Thursday, February 14, 2008

Best Mural

The winner of the "best mural" award is Heather Wayne's Performing Arts Dance Studio in Hoschston, Georgia, about an hour North East of Atlanta on I-85. Valery was very impressed by this studio, which combines instruction in dance and theater. There was a hub of activity in the studios many rooms. Children in theatrical costumes were preparing for dramatic work while ballet students warmed up in nearby classrooms.

I especially liked the parents room where mom and dad can watch the happenings in the studio comfortably on a closed-circuit TV without intimidating the kids or getting in the way of the teachers.

"This is like Russia," Valery said. We encounter very few studios that incorporate all the performing arts in one building.

We received a very warm welcome here and plan to return in summer when, we can only surmise, the temperatures will be less hospitable.