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Prodigy Event – 11/2010

by Administrator on Nov.26, 2010, under Show

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Once again,

We had the great chance to have our annual Legacy Shop Christmas Tree Lighting event. I will probably publish pictures as soon as I have time :-) .

However, I had to make time to share those photographs below with you. It is about the Prodigy dance group who came back more beautiful than ever to produce amazing and mesmerizing dance choregraphy.

The music they select is always of great elegance and ‘a propos’, pardon my french here… The kids look  like pro’. Their commitment seems boundless, their focus strong and their smile always present.

It seems they gained and lost people in the team since last year. Not sure though. I just wished one day they would reply back to my my mails where I attach the pictures I took :-) . Not that I need them to say anything special but maybe just ‘thanks for the photographs’? Maybe I scare them, seriously?  What do you think??

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Lone Star Circus – The Show 05/2010

by Administrator on May.26, 2010, under Show

And it is a wrap!

I invite you to look through the photographs I took during the latest Lone Star Circus event. It was held in Garland, Texas.  Here is a link where you can see all the pictures:

Lone Star Circus – May 2010

Click “sideshow” option at the top of screen  to listen to the music of the show.

It was a profound and revealing experience for me. I never came close from  a circus in my life but from the “Cirque du Soleil” classics.

I have done before fashion shows where every minute comes a discharge of adrenaline rushing down your body. Oh yes, that is thrilling to bit. But what a bout a circus then?

So, I decided to attend a few rehearsals as I wanted to impregnated myself with this new atmosphere. That is the only way you can take good photos of the show itself. There was no elephant or tiger, but young kids training for perfection. Teachers always on the lookout for the kids improvement and security, it was an environment where I could see kids growing healthy physically and mentally. A lot of rigor and practice comes ultimately with a huge self-confidence factor. And succeeding is not that important in fact. It is also how do you tackle your failures when they happen on stage during the real show? What a lesson they gave us that week-end! All the kids did their best. But some had missteps. And you had to see their bravery trying to redo and redo again up to the moment it clicked. The public was with them, encouraging the kids to go to the end of their moment. Because, it was indeed their moment.

The teachers and helpers were really good and dedicated. They had the required authority to run the business (so many kids!) and the kids loved being “bossed” around by their mentors. You could see that on their faces during the rehearsals and when they performed on stage where they mentors always kept an eye them during the performance.  It is really like the students understood the adults were there for their good, and not just to annoy them. What a change :-)

Beautiful, emotional, strong but so light, colored and musical. I only have superlatives for what can be gained from a circus environment such as the Lone Star Circus. I think we will be able to tell one kid from another once they go through such education. Education? Yes, that is what it is to me. It is a strong preparation for the real life. How does the saying go again?: Good in your body, good in your mind!

I posted on the web all the pictures of the event itself. But I decided to make a book to relate the full circus experience. The book gathers about 120 pictures of plain emotion gathered during rehearsals, practices and behind the scene shots during the event. Kids were so in their own world behind the scene, that it had to be documented. Their smile, their fear, their fun, their make-up “make me a princess” moment… You can buy or just see a preview of the book here:

The book!

If you have five minutes, browse through the book. You might get stung by curiosity and decide to give it a shot locally, wherever you are!

And if you only have 30 seconds, here is an appetizer:

Enjoy!

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Lone Star Circus – The Rehearsals 05/2010

by Administrator on May.12, 2010, under Show

15th and 16th May 2010, I will have the chance to photograph a circus event from the Lone Star Circus school, here in Dallas. They have two shows this coming week-end.

I talked to them a few weeks ago and explained what I wanted to do, which is telling the story that lead to the creation of the coming shows. Practice, rehearsal, back stage, event shooting, etc. All of that documented in a series of photographs that bring the atmosphere to the viewer. It will be electric those days, I’m loving it already.

I have attended two rehearsals during the last two weeks. I have to say that I have been impressed not just by Fanny and her team teaching to the kids, but also by the kids themselves; all appeared committed to learn and to perform. What a lesson…

If you have not bought your tickets, there is still time. Those shows are really too magical to miss. Let me know if you need information on buying the tickets.

So, here is a glimpse of how our artists are getting prepared for this week-end shows.

Warming up. Always.

Friends perform on stage, and the kids are filled with wonder

Strong but soft. Permanent body control.

Agile. Very.

The natural equilibrium seems respected

So natural

"Sans dessus dessous"

Flying like a bird

Elegance. Perfection.

Fanny talking to the kids

Concentrate and stay focus

Self-confidence

Getting ready

Easiness

Precious...

And to conclude the day, let's have some fun to...

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Prodigy Event 11/2009

by Administrator on Nov.28, 2009, under Events, Show

About two weeks ago, we had the (almost) annual Legacy Shop Christmas Tree Lighting event. It was a perfect time here in Dallas to get out on closed streets and wander around with clowns and other animations waiting for Santa to light up our tree.

One of the animation we saw this year was just amazing, at least to me. It reconciled me with the art of dance! This is thanks to Prodigy Dance and Performing Art Center. They are very local to me, as they are based in Plano in the Legacy Shop area. The spectacle that their students put up that day was astonishing.

The whole background blurred way the moment the first dancer was hitting her first movement. Everyone went from a casual day to watching a full blown spectacle like in an auditorium. Chattering gave place to, first, curiosity and, then, admiration. I could not resist the envy of photographing their students. They were elegant but strong. They were controlling their movement but they had the insouciance of their youth. They have inspired me that day.

Here is a slide show I put together. It think it says it all.

Prodigy Slide Show

Here are a few other pictures of that day.

Little Chef'

Little Chef'

Another Little Chef'

Another Little Chef'

Gathering

Gathering

The Nutcrackers

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Daniel Cordoba 06/2009

by Administrator on Aug.27, 2009, under Show

The Bailes Espagnoles

What a great moment for me. I had the chance to be present during their last rehearsal before the show. A friend, Julie Leven, helped me. Thank you very much.

Shows like those are electrical before, during and after! So many hours logged hard on your feet, so much stress just before you start, and so much adrenaline after it’s done. You never forget.

I met Daniel Cordoba that evening, and he kindly allowed me to take pictures almost as freely as I wanted. The day of the show itself, I could not take any as their were taping the evening.

So, I would like to invite you to have a look. A lot of good ingredients are present here below: elegance, personality, culture, colors, beauty…

After the spectacle, I went to the studio where they generally rehearse during the year. The atmosphere is the same in their commitment to improve and learn, and the infinite elegance of the ladies is really moving.

Ellen, Mercedes, Julie, Katrina, Hailey, and Daniel… I wanted to thank you here for providing me the authorization to publish your photographs. The emotions present in those are mesmerizing and there are here to stay through time.

Your effort will lead to passion from others. Your tenacity inspires a lot of respect. Your elegance has no unique and simple word but I would like to say that your elegance should be a reference for all of us. Bravo.

Ellen

Ellen

Mercedes

Julie

Mercedes

Mercedes

Katrina

Katrina

Mercedes

Mercedes

Hailey

Hailey

Hailey

Hailey

Hailey

Hailey

Hailey

Hailey

Daniel Cordoba

Daniel Cordoba

Mercedes

Mercedes

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This is Hailey again in with her soft touch

This is Hailey with her natural soft touch

Hailey, light like a feather

Hailey, light like a bird's feather

Daniel encouraging his students

Daniel encouraging his students. Well done, indeed.

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