About the Book
This book is drawn from my archive of dance photos I've shot of City in Motion. I've been shooting since 1967 and shooting dance from the time I began ballroom lessons in Kansas City at Arthur Murray in the mid 1990s. Early in 1997 I started a small website to list places that we could go out dancing in. It grew, a lot.
Starting at the 2001 Dance in the Park (also City in Motion) I began shooting performance dance in addition to social dance. That led to more and more shooting with City in Motion. I was in at the start of the Modern Night at the Folly annual concerts in 2004. I shot every one of the Folly concerts so far. This book takes us through the 2013 concert, the 10th concert.
I've retraced my archives and web pages to gather the original program listings for each of the concerts so that you have the credits for the concerts and for each piece - titles, choreographers, music, dancers, musicians and, where I could, the production crew listings as well as who was on City in Motion's board of directors and staff at the time.
Lately I've also been shooting the side pictures most of us ignore, such as class before the performance (so routine that no one thinks of it), people hanging out, the building, waiting around at tech and backstage and so forth. Even my own picture to put in the book.
Here a community of performers and crew is formed which lasts across the years. That community is ultimately most important. As central as are performances they are a tiny amount of time spent compared to all the rehearsals and arrangements.
Mike Strong, February 15, 2013
I date my photography from 1967 when I took a summer course at the University of Nebraska. Cameras have been with me ever since, regardless of the job, sometimes fully in photography or using photography. Ballroom dancing, starting in 1994 brought me into dance photography until today almost all my photography is dance. I shoot either stills or video of a number of dance companies in the KC area and (since 1997) keep a calendar of events, lessons, dances, concerts on my KCDance.com website. KCDance also (no surprise) has extensive pictures of dance in KC as well as data on dance companies, studios, instructors and more, offering a free database where dancers/studios may enter their own calendar information.