Saturday, January 26, 2008

Artistic Motion

Congratulations to Debbie Isom-Chodyniecki of the Artistic Motion School of Dance on recently being named Dance Educator of the Year in North Carolina.

This would be much more notable if I remembered by whom. Let's just assume this is a good thing.

The Artistic Motion School of Dance is located on the campus of the Greensboro Day School in Greensboro, NC.

"At Artistic Motion Dance," their web site says, "we believe in the educational benefits provided by a positive and professional dance experience. We offer dance classes for ages three through adult. Whether you are seeking to discover the art of dance, a career in dance, a fun way to exercise, or an opportunity to socialize, we invite you..."

Greensboro, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, is located at the junction of I-40 and I-85. As you will no doubt discover if you read this blog, we are very familiar with the "Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways" also known as "the interstates."

I have read that the system is more extensive than the pyramids and the Great Wall of China. It comprises only 1 percent of the roads in America but carries 23 percent of the traffic. It carries one trillion "person miles" a year. This is like 37 million people traveling around the globe.

We've seen a lot of those miles-- our mileage on this tour alone would stretch from Los Angeles to Moscow if we went in a straight line (and could drive across the ocean). So lets just say we know a bit about the highways and I can tell you that the stretch of I-40 between Chapel Hill and Greensboro, NC has just about the strangest system for numbering its exits that we have seen anywhere. Now that I got that off my chest...

We originally came the Artistic Motion School of Dance after another studio canceled at the last minute. They were able to host us on short notice. That was three visits ago!

We have made good friends of Debbie and Natalya Igitkhanyan Davison at this school. Valery always looks forward to his visits, to speaking Russian with Natalya as I speak English with Debbie, and of course to working with the students who he calls "smart." They are now one of our best dance studio friends and we look forward to our next visit.