Every once in awhile, life smiles at you in an unexpected way. The opening night performance at Music and Beyond this past summer featured Cirque Fantastic, an amazing troupe of artists from Montreal. They performed in front of a classical music ensemble, and the evening was magical.
I went backstage after the performance to meet them and I was introduced to a young and very talented ballerina who had caught the eye of my camera on numerous occasions that evening. I was somewhat in awe to learn that this was Mariem Valdes, from the Cuba National Ballet Company, principal dancer of the Ballet Laura Alonso of the Centro Prodanza de Cuba, and the star of numerous international performances. Deciding that this was an opportunity not to be missed, I invited her to meet me at my studio before they left the next morning.
Of course, Mariem was a delight to work with and we got some great images. Thank you Mariem!