June 2020 - Carlton Towers, N. Yorkshire

4 professional dancers, 2 days, lunch and refreshments

Carlton Towers Dance Photography

Portfolio Builder Days are co-hosted by Saracen House Studio.

Let's Dance!

A Two-Day Photography Experience

Are you hungry to make new and exciting images? Do you love to capture the exquisite beauty of the human form in motion? Sounds like two days of dance photography would be your thing.  Join us on the Let’s Dance! portfolio building weekend and photograph a riot of classical and contemporary dance styles in one of the most opulent and exciting locations in the UK.

Who? Bring on the dancers…

Dance photography is such a broad term but what links all dance genres together is movement and emotion; that heady combination is what makes it such a fascinating subject to shoot. Our professional dancers are drawn from the worlds of classical ballet, musical theatre and commercial performance to provide you with an electric mix of dance styles. You will capture the sublime elegance of the classical ballerina en pointe; the angles and shapes of razor-sharp contemporary ballet; the funk and flamboyance of modern pop/jazz moves. What you will witness is story-telling through the art of dance, on every page another rich and wonderful character to photograph.

Where? Setting the scene

Performers of this calibre deserve a grand stage - and so do you. That’s why we have chosen Carlton Towers. This palatial family home is a Grade I listed building in the Victorian Gothic-revival style and set in 250 acres of parkland. Located in a rural corner of North Yorkshire, Carlton Towers has all the splendour and fascination you would expect from a stately home, each room another visual delight. It has been describes as combining history and beauty on an epic scale and nobody could argue with that.

Carved oak panelling; lavishly ornate fireplaces and ceilings; ancestral paintings and wall hangings; wide imposing stairs and hand-painted antique furniture: everywhere you look there are interesting backdrops for your shots. We will provide the lighting equipment but there is also a wealth of natural light. Long windows in the state rooms, leaded panes and stained glass give the place a wonderful ambience with the glow from table lamps and crystal chandeliers to add more interesting possibilities. Outside, more opportunities still. A sweeping stone staircase, acres of manicured lawn and a beautiful formal garden. Art meets Art. Our dancers will be in their element.

Assistance? The Tech Boys

You will be in a small group of four photographers so there is plenty of time to get the shots. Each group will have a technical and lighting assistant to help and advise. With these guys around, you won’t have to waste precious time setting up lights; with a minimum of testing, you’re ready to shoot.

You will require a DSLR or CSC camera plus a selection of lenses that ideally cover the following focal lengths:

Full Frame: 24mm - 200mm
APS-C Crop: 35mm - 150mm
Micro 4/3: 12mm - 100mm

Studio lighting, reflectors, constant lights will all be provided. If you have your own lights that you would like to use then please get in touch well in advance of the event so we are able to work out how we can integrate them into the sets.

This is an intermediate level event aimed at photographers who are interested in adding some dramatic dance styled shots to their portfolios. Each group of 4 photographers will have an experienced technical assistant working with them.

The event is based in the fabulous Carlton Towers. A stunning Gothic Mansion not far from the M62 in Yorkshire.

As this is a two day event those delegates travelling some distance may prefer to stay overnight on the Monday. The venue offers a number of Holiday Cottages within the grounds which can be booked direct with them. 


We would also recommend the Odd Fellows Inn. Situated in the village of Carlton this recently refurbished pub and restaurant has 9 en-suite rooms available at £80 per night on a room only basis. To book please call the pub directly.

We have 4 professional dancers for this event.



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Venue Phone: 07969 414425

Location Workshop, Head Office Address, Check Individual Event, Lincoln, LN8 6NH


This is a location workshop, the address shown on the registration information is our head office. Please check the event description for details of the location of the event, the exact meeting point will be emailed to delegates a week prior to the event.

For more information please email steve@andrewappleton.com

  • Just Dance! - June 2020
    June 22, 2020 - June 23, 2020
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - Portfolio Builder 2 Day Dance Event at Carlton Towers, N. Yorks.
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