Dancing Real Good For Free.

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Good Evening:

At first, I thought she had fallen in the middle of a group of UC Berkeley students at the Downtown Berkeley BART station as she thrashed on one bench. Then I thought she was tripping on bad drugs when she sprang to her feet and ran all the down to the east end of the platform. Then I thought she was just plain bat-bleep crazy when she sat on another concrete bench and tied herself into one odd contortion after another.

Then she stood, lifted one foot over her head in a stretch, and practiced some soft shoe steps.

So I was wrong three times. This young woman was an aspiring dancer, practicing and performing, and to paraphrase Joni Mitchell, “dancing real good for free.”

No editing at all–BART stations have weird light that makes pictures hard without expensive equipment or time to prepare or experience in bad lighting conditions.

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And when she finished her performance-slash-practice, she ran all the way to the other end of the platform to catch the Fremont train home.

Vonn Scott Bair

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2 responses »

  1. Non-manipulated photos: feature. These pictures, in their perceived accuracy, gave me a strong sense of being there in the Berkeley station, as i was many times, decades ago. Amazing how little the platform has changed since the 1980s.

    • S.P.: Thanks for writing. Very true–the Downtown Berkeley station has changed very little since I moved to San Francisco in the early 80s. Than again, perhaps we should not feel so surprised. Berkeley has always been a staid, conservative town, content with the status quo, little inclined to change. Vonn Scott Bair PS–Maybe I’m kidding. Just a little.

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