Today’s photo was taken at a Multicultual Celebration in Jerome, Idaho. The youth dancers, about 1400 of them, come from several different counties. The girls on the stage auditioned and were selected to be part of a specialty team which consisted of 20 young women. The photo has an interesting perspective with so many dancers creating a sea of arms at the foot of the stage. Something about the streamers and v-shaped wingspan reminds me of paper cranes!
About the photographer: Jolene Toland’s efforts to preserve memories through photography has expanded into a full fledge hobby. In fact, on any given day she, her friends, and/or family head off on photo safaris. Jolene has won several first, second, and third place awards at both local and state levels. The subject of most of her dance photography has been her own daughter but dance has always been a passion of Jolene’s. She says, “I love dancing and have had the privilege of watching my own daughter grow and learn through dance. It is her emotional outlet and way of expressing the poetry that is in her to the world.” It is her daughter’s own unique journey in dance, as well as a desire to provide hard-working young dancers with scholarship opportunities that has led Jolene in efforts to plan and design the Showcase Yourself Scholarship Dance Competition. “It is my way of giving back to the dance community.” For more information and news visit showcaseyourself.blogspot.com
Nichelle Suzanne is a writer specializing in dance and online content. She is also a dance instructor with over 20 years experience teaching in dance studios, community programs, and colleges. She began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. As a Houston-based dance writer, Nichelle covers dance performance for Dance Source Houston, Arts+Culture Texas, and other publications. She is a leader in social media within the dance community and has presented on blogging for dance organizations, including Dance/USA. Nichelle provides web consulting and writing services for dancers, dance schools and studios, and those beyond the dance world. Read Nichelle’s posts.