Blog Archives

dancers, 6

Here’s one last look (for now, anyway) of dancers from the Dance Cuba performance that we were privileged to see.

Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba
Havana, Cuba
photographed 11.11.2022

dancers, 3

A row of dancers, moving in time to Cuban music, at a rate that blurred feet, blurred reality, blurred photos.

Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba
Havana, Cuba

photographed 11.11.2022

dancers, 2

Maybe you saw that post the other day about our visit to Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba?

Photographing those dancers was an exhilarating experience – it was freeing to shoot without knowing what sorts of images I’d end up with. There was no time to frame up a “perfect” shot so it became a time to just let the camera do its thing and be surprised at the results. And sometimes the camera did a better job at seeing and capturing what was there than I could have ever done if I’d tried to get a particular image. And so, I’m just going to give photo credit here to my camera, which was smart enough to get a shot that captured the movement and the speed and the emotions of the dancers.

Thanks, camera, for doing all the real work here.

Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba
Havana, Cuba

photographed 11.11.2022

dancers, 1

This was the highlight of the entire trip – the chance to watch performances of dancers from Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba, a highly regarded dance academy in Cuba.

I was going to write about the dances (a fusion of flamenco, ballet, Cuban rhythms, and other styles), the dancers (who attend academic and dance classes at the academy), or the founder (Lizt Alfonso, a highly regarded dancer and visionary). But nothing I can say will convey the passion, the precision, the dedication of the dancers. Or the passion and precision of the dances.

Ms. Alfonso spoke with our group after the performance and indicated the company would be touring internationally in 2024. You ought to try to catch a performance. (I mean – look at this video, and you’ll see what I mean.) (If you look at the video you’ll also see that my photo is a very, very poor capture of what I experienced.)

Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba
Havana, Cuba
photographed 11.11.2022

%d bloggers like this: