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23 Feb 2018


This project is part of a region-wide programme of youth dance activity to celebrate the arrival in Ipswich of U.Dance 2018, the national festival of youth dance. Follow along with all activity on social media with #EastYouthDance.

DanceEast is offering 10 places on a free dance photography project including:

  • A 2 day workshop in a professional theatre environment at DanceEast
  • up to 2 hours of one-to-one mentoring with leading dance photographer Chris Nash
  • an opportunity to select two images from the workshop to be exhibited during the National U.Dance Festival this year hosted by DanceEast at the Jerwood DanceHouse.

The places are available to anyone 19 years and under, wishing to explore dance and movement photography in a professional working environment.

Chris leads dance photography workshops all over the world and through his touring exhibitions he has built an international reputation as “Our most imaginative interpreter of Dance.” – The Guardian.  He takes photographs both in a studio setting and on-stage, creating striking publicity images for Dance companies such as  Richard Alston Dance Company, Rambert and the Royal Ballet.


Tuesday 3 April | 10am-4pm

Chris will guide the students through the demanding process of photographing dance in the theatre, utilising a full lighting rig. They will work with trained dancers directed by an experienced dance professional, providing a range of movement and dance movement configurations for the students to explore photographically.

Wednesday 4 April | 10am-4pm

Chris will lead the students through a day of ‘light painting’. The theatre will be treated as a ‘black box’ with the dancers lit purely by coloured light beams, tac lights and torches, allowing the photographers to paint light on to and around the dancers bodies, creating colourful, abstract photographs of the figure.


Each participant will have up to 2 hours of one to one mentoring with Chris. Through the mentoring process each student will work with Chris to review their images and select two for exhibition.


DanceEast will reproduce the selected images and host an exhibition during the U.Dance Festival taking place at the Jerwood DanceHouse on Friday 13 – Sunday 15 July.


You will need to bring along the following equipment:

Cameras – Participants should have access to an entry level DSLR camera or better, with auto and manual focus, auto and manual exposure, capable of slow shutter speeds of several seconds or b (bulb – shutter remains open while shutter release button is held down), high iso settings (1600 or higher) and interchangeable lenses.

Lenses – Standard lenses are ok but a variety of lenses will enhance this experience. Lenses with a wide maximum aperture (f2.8 or wider) and a mix of wide to telephoto focal lengths are recommended.

Tripod – this is essential for the second day.

Clothing – Students are asked to wear black clothing on the second day.

Book your place

Deadline Friday 16 March

Download your booking form here and email to


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