month: April 2012




North Carolina Dance Theatre is performing its finale of the season with two provocative pieces - “Dangerous Liaisons,” with choreography from Sasha Janes, and “Artifice” from renowned choreographer Dwight Rhoden.
Endings are always bittersweet, and this year is especially difficult as NCDT says goodbye to four wonderful dancers - Rebecca Carmazzi, Justin Van Weest, David Ingram and Alessandra Ball.
Rhoden’s work is always visual and stimulating, and Janes, a former NCDT dancer, delivers another feast for the senses that includes composer, cellist Ben Sollee suspended above the dancers.
Pete Walker and David Ingram in an epic sword fight

Pete Walker and David Ingram in an epic sword fight

Amazing set for Dangerous Liaisons

Amazing set for "Dangerous Liaisons"

Anna Gerberich and Alessandra Ball

Anna Gerberich and Alessandra Ball

Daniel Rodriguez and Kate Ann Behrendt

Daniel Rodriguez and Kate Ann Behrendt

Rebecca Carmazzi

Rebecca Carmazzi

Composerm. musician Ben Sollee floats above the stage

Composer, musician Ben Sollee floats above the stage

Incredible music and performance from Ben Sollee

Incredible music and performance from Ben Sollee

Pete Walker and Rebecca Carmazzi

Pete Walker and Rebecca Carmazzi

Pete Walker looks ready for battle

Pete Walker looks ready for battle

Cool choreography and vision from Sasha Janes

Cool choreography and vision from Sasha Janes

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Bestto David Ingram, another incredible talent who is performing in his final show

Best to David Ingram, another incredible talent who is performing in his final show

Anna Gerberich and David Ingram

Anna Gerberich and David Ingram

Jamie Dee and David Ingram

Jamie Dee and David Ingram

More from Jamie Dee and David Ingram

Jamie Dee and David Ingram

Walker and Ingram's sword fight is incredible

Walker and Ingram's sword fight is incredible

Rebecca Carmazzi is wonderful in her swan song performance

Rebecca Carmazzi is wonderful as she prepares to transition from dancing

Good luck also to Justin Van Weest, who is leaving after his season

Good luck also to Justin Van Weest, who is leaving after this season

Alessandra Ball

Alessandra Ball

Ingram and Ball in Rhoden's "Artifice"

Ingram and Ball in Rhoden's "Artifice"

David Ingram

David Ingram

Ingram lifts Jamie Dee

Ingram lifts Jamie Dee

Pete Walker

Pete Walker

The group has some fun in "Artifice"

The group has some fun in "Artifice"

Pete Walker

Pete Walker

Jamie Dee and David Ingram

Jamie Dee and David Ingram

Melissa Anduiza and Jordan Leeper

Melissa Anduiza and Jordan Leeper

Anna Gerberich and Addul Manzano

Anna Gerberich and Addul Manzano

Jordan Leeper

Jordan Leeper

Fun finale to Rhoden's piece

Fun finale to Rhoden's piece

A special farewell to Alessandra Ball..an amazing dancer and wonderful person. Best to you and Michael in your new adventures

A special farewell to Alessandra Ball...an amazing dancer and wonderful person. Best to you and Michael in your new adventures





I’m excited to share some images from another studio photography session with two amazing ballet dancers.

Several years ago, I photographed then 16-year-old Anna Gerberich for a story The Charlotte Observer was doing on her joining the North Carolina Dance Theatre.

Melissa Anduiza is another incredible artist I’ve photographed numerous times and it was a pleasure working with them both. I have so much respect for their talent and professionalism.

Both women are incredibly photogenic and I took the opportunity to try out a few new portrait lighting techniques.

A big thank you again to Kevin and Teresa Chelko for giving the opportunity to work in their studio. They are incredible professionals who pay attention to every detail, which is a good reason the space is utilized in major television and still productions. Thanks also to my former Observer colleague Phil Hoffman, who came along and filmed the shoot. We’ll be sharing that here at some point.

Be sure to check out NCDT’s final show of the season, which includes the choreography of Sasha Janes in Dangerous Liaisons and Dwight Rhoden’s Artifice. The performances areĀ  this Thursday through Saturday at the Knight Theater in Charlotte.

Anna Gerberich

Anna Gerberich

Melissa Anduiza

Melissa Anduiza

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We did some portraits too

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I started photographing ballet in the early ’90s while working for The Charlotte Observer.

At the time, much of my time was spent photographing Atlantic Coast Conference and professional sports. But I was immediately taken with the artistry and athleticism of the dancers. A passion was born.

Fast forward to the present and much of my time is spent photographing brides and grooms, marketing materials and corporate executives. But, as anyone who has followed our blog for a period of time would note, I’ve never stopped photographing the amazing dancers of North Carolina Dance Theatre. It is one of few things I do purely because I want to.

While I’ve always enjoyed the challenge and discovery of photographing live performance, I have also wanted to experiment with capturing some of these amazing athletes in the studio.

The planets aligned and I had the opportunity to work at a friend’s amazing studio and the idea came to life.

I want to thank my friends Kevin and Teresa Chelko for giving me the opportunity to work in their beautiful studio. Kevin is one of the premier food photographers in the region and Teresa is a talented food stylist - what a great combination. And we all attend Lake Forest Church in Huntersville.

And I also had the good fortune of working with two amazing NCDT dancers: Alessandra Ball and Sarah Hayes Watson. Both have appeared on this blog many times and we are very excited to be photographing Alessandra’s wedding to Michael in May. You can see some of their engagement photos here.

Thanks to you Alessandra and Sarah: it was such a pleasure working with you.

Keep an eye out because we will be doing some more of these shoots in the near future.

Alessandra Ball

Alessandra Ball

Sarah Hayes Watson

Sarah Hayes Watson

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Kicking back

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One more of Alessandra

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