Moose Blues is over! And it was fantastic! I had a really great time seeing everyone enjoying themselves, learning and dancing until late at night :D
Moose Blues is very close to my heart because three years ago Francesca, Elin and I started it. When I moved to Oslo there was no blues dancing scene and I really wanted to have one. I befriended Elin and Francesca, who also loved blues so we banded together with the goal of building a fun, inclusive and sustainable blues dance scene. Over the past three years we have organized many smaller workshops and taught classes and tasters together to bring this dance to as many as we can but our crowning jewel is definitely Moose Blues.
Every year we aspire to bring you the best dancing, the best music and the best aspects of Norwegian culture we can. We're very proud of what we have accomplished and there are so many people around us who support us in bringing this festival forward. I really hope that next year we keep on going forward at the pace we have set. To use internet slang: I is hype!
Today I want to share some of the videos that I took during Moose Blues. Of course I recorded the teacher's introduction and their performances but it was also Ruth's birthday this weekend so I recorded her birthday jam too. On the troll adventure on Saturday Maren and Dag Are sang a beautiful Norwegian lullaby. These videos are bundled into a nifty playlist for your viewing pleasure :)
Providing live music this weekend was the amazing Dan Nash. This guy is incredible, he has been playing for the blues dance community for many years. I was shocked to search YouTube and found few good videos of his performances. Most are just bad phone videos, some have bad white balance and some are good but just boring. I thought this should change because this guy deserves to be heard and everyone deserves to hear him!
During the event I recorded most of his performance and made another playlist of those songs. I don't have all of them edited yet so come back later because the playlist will grow a lot!
I took almost all of the videos with my 14mm Samyang lens with it's characteristic super wide angle. This gives the videos a super cool exaggerated depth. Things that are closer are dispreportionately large and farther away is dispreportionately smaller. You can especially see this when people get close to the lens (Mike and Dan's performance comes to mind specifically). I'll do a review of this lens at a later point. Leave a comment below if you think I should do a blog post review with lots of examples or if I should do a video review.