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After our recent shoot with Metropolitan Ballroom for their portfolio portraits, we were invited to come along and photograph the students and instructors competing in the Heritage Classic in Asheville, NC. Being new to the ballroom dancing scene; this was my first time at a competition, which words can not really capture the level of how amazing this event was to be a spectator/photographer at. Getting to see all the professionals at their best is really a site to see! Thursday was really a blast for me personally as I enjoy smooth style dancing and got to see several foxtrots throughout the evening. Friday was all about the Latin dances and it was great to see some of the students from Metropolitan competing and taking home trophies!
The location was nothing to complain about either… Grove Park Inn is a beautiful place that has scenery, architecture, and style wrapped into one! Dave and I drove up on Thursday and got right to shooting pictures. It started snowing Friday morning and we got to drive back in it all the way back to Charlotte late Friday night. Everyone did such an amazing job at the competition and it feels great to be part of the dancing community here in Charlotte. We had a blast and can’t wait until the next competition… we’ll have the cameras ready! Enjoy some of the finals from the competition:
When David and I first met he immediately tried talking me into going ballroom dancing with his girlfriend and him. After I finally gave into giving it a chance, I was surprised by two things; 1.) How much I really enjoyed it and 2.) How NOT so easy it is… Ballroom dancing is such a relaxing, challenging, and great social activity. We have made several great friends at Metropolitan Ballroom including some of their amazing instructors like Clement, Tatiana, Ranko, Darinka and Nickolai.
The experience of watching professional ballroom dancers is honestly mesmerizing; the timing, practice, and passion that all show as a result in the final performance. Metropolitan has been apart of some really amazing stuff in the Charlotte community. They recently teamed up with the Charlotte Symphony for another one of their amazing events. The instructors and their students are constantly bringing back trophies from their competitions as well. If you’ve ever wanted to try or experience ballroom dancing, this is the place to do it!
One of the running jokes that we have is how every time we’re in the dance studio, we’re the ones playing and they are having to work. Well, the tables were finally turned on us when we were asked to come in and do some portrait work for them. David and I had a blast and many laughs with a great group of people! Be sure to check out their website for some other photos. Enjoy some finals from the day: