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Sunday Snapshot: Athletes of God

Posted Jan 31 2010 5:20am

Photo by René Michaels -- Performers: Dancers Workshop Austin

I don’t know if Albert Einstein really ever said that “Dancers are the athletes of God.” Whoever said it was a pretty smart individual, though. The statement sets dancers apart from other athletes. Physically proficient and powerful, yes, but with a deeper, perhaps more spiritual connection to the self and to the enigmatic force of creation (which, depending on your view, may indeed be a higher power). Not to say that athletes involved in sport do not find a similar connection; some do. However, players gather together on the field to play, to win, to do a job well. Dance, at its best is an act of creation that expresses something of the inner qualities of its maker, its participants, and its audience.

About the Photographer: René Michaels is a professional photographer in Austin, TX. His interest in dance stems from growing up in the Los Angeles, CA. area in the ’70s & ’80s where, working as a dance club Disc Jockey, he witnessed the birth of Hip-Hop and got his “fifteen minutes of fame” appearing on the nationally syndicated TV series “Soul Train” as a featured dancer for several years. Rene’s has a special talent for dance action photography. His work has been featured in local newspapers, national magazines and websites. His clients include dance studios, professional dance companies, choreographers, high school dance teachers, individual dance talent and event promoters in Texas and throughout the U.S. You can view more of his photos at René Michaels Photo & Design

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