Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Day 5: Muncie

Valery Lantratov has a great memory for students. He remembers faces, forms and feet. After our class at Ball State University in Muncie, he asked the teacher about some of the students who had been in the class last time we visited, but who weren't here this time around.

Ball State's dance studio, located in the Ball Gym, has that wonderful theatrical smell-- a mix of sawdust and grease paint. To be honest, the "grease paint" bit is really just a cliche. I think it is really the scent of set paint and sweat.

In any case, Ball State is one of our favorite places to teach and we'd like to thank Sarah Manglesdorf for inviting us back.

In the evening, we went to a new studio and made some new friends in Muncie. The Muncie Ballet Studio, located in the Center for the Arts, is run by the euphonically named Lisa Love. We received a very warm welcome from the people in Muncie.

I've learned that there is a lot of curiosity over what dancers eat. In Muncie, the answer is Thai pepper steak courtesy of the Muncie Ballet Studio who treated us to dinner before we headed back on the road. Over heaping plates of pad thai, Valery and Lisa Love discussed dancers they knew in common. The Russian ballet world is very small.

"We have new friends," Valery said, as we headed off into the rain towards Fort Wayne for our next adventure.