Folly Beach Dances

A day spent on the beach is a universally relaxing and joyful experience!


If you could spend a perfect day at the beach and name it with a dance, what dance would it be?

Join Sheree and Russell Nielsen on a photographic journey inspired by Sheree’s previously published essay, Beach Dances, to find out.

A 2015 da Vinci Eye Award winner, Folly Beach Dances combines the couple’s love affair with Folly Beach, South Carolina, along with lyrical movements and universal beauty – expressed through dance names.   It tells the story of sandpipers, babies, dogs, and yes, even structures moving in infinite rhythm.

Literary interpretations from award-winning women authors, including the couple, accompany their lyrical photographs of Folly Beach.

Diagnosed with lymphoma in June 2012, Sheree donates 10 percent of every book sale to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Deb Kersting, the Gateway Chapter Director of LLS in St. Louis, has written the foreword for the book.

The ‘healing’ coffee table book is dedicated to beach lovers, dancers, dreamers, the residents of Folly Beach, and those with ailments.


Praise for Folly Beach Dances

Folly Beach Dances evokes beautiful imagery, touching on all the senses. Viewing the gorgeous photography and reading the lyrical prose will have you smelling salty air and feeling sand between your toes. It’s the perfect antidote for a cold winter day as it will transport you to the lush South Carolina Lowcountry and a summer spent along the Atlantic Ocean in Folly Beach.”

~ Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of Return to Tradd Street

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“A breathtaking visual treat. Nielsen has the unique ability to turn a 2D photo collection into a 3D experience.”

Sandra Carrington-Smith, bestselling author of The Book of Obeah

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Folly Beach Dances is beautiful, inspirational, amazing. With stunning photography, poetry and prose, it will spark the creative edge inside you.  Do something wonderful for yourself and your spirit, and enjoy Folly Beach Dances.”

~ Tracy Hoobyar, Living Hope Health

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“A wonderful collection of photos that evoke a sense of freedom and happiness. Each image allows the viewer to get lost in a peaceful place, completely unchained from life’s burdens.  With the skies, sand, waves and wildlife, no sea shell is required to hear the sounds of the beach.”

Max Gersh, staff photographer, Rockford Register Star

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“Each image and its inspired words speak to the alluring pull of Mother Ocean, the sometimes magical synergy of man and nature, or the indomitable playfulness of the human spirit.

~ Dianna Graveman, MFA, Editor, Author, and Educator

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“Sheree and Russell’s photographs, and literary reflections sculpted by the couple and women author friends, transport me to the South Carolina shoreline, feeling the air, hearing the sounds, and seeing the light rays dancing in the water. Amazing!

~ Craig Burhart, Indepth Watersports

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“If this book doesn’t make you grin, you should see a doctor. My cousin manages an extraordinary feat in her latest work.  Her photos evoke the power of Mother Nature and our relationships, all the while reminding us of the true meaning of life on the beach: copious amounts of fun.”

~ Joe Palazzolo, reporter, The Wall Street Journal


“In a harmonic blend of artful whimsy, great photography and delightful writing, Folly Beach Dances is a wonderful tribute to a beautiful travel destination and the unbridled joy in Sheree Nielsen’s everyday spirit. The book is an inspiration to those who have forgotten how to hear the music, or who never learned to dance.”

~ Deborah Marshall, Founder, Warrior Arts Alliance, and past president, Missouri Writers Guild

Copyright 2014-2017 by Ocean Spirit, LLC.   All rights reserved.

Ocean Spirit waves - cropped for spine


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3 Responses to Folly Beach Dances

  1. admin says:

    Folly Beach Dances has gone to print. If all goes well, we are looking at a late March publication date!

  2. admin says:

    Looks like books will be available mid April. We’ll open up the ORDER BOOKS page at that time. Stay tuned!

  3. I dance on the beach most days in Spain and England.

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