Saturday, July 14, 2007

Spring Arbor MI: July 12 and 13

It seems like a good time now to remind you of Valery Lantratov's podcast. It is an interview recorded in June. If you haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, it is still available here.

I mention it now because in one of the segments Valery mentions Spring Arbor as a favorite studio in America. We were very pleased to have the chance to work with the students two days in a row. In the past we've worked mostly with the older students. This time we had a more diverse mix of older and younger. Valery alternated between combinations for the youngest dancers and more complicated combinations for the more advanced students. (I didn't take any photographs this time around. The picture above is actually from a class at this studio in the winter)

Valery seemed to have been slightly touched by the fact that it was Friday the 13th. He has two pairs of dance shoes with him in America and somehow he ended up with one shoe from each pair. At least they were not both the right or left shoe. He also left his towel behind. Now that the 13th class is over and Friday the 13th is over, we can get past the superstitions and have nothing but successful classes and travel-- knock on wood.

We like to see students who participate 100% in class-- that is, they're doing the combinations with all their energy and focus as though they were performing on stage. This is something we see on a regular basis at this studio. Thank you to Lori Ladwig for inviting us and for the gift baskets. There is a chance we'll be back to this studio this summer. We'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, we do have two new classes to announce. We'll be at the New Cumberland School of Ballet in New Cumberland, PA on August 6 at 10 AM as part of their summer dance camp and on August 15 we return to the Center of Dance in Blacksburg, VA. The time is to be announced.

July 14th is a rare day off without travel. Tomorrow we head to Toldeo, Ohio where Valery will be doing some private instruction and then onto the Cleveland, Ohio area for a full week at the Mary Kay Manning School.

As always you can check our myspace calendar for our entire schedule.