Ballet Photography: Jiri Kylian's Forgotten Land

It was an exciting night as the former North Carolina Dance Theatre (NCDT) became Charlotte Ballet and the group got to perform a work by acclaimed choreographer Jiri Kylian for the first time.

The main performance was Othello by Dwight Rhoden, but both were so visual that I decided to break them into two posts. (Those images will follow soon.)

The new name comes with new branding and the website is set to launch on Monday.

Congratulations Charlotte Ballet!

Melissa Anduiza and Pete Leo Walker in Forgotten Land

Melissa Anduiza and Pete Leo Walker in Forgotten Land

North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet) performs Jiri Kylian's Forgotten Landlotte b

North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet) performs Jiri Kylian's Forgotten Land

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Melissa Anduiza and Pete Leo Walker

Melissa Anduiza and Pete Leo Walker

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Pete Leo Walker and Melissa Anduiza

Pete Leo Walker and Melissa Anduiza

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Sarah Hayes Watson and Addul Manzano

Sarah Hayes Watson and Addul Manzano

Watson and Manzano

Watson and Manzano

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Sarah Hayes Watson and Addul Manzano

Sarah Hayes Watson and Addul Manzano

Melissa Anduiza and Pete Leo Walker

Melissa Anduiza and Pete Leo Walker

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Gregory DeArmond

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Anna Gerberich and Jordan Leeper

Anna Gerberich and Jordan Leeper

Gerberich and Leeper

Gerberich and Leeper

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Chelsea Dumas

Chelsea Dumas

Chelsea Dumas and Josh Hall

Chelsea Dumas and Josh Hall

Chelsea Dumas

Chelsea Dumas

Sarah Hayes Watson

Sarah Hayes Watson

Jamie Dee Clifton and David Morse

Jamie Dee Clifton and David Morse

Jamie Dee Clifton

Jamie Dee Clifton

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Anna Gerberich, Melissa Anduiza and Jamie Dee Clifton

Anna Gerberich, Melissa Anduiza and Jamie Dee Clifton

Clifton, Anduiza and Gerberich

Clifton, Anduiza and Gerberich

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Jamie Dee Clifton, Melissa Anduiza and Anna Gerberich

Jamie Dee Clifton, Melissa Anduiza and Anna Gerberich





Charlotte Engagement Photography: Katie and Mark

Davidson College is a special place for Katie and Mark.

The historic Well on campus is the place where Mark, a Davidson graduate, proposed to Katie in late January.

So it seemed the perfect spot for their engagement photos. We braved some strong spring breezes and had a great time wandering around the beautiful campus.

I'm looking forward to working with them again at their October wedding in Charlotte.

Katie and Mark on the Davidson College campus

Katie and Mark on the Davidson College campus

Katie and Mark

Katie and Mark

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Campus stroll

Campus stroll

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Happy couple

Happy couple





Ballet Photography: NCDT's Cinderella

Cinderella, North Carolina Dance Theatre's current offering, allows this dynamic company to show off its collective talents in a major production.

On top of the always amazing dancing, add in wonderful production values with beautiful costumes by A. Christina Giannini, set design by Alain Vaes and original lighting by Nate McGaha. And they all come together with the help of the talented production team led by Edna Mae Berkey. And of course the choreography and leadership of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux.

This is a visually gorgeous production that incorporates humor along with elegance and grace.

The show runs through March 16th at the Knight Theater.

Pete Leo Walker is the Prince and Anna Gerberich is Cinderella

Pete Leo Walker is the Prince and Anna Gerberich is Cinderella

Cinderella takes care of her chores

Cinderella takes care of her chores

Stepsisters Amanda Smith and Jamie Dee and mother Mark Diamond make Addul Manzon's dress fitting efforts a real challenge

Stepsisters Amanda Smith and Jamie Dee and mother Mark Diamond make Addul Manzano's dress fitting efforts a real challenge

Cinderella is in the background during more antics from Amanda Smith, Mark Diamond and Jame Dee

Cinderella is in the background during more antics from Amanda Smith, Mark Diamond and Jamie Dee

It appears to be a tight fit as Addul Manzano measures Jame Dee

It appears to be a tight fit as Addul Manzano measures Jamie Dee

Anna Gerberich spins as Cinderella

Anna Gerberich spins as Cinderella

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Anna Gerberich

Gerberich takes flight

Gerberich takes flight

Two cooks apparently spoiled the soup for stepsister Amanda Smith

Cooks Hannes Van Wassenhove and Lucas Wilson-Bilbro apparently spoiled the soup for stepsister Amanda Smith

Cinderella finds a practice dance partner

Cinderella finds a practice dance partner

Melissa Anduiza is the Fairy Godmother

Melissa Anduiza is the Fairy Godmother

Megan Dillon is the Spring Fairy

Megan Dillon is the Spring Fairy

Summer Fairy Chelsea Dumas

Summer Fairy Chelsea Dumas

Jordan Leeper as Pan

Jordan Leeper as Pan

Winter Fairy Christina LaForgia

Winter Fairy Christina LaForgia

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Grand exit

Grand exit

Dancing Puppets

Dancing Puppets

Josh Hall and Naseeb Culpepper have some persistent admirers

Josh Hall and Naseeb Culpepper have some persistent admirers

The prince arrives

The prince arrives

Dancing with the stepsisters

Dancing with the stepsisters

Cinderella arrives

Cinderella arrives

Anna Gerberich

Anna Gerberich

The prince finds his dance partner

Cinderella has to make a quick exit

Gregory DeArmond entertains

Gregory DeArmond entertains

More rough treatment for Cinderella

More rough treatment for Cinderella

Melissa Anduiza

Melissa Anduiza

Cinderella and her prince

Cinderella and her prince

Anna Gerberich and Pete Leo Walker

Anna Gerberich and Pete Leo Walker

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Happy ending

Happy ending

Beautiful costumes

Beautiful costumes

Curtain call

Curtain call





Charlotte Engagement Photography: Maggie and Todd

February weather in the Carolinas is often a bit of a roller coaster. And when we got a small snowstorm last week I was concerned about our Saturday engagement session for Maggie and Todd.

But, as if often the case in Charlotte, the weather rebounded nicely. And even though we still had a few small patches of snow on the ground, we were able to spend a very pleasant afternoon wandering around Uptown Charlotte.

This easy-going, attractive pair were great to work with and I even got an assist from Maggie's mother Debbie, who was nice enough to hold a photo reflector and keep track of things as we moved around downtown.

I'm looking forward to working with everyone again at the wedding in June!

Maggie and Todd get cozy on a February morning

Maggie and Todd get cozy on a February morning

Wonderful couple

Wonderful couple

A reflective moment at the Firebird outside the Bechtler Museum

A reflective moment at the Firebird outside the Bechtler Museum

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Kiss

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Framed

Framed

Having some fun

Having some fun

A walk in the park

A walk in the park

It's all done with mirrors

It's all done with mirrors

Attractive pair

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Ballet Photography: NCDT's Innovative Works

North Carolina Dance Theatre's annual Innovative Works is a creative collaboration of sight, sound and movement.

And this year's show has raised the bar once again with four unique pieces from four choreographers (Mark Diamond, Sasha Janes, Dwight Rhoden and Jean Pierre-Bonnefoux with help from Quentin "Q" Talley and dancers Pete Leo Walker and Melissa Anduiza).

The setting at the Bonnefoux-McBride Center gives the audience an intimate look at these incredible performances.

Pete Walker in Transformation

Pete Leo Walker in Transformation

Anna Gerberich gets ready

Anna Gerberich gets ready

Choreographer Mark Diamond wtih Pete Walker and Anna Gerberich

Choreographer Mark Diamond with Pete Leo Walker and Anna Gerberich

Chelsea Dumas warms up

Chelsea Dumas warms up

Pete Walker and Christina LaForgia in Contrast

Pete Leo Walker and Christina LaForgia in Contrast

Pete Leo Walker and Amanda Smith

Pete Leo Walker and Amanda Smith

Pete Leo Walker lifts Anna Gerberich

Pete Leo Walker lifts Anna Gerberich

Walker and Gerberich

Walker and Gerberich

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Gregory DeArmond leaps

Gregory DeArmond leaps

Diamond's Contrast

Diamond's Contrast

Chelsea Dumas and Josh Hall

Chelsea Dumas and Joshua Hall

Dumas and Hall

Dumas and Hall

Anna Gerberich and Addul Manzano in Chaconne by Saha Janes

Anna Gerberich and Addul Manzano in Chaconne by Sasha Janes

Chelsea Dumas with Joshua Hall and Gregory Taylor

Chelsea Dumas with Joshua Hall and Gregory Taylor

Chelsea Dumas in Chaconne

Chelsea Dumas in Chaconne

Addul Manzano

Addul Manzano

Sarah Hayes Watson and Addul Manzano

Sarah Hayes Watson and Addul Manzano

Sarah Hayes Watson and David Morse

Sarah Hayes Watson and David Morse

Anna Gerberich and Addul Manzano

Anna Gerberich and Addul Manzano

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Pete Leo Walker and Melissa Anduiza in Transformation

Pete Leo Walker and Melissa Anduiza in Transformation

Melissa Anduiza

Melissa Anduiza

Anduiza and Walker

Anduiza and Walker

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Pete Leo Walker

Pete Leo Walker

Walker and Anduiza with poet-actor Quentin "Q" Talley

Walker and Anduiza with poet-actor Quentin "Q" Talley

Melissa Anduiza in Transformation

Melissa Anduiza in Transformation

Walker, Talley and Anduiza

Walker, Talley and Anduiza

Transformation

Transformation

Pete Leo Walker talks with choreographer Dwight Rhoden

Pete Leo Walker talks with choreographer Dwight Rhoden

Rhoden's Sit In Stand Out

Rhoden's Sit In Stand Out

An emotioanl performance from Pete Leo Walker and Melissa Anduiza

An emotional performance from Pete Leo Walker and Melissa Anduiza

Photographs from the Levine Museum of the New South serve as a backdrop

Photographs from the Levine Museum of the New South serve as a backdrop

Chelsea Dumas and Pete Leo Walker

Chelsea Dumas and Pete Leo Walker

Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith and Gregoary Tayloe

Amanda Smith and Gregory Taylor

Chelsea Dumas

Chelsea Dumas

Amanda Smitha and Pete Leo Walker

Amanda Smith and Pete Leo Walker





Charlotte Wedding Photography: Carolina Bride Feature

We were pleased to learn that the beautiful mountain wedding of Anne Marie and Joey was selected to be featured in the current edition of Carolina Bride magazine.

The wedding, planned by the talented team of Cortenay Matters and Elle Allen of Carolina Event Design, took place at the Banner Elk Winery on a beautiful fall afternoon. Lingky Sugg of Flowers by Lingky created some amazing florals.

The online gallery can be seen here: Carolina Bride.

Anne Marie and Joey in Carolina Bride

Anne Marie and Joey in Carolina Bride