Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Day 19: Almost Heaven


We crossed the Ohio river and drove the winding roads of West Virginia. Almost immediately as we passed the "Welcome to West Virginia" sign the temperature rose and ours was the only car on the road that was coated in road salt.

The scenery is very much as John Denver described it in the song "Country Roads."

We had a tremendously warm welcome at the River City Youth Ballet. Valery taught two classes, one for younger students and one for the older ones, and then we were treated like part of the family. We ate a home cooked meal, had great conversation and kingly accomodations. Thank you to Michelle, Julie and Donna for the hospitality and for running a great school. We're pleased to announce that we'll be back on Saturday, Feburary 3 at 11 AM.

On this trip we've had very few chances to work with the same students more than once and follow up on the initial lessons. We've done a lot of "drive by teaching." So whenever we have the chance to spend some time and get to know teachers and students it makes a huge difference. See you soon, West Virginia!