Bill Mellett Photography

Using my own life's experiences as the canvas for my work.

Jai Ho

Sir Ken Robinson describes “the element” as:
“the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels.”  

The girls of the Northwest High School Sidekicks were in my opinion certainly in their element when I photographed them performing their Spring Show.

One dance routine in particular, “Jai Ho” really came together well.  The song was from the movie from India, “Slumdog Millionaire” where the cast at the end of the movie were all dancing.  The dance was likewise Ballywood inspired; very difficult choreography.  They all moved in very fast, fluid motion together.  The moves were complicated and physically demanding but, they made it look easy.

The fact that my daughter was one of the dancers brought me a special kind of pride.  I honestly had a hard time staying dry-eyed watching her and her tribe perform their magic.  All those years of her bouncing and twirling around the house seemed to really mean something now that she’d brought it to this level.

A tip of the hat also goes to whoever designed the stage lighting for this performance.  They really did a good job of using effective back lighting for silhouettes and for choosing the right colors for the right mood and to coordinate with the costumes.

I hope that you enjoy the video as much as I do.

See for yourself here. (For best results turn “HQ” on and “Stretch” off.

Check out the stills by clicking below.