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Trouw’s Dance Like No-One’s Watching Camera Ban






Dutch photographer Martijn Savenije has written a blog post approving of Amsterdam club Trouw’s recent decision to ban photographs, admitting that having a camera pointed at him when he’s dancing provokes a ‘state of hyper self-awareness’.


“I don’t know about you, but I like to look good in pictures. Yes, I’m that shallow,” he wrote in a posting on the underground club’s website. “It’s just that I’d rather not end up on one of those “Worst Party Pics Ever”-websites. (Trouw; )


His comments echoed the sentiment of country singer William W. Purkey whose 1987 hit ‘Come from the Heart’ went viral after Kathy Mattea covered it in 1989.


“You’ve gotta sing like there’s nobody listening. And live like it’s heaven on earth,” the song says, “You’ve gotta’ dance like there’s nobody watching.”


The downside of dancing like nobody’s watching, however, was highlighted by British etiquette bible Debrett’s in 2008, in their must-read manual  A-Z of Modern Manners.


“As the night progresses you may think you’re becoming a better dancer, but the opposite is usually true. If you’ve turned into a sweaty, uncoordinated muddle of flailing limbs it is time to withdraw,” they recommended.


“If you are out with one other person don’t leave them sitting on the sidelines while you take to the dance floor. They may well be bored by the spectacle of you dancing or, worse still, secretly laughing,” they suggested.








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