Music and Performance
31st Mar 2012 Posted in: Blog, Music and Performance, People 0
Zumba Fitness dance classes in Twickenham

Once upon a time I found myself accidentally (it’s a long story!) taking part in an aerobics class at a gym.  I can’t say that I was particularly good (i.e., in time to the music) but it was good fun and really energetic.  More recently I returned to a dance studio but this time thankfully in a less active role – taking photos.

With Zumba Fitness seemingly taking the fitness industry by storm there are classes popping up all over the country (and no doubt the world).  On a Monday night in Twickenham classes take place in the function room of the London Road pub and are taught by Alexandra Tyas.  I was asked to go along to one of the classes to get some photos of Alexandra ‘in action’ that would be used to help promote her Zumba business.

Now when you go to a gym/fitness class you don’t expect to see a photographer there taking photos of you so when I was introduced as “the man at the back of the room with the camera” there was a shuffling as attendees either moved to the other side of the room or practiced breathing in and holding their breath!  There was no reason for them to panic as Alexandra then said that I’d be photographing her and not specifically any individuals within the class.  The music then started and the class began.

Wow, is all could say.  Really energetic and exciting.  You don’t need to be super fit to go (but it helps) and if you’ve got no sense of direction then it really doesn’t matter – as long as you enjoy yourself (which it’s hard not to) then you’re more than welcome to go along to a class.

Here’s a few photographs from the shoot and if you want to find out more about Zumba classes in Twickenham then you’d definitely not go wrong by checking out Alexandra’s classes at the London Road pub.


29th Apr 2011 Posted in: Music and Performance, People 0

Well, this is something I’d never even heard about never mind be asked to take photos of but early in April we were asked to take some photos at an Opera Gala event being held by the London Jing Kun Opera Association (LJKOA). The event was being held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) which is part of the University of London on a lovely Spring evening.

30th Jan 2011 Posted in: Blog, Music and Performance 0

Last Sunday evening saw me down at The Boaters Inn in Kingston for their fantastic free weekly Jazz night.  The gig, which has been taking place for over 20 years had a special night planned to pay tribute to Chris Dagley, a drummer who played at Boaters many times over the years and tragically died last year.

Simon Carter, who runs the gig arranged to get as many people as he could who worked, performed and enjoyed the company of Chris to come down and have a great evening of music.

Carleen Anderson, Vanessa Haynes, Graham Dee and Natalie Williams

Carleen Anderson, Vanessa Haynes, Graham Dee and Natalie Williams

Some superb artists came and performed for free in what was the busiest night that I’ve ever seen in the pub.  We were graced by performances from artists such as Natalie Williams, Carleen Anderson and (the one and only!) Rick Astley!

A superb night was had by all, which kicked off at 8pm and ran until past 11pm.  I’ve got a large number of photos that will be posted to The Chris Dagley Memorial Page at Facebook over the coming days but for a smaller selection please have a look at this gallery.