This week I had the pleasure of photographing a dance competition run by the University of Sheffield. It had judges from West End and had several cateorgies including advanced ballet, hip-hop, contemporary and solo dance. It was such a brilliant opportunity to watch collaborative and solo artists really show what they're made of and have fun doing it. It is a thing I have witnessed in another dance competition I had photographed - there is so little hostility between the contestants, their attitude is more more inclusive. Each team was supporting one another, it didn't seem like an opportunity to be hostile, more, it was an oppotunity to show off what you can do but also watch what other people could do.
I'd say my favourite category was either the advanced hip-hop or the solo category. The reason behind this is the sheer spectacle of passion. With the hip-hop genre it seems to be all about co-ordination and attitude and the solo category seemed to be about self-reflection and individual expression - these are things that really appeal to me as a viewer. Nonetheless, even category was interesting to watch and the dancers was absolutely brilliant.
Here are some of the images I got. As expected, indoor lighting is rarely ever optimal but I did the best I could - I think I got some pretty good images. This is just a selection of about 500 or so. All shot with a D610 and either a 70-200 or 24-70.