Saturday, March 28, 2009

MidNight Tribe with Mother Grove at Ballydoyle Downers Grove

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Thanks to the women of MidNight Tribe, a tribal fusion belly dance troupe from Chicago's northwest suburbs for inviting me to this gig.

The Ballydoyle in Downers Grove is no small place... not unless you pack it full of a Celtic band - Indianapolis' own Mother Grove - a troupe of belly dancers and a huge group of folks who destined to enjoy themselves.

Manoeuvring the crowd was tough and there simply weren't a lot of angles to shoot from. But I did what I could.

I even tried a new shooting style to see if I could take advantage of the band's lighting. For a first attempt it worked pretty well.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy the pictures - and ladies, thanks again for the invite.


Monday, March 9, 2009

March Halfa at the Sphinx - Mango

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It's been a while since I was last at the Sphinx to enjoy the belly dancing and food – so long that they'd changed the name and the buffet. What was then the Sphinx is now the Mango, a Latino dance club I believe. And, unfortunately, what was a Middle Eastern buffet is not Mexican.

Lord, but I miss that hummus.

But while some things changed some remained the same. Fifteen really excellent acts filled the floor and I was able to reconnect with some dancers who I'd known in passing, including the hostess, Zayna.

I snapped loads of pictures, but due to a pinched nerve never ventured from my seat. The one angle made the shots repetitious. For this reason I've limited the number of pictures posted – instead of putting things up en masse, I've elected to post just my faves from each performer. That means that some people got as few as 3 shots while others got upwards of ten.

So if my flash misfired – and it did a lot – or the focus was off – and it was often – then you were short changed here. And for that I apologize.

Ladies and Essam, please feel free to use any of these shots on your web pages or for other personal reasons. If you need them for professional reasons please email me and we can arrange something.

Thank all of you for sharing your time and your talent. We all look forward to next month.