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How Stella Gets Her Groove On
Photograph by Brian Lanker

Voted the Hostess With the Mostess by the Austin Chronicle, and Miss Congeniality and Miss Vivacious at two Ms. Texas Senior America pageants, Stella Boes dances every chance she gets during her shifts at the Carousel Lounge in Austin. She's been waiting tables at the club for 18 years, but dancing since she was "in the cradle." "Dancing keeps me in shape, it's my happiness, it's togetherness, and it puts smiles on people's faces." Depending on what the band plays, customers may catch her performing snippets of jitterbug, waltz, mariachi, Ukrainian dance, or Texas two-step. "I'm in another world when I dance. If I go on the dance floor, that's OK because that's when I'm happiest." (Read more about Stella in Field Notes.)
Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Hasselblad Leaf Valeo 22
Format: Digital
Lens: 80mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Indoor
Time of Day: 1:38 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: I used two studio strobes with umbrellas and two heads at 300- and 400-watt seconds output.
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