Photographer Captures Humans and Dogs Dancing Together

Photographer Bego Antón captures handlers and their dogs who love to dance.

ByMARIE A. MONTELEONE
November 3, 2015, 7:17 AM
PHOTO:Sandy and Jerry dance with their dogs, Bliss and Diva in Phoenix, Ariz.
Sandy and Jerry dance with their dogs, Bliss and Diva in Phoenix, Ariz.
Bego Antón

— -- When Spanish photographer Bego Antón was researching project ideas for an upcoming art residency in New York, she came across a YouTube video that featured Carolyn Scott and her dog, Rockie, dancing to the Grease hit, "You're The One That I Want."

In the video, Carolyn, dressed as Sandy, dances with her furry friend. When Antón saw this video, she knew immediately what her new project would be: "Everybody Loves to ChaChaCha.”

Antón discovered that this type of choreographed performance in which a dog and human move to music together is known as Musical Canine Freestyle. According to The World Canine Freestyle Organization, musical canine freestyle began in 1989 in Canada and eventually caught on in Europe and the United States. Antón met with some of the handlers and dogs that participate in this sport.

PHOTO:Barbara and her dance partner, Rambo, photographed in Quakerton, Pa.
Barbara and her dance partner, Rambo, photographed in Quakerton, Pa.
Bego Antón
PHOTO:Stephanie dances with her dog, Charleston, in Phoenix, Ariz.
Stephanie dances with her dog, Charleston, in Phoenix, Ariz.
Bego Antón
PHOTO:Rylee poses with her dancing partner, Izzy, in Quenn Creek, Ariz.
Rylee poses with her dancing partner, Izzy, in Quenn Creek, Ariz.
Bego Antón
PHOTO:Sandy and Jerry dance with their dogs, Bliss and Diva in Phoenix, Ariz.
Sandy and Jerry dance with their dogs, Bliss and Diva in Phoenix, Ariz.
Bego Antón
PHOTO:Frances and Candy strike a dance pose in Albuquerque, N.M.
Frances and Candy strike a dance pose in Albuquerque, N.M.
Bego Antón
PHOTO:Trophies from The World Canine Freestyle Organization on display inside a home.
Trophies from The World Canine Freestyle Organization on display inside a home.
Bego Antón

“Everybody loves to Chachacha” is the result of intimate portraits, personal stories and a short documentary on the lives of these teams that Antón witnessed. When Antón was asked if she thought these people were perhaps a bit dog crazy, Antón responded: "They are not crazy at all. They practice an uncommon sport and that is what makes them special, but the minute you spend a moment with them, you realize they are normal people. The only thing they are doing is having fun with their pets.”

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