This week, my friend Eli Newsom asked to use my studio to shoot some video of his tap dancing. Pictured above is Eli at work, with his wife Christy filming the fancy footwork.
Eli is an amazing tap dancer. I saw him as one of the leads in 42nd Street. He danced on top of a quarter – well, a large quarter, but a pretty confined space to be sure.
Eli’s feet move so fast they were a blur. OK, I did slow the shutter speed down here to 1/13th of a second, but this image is pretty realistic in terms of how we experience watching a truly professional tapper.
Eli gives private tap lessons, and also has DVDs and iPhone aps to learn how to tap dance. Check out his website. In his spare time, he’s a financial planner in New York and runs Bridgeport Theatre Company. No wonder he’s learned how to move fast!
These are Eli’s spiffy custom made tap shoes. Kind of a gangster feel to them. But Eli is a straight arrow through and through.
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Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.