Monday, January 22, 2007

Day 14: River Raisin Center and Bedford Dance Academy

One of our favorite places to teach is the River Raisin Center in Monroe, Michigan. Monroe is apparently the home of General George Armstrong Custer. You drive into the main street past a giant Custer statue and next to the center is a Custer museum. All I remember about Custer is that he fought the Indians and lost. I'm sure there is much more to his story and perhaps next time we're in Monroe we'll have time to stop at the museum and check it out.

This is our second visit to the River Raisin center. The studio is located in a building behind the theater, and the students are sincere and take corrections well. There is always very good emotion here, as Valery might say. We talked about an exciting new project for this summer-- so stay tuned. We'll let you know if it pans out. In the meantime, thank you to Karen Lajiness and everyone at River Raisin for another successful visit.

After Monroe, we headed along snow-covered rural roads to Temperence, Michigan. The Bedford Dance Academy is where we held our first class this past summer. Last time, we came a different route. Lewis Road, on which the studio is located, has an interesting quirk. As you travel from Monroe, the numbers count up-- 1000, 2000, 3000 and so on. We were looking for 6800. As we got to where the address should be, we discovered nothing but a fallow cornfield. Fortunately, there was a man walking nearby and we stopped and asked him how to find the ballet studio. Turns out that once you get to Temperence, the numbering system changes, so we got back in the car, and kept driving forward. Just another moment in the glamorous life of a ballet star.

The class at Bedford was mixed-- there were very young dancers and older students. Valery taught two different variations for the different ages. The studio director, Heather Saul, also took the class. She is a beautiful dancer, and Valery sends his compliments.

Thank you to the folks at Bedford for another great visit. Next we are off to the Richland Academy of the Arts in Mansfield, Ohio. This is a new studio for us, but "academy" is in the name so we have high hopes that it will have a high level of instruction.