Mapes24 Spotlight: Performance Costumes (Updated 7/7/15)

This will be an ongoing photo series that focuses on one pivotal aspect of a performance that can help elevate a creative vision into the realization of something truly memorable. From first hand experience, the costumes can be one of the biggest headaches to a performer as they require significant investments of time, creativity and finance. The fitttings, hand stoning, coordinating between sexes, rips/tears, and the money that goes into each individual outfit can be mind numbing, but has the potential for an incredible payoff as it really is the final step that wraps up and accents all the hard work and the myriad of components that went into taking a routine from an idea to artistic actualization on the stage. This post (which I will continue to update) is simply my thank you to all you artists/creatives who have taken that extra step to provide your audiences with the best show possible! Kudos!

*btw, this compilation will be in no specific order, and though there are many groups whose work I admire, will only consist of photos that I own

La Fuerza Dance Company
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fausto and maria of la fuerza perform bachata at utopia

la fuerza perform bachata at utopia in nyc

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Fausto and Isabel

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Selene Tovar

selene tovar performs salsa at utopia

selene tovar salsa solo performance at utopia

Baila Conmigo

baila conmigo perform cali style salsa at utopia

baila conmigo perform cali style salsa at utopia

Alex Morel & Desiree Godsell

alex and desiree perform bachata at utiopia

alex and desiree perform bachata at utopia

Framboyan

framboyan dance salsa at utopia in nyc

framboyan dance salsa in nyc at utopia

Marcelo y Julieta

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 Zafire Dance Project

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Santo Rico

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D’Cor Dance Company
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d'cor dance company perform at utopia

Pura Vida Dance Company

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pura vida perform bachata at utopia

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Bailamor

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F&F Competitive Salsa Team

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Formula F&F

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Charlie Garcia & Teresa Garcia
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Dancers at Las Tinajas (Panama City, Panama)

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Salseros at Bolivar Square (Bogota, Colombia)
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Hula Dancers from the Old Lahaina Luau

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