Sunday, August 16, 2009

Dancing on the embankment of the Seine


I'm late posting, because I'm just back from a walk along the Seine, more precisely on the Quais Saint Bernard. During the summer season from Wednesdays to Sundays - providing it does not rain! -, you can find there Salsa dancers by the dozens. It's really amazing to see all these people dancing - some of them are really good - in front of the Seine. I watched them for 30 minutes then started taking photos. Here is one of them. More info (in French) on Danse avec nous, the association that promotes these nights.

26 comments:

  1. oooh, this looks like so much fun! Of course, I'm wondering if you ever started dancing yourself or just watched and snapped.

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  2. Love the way you captured the movement (you didn't even have to pixellate any faces). Looks like maybe they were dancing salsa.

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  3. Oops, you said it was salsa, didn't you? Say, is anyone else around or maybe you're all out on Saturday night.

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  4. pretty cool shot! I like the colors, the movement.

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  5. Man, that looks fun!

    -buzzgirl

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  6. Someone is wearing the now famous style, Michael Jackson hat, in the center of your photo. Nice hat! Young crowd.

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  7. Love this shot, Eric. Near where I live they also have groups of people dancing salsa and rhumba and so forth on a street closed to traffic. I love to stop and watch. This captures the movement but also the sheer pleasure the dancers have who love to come to thise things or who just happen by and are caught up in the passion of it. Beautiful!

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  8. Marvellous motion blur Eric! Love it. I really like Salsa so would have loved to see this. Did you dance too?

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  9. Hemingway was so right:

    Paris is a moveable feast!!!!

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  10. Salsa on the Seine, what could be better? Monica, you've got that right!

    Carrie, where? I want to go!

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  11. What a passionate-looking scene! Sultry. A perfect fit for hot summer nights.

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  12. Monica! So good to hear from you. I absolutelylove the 'moveable feast' reference. How many times have I read that book?

    Eric, your photo is great. Party on!

    Donc. Si je n'ai pas d'emploi, do you think that art tours could be a way to live in Paris?

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  13. It was a great party everyone. Not Miami, but just as much fun. You caught this one perfectly Eric, and you'll have to explain in private the person in the Michael Jackson hat to Lois.

    Ok Jeff, what's going on???

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  14. Petrea - they're on Fridays or Saturdays on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica(but, I don't know how they're scheduled)!

    Hmm - Michael, does that mean you're the one in the hat?

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  15. I KNEW it!! I knew you were the one in the hat, Michael, I just didn't like to say......... ;)

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  16. I KNEW it!! I knew you were the one in the hat, Michael, I just didn't like to say......... ;)

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  17. Were there a majority of Latinos(who possibly live in Paris) or just French who can sway their hips with the best of them? After growing up in Miami, I can tell the Anglos! When I taught elementary school, I would let the kids( mostly Cuban) dance for the last bit of time on Fridays. WOW was all I could remember.I think I enjoyed watching them as much as they let could let it rip.

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  18. No Lynn, it's not me.
    No Lynn, it's not me.

    PHX - I wish you had been my teacher!

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  19. NO, I did not dance! (Actually I'm old school, I dance Le rock, but not La Salsa! I love it though.

    Jeef, are you "sans emploi" ?

    Lois. Yes it was someone with the MJ looks, you're right - and as Michael pointed it out, she was a bit peculiar too. But I cannot talk about it here.

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  20. Eric, great minds must think alike. I posted my only two decent photos of the tango dancers on my Paris blog today. Did you find the tango dancers or were they taking a break the night you went. I'm glad you found the action. It was great fun wasn't it!
    V

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  21. Great shot. Reminds me of The dance at Moulin de la Galette.

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  22. Yes, Virginia, I found the tango dancers too. I'll probably use the photo later, because of the Seine in the background that gives it a special flavor.

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  23. The hat brings this contemporary scene into a parallel with Renior's painting from long ago. . .your wonderful movement capture is quite impressionistic (and impressive)!
    -Kim

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