2011 Tango Calendar by Ron Clarke
Ron Clarke’s Tango Calendar, which features Tango dancers from Colorado at the Avalon Ballroom in Boulder and Cheesman Park in Denver, is truly original. Ron Clarke has studied photography since the 1970’s, and started his Salsa and Tango dance training in the mid 90’s (but has since focused on salsa). His love of Tango has transferred to his photography.” It takes knowledge of dance to take photos of dancers, since the photographer should know the right poses that express the technique associated with a particular dance. For example, a ballet dancer’s poses would be different than a Tango dancer’s poses. Renowned Tango instructor Cacho Dante says that “the tango is a feeling that is danced…You can dance love, rage, happiness, pleasure, every mood. The tango is not a dance to demonstrate ability but rather an interpretation of feeling.” For years, Ron, who dances Tango and Salsa, has tried to figure out how to share dance with other people through photography. Although there are several types of tango music and dance, Argentine Tango is the style that Ron is more familiar with, and it is very popular throughout the world.
The images in the calendar capture the intimacy, connection, and elegance of Tango. In the photographs in the calendar, the lighting is dim, but the intensity of the dancers and the background stand out. October shows dancers Dana Swift and Jess Rodriguez (taken at the Avalon Ballroom, Boulder) under a golden chandelier that has white lace drapes and a pair of red high-heels hanging from it. Dana is standing against Jess, with her weight on her left leg and her right leg fully extended backwards, toes pointed out, and her back almost straight. Jess’s feet are about one foot apart and crossed, legs slightly bent, arms firmly holding Dana. This photo captures the “feeling” that Cacho Dante describes as well as advanced Tango technique. Dancers Sue Thompson and Darrell Sanchez pose at Cheesman Park, with a water fountain and white pillars in the background. The calendar also shows that Tango is international because the days and months are in five languages—Spanish, English, French, Italian, and German—and it comes with a list of 2011 Tango Festivals around the world.
Please look at the photos and videos of Tango (to the left).
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