Lindy Jazz Summer Ball at the Three Tuns

15th July 2008

To view images from the Three Tuns function, please scroll down to the bottom of the home page, and click on the Lindy Jazz portfolio.

The scene was a candlelit function hall in the Three Tuns, Durham. It was a muggy evening and by around eight o' clock, the atmosphere was heating up, the band was swinging and toes were tapping. There followed a maelstrom of infectious music (courtesy of Andy the DJ), colour and most importantly, fast footwork.

This was a Summer Ball with a difference. Organised by Joo-Lee and Andy of, it was the culmination of Durham's 'Streets of Dance' festival.

The dancing was truly phenomenal and it was a massive challenge to do the dancers justice, armed only with a couple of cameras, some seriously fast lenses and a few flashguns.

To read about the techniques I used to shoot in near darkness, please have a look at my blog (located in the 'Links' button at the top of the page).

Joo-Lee has kindly offered to teach my fiancee and I to throw a few moves in time for our wedding in October. She claims to be able to teach someone to dance in one session and having seen a few of the 'one-sessioners' on Sunday night, I'm here to tell you it's a completely justifiable claim.

Altogether, a fantastic evening - I've rarely seen a group of grown ups grinning and laughing for such a prolonged period, all without the consumption of excess alcohol!