So, with the prospect of a Friday night in front of the TV, I was enticed away by an invite from Charlie Ross, leader of a new Glasgow based dance troupe, Slanj Pride. There were a couple of things that drew me to this 1. a chance to shoot dance up close, an opportunity that doesn't often arise and the beautiful location at Mar Hall.
I'd been considering making my way to this beautiful hotel to drop off a few business cards and try and get on to their wedding supplier list. I was somewhat daunted by the surfeit of albums from other photographers along the main hall, and with no wedding in my pocket at the venue, I chickened out of this plan.
I did have a lovely meal at Il Posto, the restaurant in the grounds of the hotel, before meeting up with the 7 (later 8) ladies of Slanj Pride, their kilt supplier, Brian and Brian's pal who was videoing on his SLR.
The event was a charity dinner following gold event at the hotel's course. The aldies weren't due on until 8:30 (eventually just after 9) so we had some time to grab quick head shots and group shots out in the grounds. It was a cold evening, so needless to say the shots outside were quite speedy. I was then treated to the sight of the ladies practising and testing out their interchangeable kilt fronts. They practised to beats so each move was an echo of a "duh".
It was a lot mroe impressive when they finally sprang into coordinated action in front of the dinner guests. A Scottish piece which evolved from a few highland dance steps into a mixture of pompom waving cheerleading and dancing. It certainly woke them up.
A charity auction ensued, with the ladies of the troupe holding up the prizes, some of which went for eye watering prices, all in a good cause of course.
The final raffle draw was performed by Ricky Ross (whom I had last seen in the flesh at Whitley Bay Arena at a Deacon Blue gig, before most of the dance troupe had been born. Needless to say, with all this dancing youth about me, I did feel the weight of my years a little. A final dance to a Deacon Blue tune and the ladies were free for a few more shots before packing up and leaving.
Some of the pics can be seen over on my Flickr pages, including some with the troupe in the midst of their routines.