Dance Location Photography with Rambert Dance Company dancers

Following on from the great time we had at the last dance location shoot (view photos), let's once again combine our favourite thing (street photography) with my favourite thing (dance) and get some great photos!

And this time, I have a huge treat for you - we'll be joined by some dancers from this country's top contemporary dance company, Rambert - this is a very rare opportunity to work with some of this country's top dancers!

This time, we'll revisit some of the historical gardens in the City which we visited back in March (photos here), and have the mixture of urban, garden and river backdrops for our photos. We will be meeting at the Wetherspoons by Tower Hill station.

I've hired four dancers for this shoot; location photography is normally with only one dancer, so it's very rare to shoot two dancers together on location!

Wide-angle lenses will be needed - a 24-70mm f/2.8 is the optimal lens for location work; tripods won't be needed, and flash isn't allowed, as we'll be shooting in groups. And be prepared to get your clothes a bit dirty, as sometimes the best shots require lying down!

Although the dancers have experience in modelling and location work, and won't need direction from the photographers, please do have a look at Jordan Matter's work at www.dancersamongus.com (he is THE leading dance location photographer) and my friend James Rowbotham's website: www.perfectlandscape.com for inspiration and ideas; James travels extensively for his location work, and has recently shot on location in Vancouver, Buenos Aires, New Zealand, Thailand and Paris. 

Payment up front is required to secure your place; cash on the day will not be accepted. I will restrict numbers a few days before this shoot, so please ensure you book your place in time!

All photos in this description are by Jordan Matter. 

My phone number, should you need it, is[masked]; we will be providing the dancers with our photos afterwards via a shared Dropbox folder.

Here is a video of Rambert in rehearsal for their recent performances at Sadler's Wells, so that you can see (some of) the dancers in advance: there's a lot of Mbulelo, a little of Pierre, a tiny bit of Carolyn (red top) and Julia watching from the side (very end; orange top).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjq-exC5XZo


About The Dancers

(photo: Julia Gillespie & Mbulelo Ndabeni)

Julia Gillespie

From Sydney, Australia, Julia started her dance training in Australia before moving to the UK to complete her training at the prestigious Royal Ballet School.

Prior to joining Rambert in 2010, Julia danced with Ballet de Victor Ullate, Madrid and the Dutch National Ballet, and has worked with many of the world's leading choreographers.

Julia is a keen photographer!

(photo: Julia Gillespie & Mbulelo Ndabeni)

Mbulelo Ndabeni

From South Africa, Mbulelo trained in South Africa and San Francisco before winning a scholarship to train in London.

Prior to joining Rambert in 2007, Mbulelo danced in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake and for Cape Town City Ballet.

A talented choreographer and teacher as well as dancer, Mbulelo will soon be leaving Rambert to begin life as a freelance choreographer.

(Photo: Pierre Tappon)

Pierre Tappon

From Angoulême, France, Pierre completed his training in London at the London Contemporary Dance School.

Pierre joined Rambert in 2013 after seven years with Richard Alston Dance Company. He teaches and choreographs regularly.

Pierre is a very keen photographer, and is very proud of his new Nikon D610!

(Photos: Carolyn Bolton)

Carolyn Bolton

From South Carolina, USA, Carolyn's training included the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.

She has performed with New York City Ballet and worked with the Wideman/Davis Dance Company,Unbound Dance Company, and Spartanburg Ballet prior to joining Rambert in 2013, while her choreographic work includes solos for significant dance competitions.   

And here's an extra photo of Julia:

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  • Chantal G.

    Pamela, I see that you have decided to reverse your repayment for the workshops yet again. Please remember that you attended both workshops, therefore payment for both workshops is mandatory. I am shocked that you are unable to pay accordingly.

    June 26

  • Rossella

    Hello, was good to meet everybody on Sunday. unfortunately I have just seen all the emails - they were in the spam folder! will need to load some of the images as soon as I sort them out this week end.

    June 13

  • Paul A.

    Wow, there are some amazing images appearing from this shoot. The dancers looked fantastic. Such a pain I was at work and missed it. How fortunate the photographers had Chantal provide such a great workshop. I hope maybe this can be repeated sometime.

    1 · June 13

  • Jeremy

    such a good idea that Chantal. I hope you arrange something similar again some time.

    1 · June 9

    • Aluette V.

      Hello it was a pleasure to meet you

      1 · June 11

  • Matt

    Thanks very much Chantal, the dancers were excellent and great fun! Met some lovely people, hope to see you all again soon

    1 · June 9

  • Debbie B

    Thank you Chantal - a really great day and amazing dancers. Now I just have to sort through all the photos I took ...

    1 · June 9

  • Frank

    It was a wondeful experience and wish to thank once again everyone that made it possible, Awesome!

    2 · June 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lovely day out!!! Amazing dancers.

    1 · June 9

  • Stephanie B.

    Thanks again Chantal. Another fantastic meet up. And what amazing dancers!!!!!

    4 · June 8

    • Chantal G.

      I agree - they've thoroughly spoiled us!! :)

      4 · June 8

    • Paul S.

      Super,super day :)

      June 9

  • Chantal G.

    Many many many thanks to everyone who came and for making this such a wonderful day - and so great to see Jeremy and Patrick again after so long! :)

    1 · June 8

  • Louise

    Really enjoyed it, thank you for a great day!

    2 · June 8

  • James

    Was definitely a really fun day, thanks to Chantal, the dancers, and all of you lot :)

    2 · June 8

  • Aluette V.

    It was great today, Lovely people. Thanks a lot everyone

    2 · June 8

  • Pavlina

    Thank you Chantal

    1 · June 8

  • Dries V.

    Really enjoyed it, looking forward for other challenges.

    2 · June 8

  • Phil H

    Another great event, thanks Chantal!

    2 · June 8

  • Chantal G.

    When you get to Tower Hill station, cross the garden in front of you, and the pub is next to Brasserie Blanc. We'll be sitting upstairs, near the front door. Please don't be late!

    1 · June 8

  • Laura M.

    I'm not sure I have quite the right lenses but it sounds too good to miss so going to give it a go!

    June 7

    • Laura M.

      That would be great - thank you!

      June 8

    • Chantal G.

      I've also got a 35-70mm, but that'll probably be my main lens for today!

      1 · June 8

  • Chantal G.

    Please can everyone try to arrive for 1pm (but not too much earlier) so that we have half an hour to discuss the workshop before we set off at 1.30pm. Anyone arriving after this time will have to join us en route.

    June 7

  • Chantal G.

    Fourth dancer has been confirmed; our four dancers are: Mbulelo Ndabeni, Pierre Tappon (recently of Richard Alston Dance Company), Carolyn Bolton and Julia Gillespie. I haven't yet found any decent photos or footage of the first three, but I'll see what I can find.

    3 · June 4

    • Paul S.

      haha,, I may let him have a go ;) Great video, the picture's and dancers look amazing think we would all be happy if we get a couple like that :)

      1 · June 5

    • Chantal G.

      I bumped into Julia this evening - she said she's really looking forward to it :)

      1 · June 6

  • Louise

    This is all very cool! Question, I've never done any dance photography before, is there anything I should read up on first for technique or will you give us tips on the day? Also, reading the comments about lenses it looks like the 24-70mm is the lens of choice…only thing is I don't have one! Will I be ok with my 50mm 1.8 on a cropped sensor (nikon d7100). otherwise i just have an[masked]mm but is that going to be way too slow even if we're outside? Looking forward to Sunday :)

    June 5

    • Chantal G.

      Hi Louise, I've posted some guidelines and links to websites in the description above. A cropped 50mm may not be wide enough, so do bring your zoom, otherwise I might be able to lend you a lens or two. Do make sure you look at Jordan's and James's websites to get ideas of what you'd like to do :)

      June 5

    • Louise

      that's great! Thank you :)

      June 5

  • Chantal G.

    A brief interview with Carolyn Bolton: http://blog.dancedirect.com/2014/06/03/carolyn-bolton/

    June 5

  • Rossella

    so looking forward to this event. just hoping that the weather will be kind to us.

    1 · June 4

  • Phil H

    These guys look fantastic. Sunday can't come soon enough, whatever the weather.

    2 · June 5

  • Chantal G.

    Now updated with photos and bios of the dancers, and a rehearsal clip of them, so that you can find out more about them in advance.

    June 5

  • Debbie B

    Hi Chantal - any particular recommendations for lenses? I usually use zoom rather than prime (although I have both). Would 24-70mm be ok for this?

    June 3

    • Phil H

      I suspected as much. Thanks for confirming, I'll leave the zoom at home instead of lugging it along...

      June 4

    • Chantal G.

      It might be interesting if you want blurred motion shots, but you don't need that lens for that! Someone else might have a Canon lens they can lend you; I've only got Nikon.

      June 4

  • Chantal G.

    I'm checking with some more dancers at Rambert to see if they can join us for this; if so, I can open up some more spaces for Sunday.

    2 · June 3

    • Chantal G.

      I'm also meeting up with one of the dancers this evening - I'm sure we'll be able to get a fourth dancer for this!

      June 3

    • Chantal G.

      5 more spaces added now :)

      June 3

  • Pavlina

    I've got prime lens 50mm f1.2, will be useful too?

    June 2

  • Maria C.

    I can't believe I'm going to miss this! ughhh! hope there's another one soon.. =)

    June 2

  • Louise

    Very exciting! :)

    1 · May 30

  • Beverly B.

    This sounds so amazing (and I used to dance), unfortunately the purse is pretty darned empty at the moment :-( Have been to Rambert numerous times in the past. Have a really inspiring time!

    1 · May 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm really sorry to miss this one but I'll be away that week. I think everyone going is lucky to get the chance to shoot with such a high standard of dancers. Good luck and I'll watch for the images to be uploaded.

    1 · May 29

  • Chantal G.

    It looks like I'm going to have some amazing dancers for this one!! *grins*

    1 · May 29

    • Chantal G.

      Title of this workshop has been updated accordingly :)

      May 29

  • Paul S.

    This does look pretty cool.

    1 · May 29

    • Chantal G.

      Thanks! It's a lot of fun, and a great way to combine street photography with dancers!

      1 · May 29

  • Stephanie B.

    Hello. Yay! I have just paid but not coming up as going... Hopefully you've got my payment!

    May 14, 2014

    • Chantal G.

      Thanks for letting me know! Payment received, many thanks - I've updated the RSVP list. Yeay! :)

      1 · May 14, 2014

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