A dance of fire and joy

A flash attack to the show

Tuesday the 13th, a day of much superstition, was the day of the a fundraising event at JP’s Rumbar for the non-government organization Niños de Guatemala. Perhaps, many people thought of it as a very unlucky day, yet, no one that attended the activity thought so. It was crowded!

La Raíz played, candles lit the bar, and it was a lovely musical atmosphere. Moments later a dance of fire lit up the bar with an outstanding show. Laura McNamara was asked to be part of it, and little did we know, that even a lap dance of fire was in order. Nothing else, but just a dance of light, flashes popped in an effort to try to capture the dancer and the gorgeous volunteer. Some cameras perhaps worked, some perhaps didn’t. The music kept on playing. The fire left trails of light. Through the light smiles could be seen. I was sensing lots of a joy from all the people present.

It was a good cause, and JP’s Rumbar gave 33% of proceeds to NGO Niños de Guatemala.

Can anyone say that you can’t have a fun and joyful night and the same time help a good cause? ¡Sí se puede!

text and photos by Arturo Godoy

JP's Rumbar and Niños de Guatemala JP's Rumbar and Niños de Guatemala

A show of fire Painting the night with fire A lapdance on fire

Part of the whole gang La Raíz

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  • Wow, it seems like Arturo and Laura are having a tough life in La Antigua Guatemala. I mean parties every night, networking lunches, lots of cultural activities and living out their dreams; tough I tell you. 😉

    I am glad the event was a total success!

  • ;O) Well, I can’t complain, but it is not easy at all to keep up with La Antigua! ;O) The event was indeed a total success!!! Thank you Rudy!!!

  • @Rudy, I forgot to mention, that we well, we have a great teacher of Antigua, YOU!!! ;O)

  • I love the pictures, it’s incredible how they capture the movement and the ambiance. Cheers Arturo & Laura!

  • “gorgeous”? You’re too kind Arturo!!! That night was a ton of fun!! Thanks for the super cool photos Arturo!!

  • ;O) Thank you Manolo!!! ;O) ;O) ;O) It was also a lot of luck on the pictures, as flashes were being shot, and it just combined on the first picture, ;O)

    @Laura, eh, hmm, (remember there is some editing?) 😉 It was a great night, and it is a thank you because you helped give the show of light a new light of expressions 😉

  • looks like a great time for a great cause – sorry i missed it!

  • @Michelle, perhaps next time you’ll be able to make it. The night was wonderful!!!

  • Eric

    Wow, awesome photos. Beautiful action, and fantastic color. I sure am sorry I missed this one. I got a ‘heads-up’ e-mail from Mark about the event (Thank you !), but unfortunately I am stuck here in Boston until at least early Spring : (
    I hope Jp’s Rumbar doesn’t run out of jambalaya before then …

  • @Eric, thank you!!!!!!! I had no clue you were involved with Niños de Guatemala, it is a great organization, with great people, I am glad I could be part of the event, and I even bought my shirt too!!! ;O) Oh, I doubt JP’s Rumbar will run out of Jambalaya, ;O) Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guy

    Great pics Arturo. I’ve always wanted to get those kind of images of fire dancers.

  • @Guy, it is always a bit tricky… With a DSLR, I’ve experimented with long exposures, even to 2 seconds, and with different ISOs… In this case, it was about a second or so of exposure, and the highest of iso. Sometimes other people’s cameras shoot with flash and that’s how I got these ones, ;O) In the other case (http://www.flickr.com/photos/godoyarturo/sets/72157606830161813/) you can click on the “more properties” link to the right of each picture which you might want to check out, to see how I shot each one… Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guy

    Thanks very much for the tips. My little camera may not be quite up to the advanced settings, but I’d like to know just in case I ever get a DSLR.

  • @Guy, you’re welcome… Perhaps next time just turn the flash off, some point and shoots do manage to record them pretty well too… Or, maybe a “fireworks” function could help too… Hope it helps, ;O)

  • Eric

    @Arturo – Pues, mi amigo, I am not ‘involved’ with Ninos de Guatemala yet, but maybe soon. At the moment, I have my hands full with a group out by a very beautiful lake in the highlands, PERO … quien sabe ? If I am in La Antigua, and there is another fundraiser, I am there !