Dance film uses Lakebay backdrop

A&E: Seattle artist and filmmaker is shooting her next project at Lakebay Marina

of the GatewayFebruary 26, 2014 

Jacob Rosen and Dayna Hanson film dancers Jim Kent and Dylan Ward at Lakebay Marina and Resort last week.


Jim Kent and Dylan Ward danced down the long dock at Lakebay Marina. There was no music, only the wind, water and gulls.

Close to the end of the dock, Kent and Ward ran toward a camera as part of the filming for a new short.

Kent and Ward, both based in Seattle, are the stars of a dance video that is using the marina as a backdrop.

Filmmaker Dayna Hanson has ties to the area. Now based in Seattle, she grew up in Tacoma and spent summers and weekends on the Key Peninsula. Her family had property on Taylor Bay.

Hanson spent last year screening her first feature-length film, Improvement Club. That project also utilized the picturesque Key Peninsula.

“It’s so beautiful,” Hanson said. “I really like it here.”

Improvement Club screened at festivals, including South By Southwest, Citizen Jane and the Seattle Film Festival. It was chosen as Best Regional Film at the Tacoma Film Festival.

Kent said the plot of the film set in Lakebay is left up to the viewer.

The “setting and essence is what’s important,” he said.

Mark Scott, who took over the marina in 2012, said it makes sense to shoot at Lakebay because of the unique location.

Scott is enthusiastic about the project. Hanson said the film likely will be shown at the location once it’s complete.

Cinematographer Jacob Rosen, also based in Seattle, praised the location for the film. He said he liked using the long dock that leads out to the moorage.

Hanson said she’s been filming dance videos since about 2000. During a residency in Holland, she and a collaborator when “down the rabbit hole of dance film.”

Hanson’s background is in dance and dance theater. The film at Lakebay won’t be out for a while, but when it’s complete, she would like to screen it at worldwide dance film festivals.

For more information about Hanson’s films and art, visit

Reporter Karen Miller can be reached at 253-358-4155 or by email at Follow her on Twitter, @gateway_karen.

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