeo Bagunu and Liliane Pintar
[6] - International Samba - Romeo Bagunu and Liliane Pintar

Bridget and Wade
Bridget and Wade

Natalie Gettya and Nicholas Tuzhilov

 



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