Thursday, January 25, 2007

Day 17: North Royalton, OH

This is the third time Valery has been invited to teach for our friends at the Mary Kay Manning Dance Studio in North Royalton, Ohio. I did not take any photographs this time around, but a link is available to a group picture taken the last time Valery was in town.

It has been rare for Valery to be able to work with the same students and see their progress. We're looking forward to having him return in summer for week-long programs that will really allow him to spend some quality time with students.

At this point we'd like to take a moment to thank Shane and Jenny Hunter and family for hosting us at their home in spite of their own busy schedules. The Hunters are some of our oldest and dearest friends, and we're happy to spend whatever time we can with them even when we're all running to different commitments.

The class at Mary Kay's wrapped up around 6:30 PM, giving us time for one more relaxing dinner with friends before we head back on the road. Next we have a long day with the students of Columbus City Ballet School in Lewis Center, Ohio. Then onto the River City Youth Ballet in Charleston, West Virginia. It will be the first time Valery has taught at this studio, but he remembers working with the director Michelle Raider in the past. Hopefully we'll have time to keep you posted on our travels as we head south and (hopefully) out of the snow.