Bill Cunningham in New York

Every New Yorker knows that a few of Bill Cunningham's favorite haunts are the corner of 57th and 5th, the door of Barneys on Madison, and outside nearly every fashion show that ever happens in New York.
Only in New York!  Bill Cunningham (in blue) working the corner of 57th and 5th.  You just never know who will be there.
Sometimes I wondered how he seemed to be everywhere.....then I saw him one August morning with his getaway vehicle. There he was with his Nikon FM2 (one of my first cameras), and I with only my iphone.  Turns out, that was sufficient to capture the lensman in action. 
Is this "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with Bill Cunningham?  Or "The Bicycle Thief" with Bill Cunningham?
At 10 am on a Tuesday in August, even at eighty something years old, he was faster than the average cab plodding down Fifth Ave.

Faster than a speeding cab....and able to dodge traffic.
New York Times photographer beats New York Post delivery truck in drag race.....

Now you can watch an entire documentary on this New York street photography icon called "Bill Cunningham New York"  The invisible man behind the lens is finally caught in the open!  I can't wait to see it myself.

Havana, Cuba: Dancers at the Tropicana.

Down the stairs, in heels, without looking!  The Tropicana Show, Havana, Cuba.

Great gesture and attitude.  The Tropicana, Havana, Cuba

A whirl of hot pink and color...frozen in black and white.  The Tropicana.  Havana.
Full spin.  The Tropicana show in Havana.

A frenzy of frills and a great hat.  The Tropicana, Havana, Cuba

So much fringe in motion. Shakin' it at the Tropicana in Havana, Cuba.

Beautiful soft hands, body full of motion.  The Tropicana, Havana Cuba.

Beautiful twirl.  The Tropicana, Havana, Cuba
Giant smiles for the crowd at the Tropicana.

Full spin at the Tropicana in Havana.

Gesture and beauty in motion at the Tropicana in Havana.

Dance Class in Cuba: La CompaƱia Rakatan practices at the local municipal theater.

On Tuesday morning we arrived at this ballet school in Havana to watch a group of young women rehearsing.  The surrounding neighborhood gave no indication of what we would find inside. It was about 80 degrees outside, and only a little cooler in the darkened theater.
This is the apartment building on the left as we entered the Teatro Municipal de Marianao.

We arrived in the middle of rehearsal.  Some of the beautiful old seats are broken, the ceiling is clearly leaking, but the dancers are stunning. 
Rehearsing on stage, with the lights off and the windows open to keep things cool. 

The theater is dark, but still quite warm inside.  The dancers work without music, only following the voice of their teacher.
While the women practiced on stage, some men were dancing in a small classroom upstairs. 
Focused and graceful on stage.  Note the sneakers.

I was a little surprised to see a few of the women in shorts, not what you think ballerinas wear.  They use what they have.
At the door to the theater, even the dog is a dancer.
If you have workout gear, dance shoes, or anything appropriate you would like to donate to these women, send me an email at and I will give you an address.