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Dance in film – Dance Camera West 2009

May 12, 2009

Outside of the occasional mainstream film (i.e. Dance With Me, Take the Lead, Shall We Dance?) that comes out every few years, the art of dance in film is long past its prime. Back in the glory days of the 1930s through the 1960s, musical films filled the theaters each month, showcasing the amazing talents of people such as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.  Numbers were immaculately choreographed, practiced to perfection and filmed in a way to best capture the movement.

I recently became aware of an organization called Dance Camera West, which puts on a film festival every year to highlight films about dance.  For anyone in the Los Angeles area on June 5 -21, 2009, I would encourage you to check out their offerings and help support both independent films and dance in film.

While I am certainly thankful to the television industry for bringing dance back into the lives of people on a weekly basis, I still find that the hurried pace to learn and perform, often outside of the dancer’s background, less satisfying than the polish of film and stage.

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  1. May 23, 2009 11:56 pm

    Thanks for posting about this festival! It looks fascinating.

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