Since summer break from the Shelley School is almost over, I’ve been reminiscing over how much fun I’ve had dancing and taking photos of Irish dancers in the past. I thought I’d share a few of the best Irish dance moments I have been able to catch on camera in the past.
I snapped this shot at Feile Denver a few years ago. I was so excited to see the result! I often love to tilt the camera to show a bit more of the surrounding area and add excitement to the photo. The tilted effect plus the difficult move Amelia pulls off gracefully makes this photo one of my absolute favorites.
Sierra is a very beautiful, dedicated and hardworking dancer and this photo shows that without even seeing her dance. If you look closely at her left ghillie you can see how worn out the bottom of the shoe is.
It’s hard enough to freeze the motion of a single dancer, let alone capture the synchronized movement of a group. Add the difficulty to actually get all the dancers to match perfectly in the first place and an impressive display of bright, colorful practice clothing and the result is probably the best Irish dance photo I’ve ever taken!
It took over 30 trys to get this leap frozen just right. Normally it wouldn’t take so long, but this is a photo I took of myself by setting the camera on a timer. It was worth it, even though I ended up more sore than usual the next day!
This is another photo I took a past Feile Denver. All the dancers were lined up and waiting for the Double Reel competition to begin. It’s a great capture of the beautiful array of colors you get to see Irish dancers wearing when you attend a Feis.
What’s the best Irish dance moment you’ve ever caught in a photo?
Photo credits: Shelly Allen – For more from Shelly, check out her Irish dance blog & art on www.shellyallenart.com.
Whether you are training for an Oireachtas, taking your first steps in Irish dancing or you just want to get fit in a fun way, Diddlyi has what you need. Access all of our online Irish dance workshops FREE for 24 hours - it takes less than a minute to register!