Scenes Around Jackson Photoblog

Rooftop Salsa Dance Party @ Fondren Corner (5.29.09)

Posted in 2009, Color, Digital, Fondren Corner, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on June 5, 2009

like the title says, there was a rooftop salsa dance party on the roof of Fondren Corner (located right in the heart of the Fondren Arts District of Jackson)

photographing dance is always a challenge.  there’s an energy to dance that is…well, it’s hard.

one of my favortie photographers, Annie Leibovitz, wrote in her recent book Annie Leibovitz: At Work , how, after staying for three weeks with Mark Morris and Mikhail Baryshnikov and photographing them and their dancers as they worked to constuct a new show she came to a conclusion that ended up being one of my favorite quotes of that book.

“I begin to understand that dance can’t be photographed, or even filmed for that matter, it’s an art that lives in the air”

Dance.

that movement.

that energy.

the laughing and the sweat and the flow of the music.

but just because something’s hard/impossible doesn’t mean it should stop you from trying to do it anyway.

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (1 of 26)

“Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire”
— George Bernard Shaw

“Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire”
– George Bernard Shaw

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (2 of 26)

“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.”
– Japanese Proverb

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (3 of 26)

“Love is a lot like dancing; you just surrender to the music.”
– Pierce Brosnon

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (4 of 26)

“Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals.”
– Charles Baudelaire

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (5 of 26)

“I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (6 of 26)

“Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.”
– Faith Whittlesey

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (7 of 26)

“Any problem in the world can be solved by dancing.”
– James Brown

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (8 of 26)

“Please send me your last pair of shoes, worn out with dancing as you mentioned in your letter, so that I might have something to press against my heart.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (9 of 26)

“There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.”
– Edwin Denby

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (10 of 26)

“We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive… and part of the living, incarnate cosmos.”
– D.H. Lawrence

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (11 of 26)

“Dance till the stars come down from the rafters
Dance, Dance, Dance till you drop.”
– W.H. Auden

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (12 of 26)

“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well.  Just get up and dance.”
– Dave Barry

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (13 of 26)

“Learning to walk set you free. Learning to dance gives you the greatest freedom of all: to express with your whole self the person you are.”
– Melissa Hayden

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (14 of 26)

“Talk about dance?  Dance is not something to talk about.  Dance is to dance.”
– Peter Saint James

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (16 of 26)

“To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.”
– Hopi Indian Saying

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (17 of 26)

“Dancers are the athletes of God.”
– Albert Einstein

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (18 of 26)

“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds.  A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”
– William James

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (19 of 26)

“Dancing is wonderful training for girls, it’s the first way you learn to guess what a man is going to do before he does it.”
– Christopher Morley, “Kitty Foyle”

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (20 of 26)

“Dance is the only art in which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.”
– Ted Shawn

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (21 of 26)

“The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie.”
– Agnes de Mille

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (23 of 26)

“The dance is the mother of the arts. Music and poetry exist in time; painting and architecture in space. But the dance lives at once in time and space.”
– Curt Sachs

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (24 of 26)

“While I dance I can not judge, I can not hate, I can not separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. This is why I dance.”
– Hans Bos

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (25 of 26)

“Dance for yourself, if someone understands good. If not then no matter, go right on doing what you love.”
– Lois Hurst

Fondren Corner Rooftop Salsa Dancing!  (26 of 26)

“On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;
No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet
To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.”
– George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

(and a special shout out to Rachel Jarman of The Bachelorettes.  thanks for reading the blog.  and for always dancing like there’s no-one watching) 🙂

have a good one everyone!  see ya next post.

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  1. Rachel said, on June 5, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    thanks for the shout out Patrick! I do love to dance, but especially when your watching!
    love love love the blog

  2. janinejulia said, on June 5, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Patrick, your work (as always) is incredible. I was so mad I missed the Peep Show when I was back in Philly, but I was able to see it through your work. I’ll look forward to checking your site regulary, it’s great.

    Thank you so much for capturing events around Jackson, it shows what a great time we have down South!

  3. Beth said, on June 5, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    These are awesome! I’m so glad my friend Kenneth recently directed me to your site here. I’m gonna check it regularly now 🙂

    • William Patrick Butler said, on June 5, 2009 at 10:34 pm

      hey beth! glad you found (and like) the site 🙂

      tell your friend kenneth thanks for me for showing you how to get here 🙂

  4. Sujan and Sarah Ghimire said, on June 27, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks for posting these great pictures from our event. You really captured the fun atmosphere of the party.

  5. Katie McClendon said, on August 6, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I love the picture of the woman in red, and then of course the last one…really great stuff!

  6. […] i’ve mentioned before, i’m a big fan of Annie Leibovitz’s work, esp the work she did when she documented […]


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