Monday, July 28, 2008

Celina, Ohio

There is an amazing sight on IN-67 somewhere between Muncie and the Ohio border in farm country. After miles of driving between walls of swaying corn punctuated by the occasional tractor and rare farm house, you pass a small sign noting that a "historical church" is up ahead, and then an incongruously magnificent church rises out of nowhere, its gothic spire pointing heavenward. There it stands without a house in sight, a church that must have been built by a loving, invisible community.

The Upstage Downtown dance studio in Celina, Ohio is a lot like that church. Celina (pronounced with a long i) on the Western border of the state is a small town with a large lake and an annual lake festival. Its primary landmark is its red brick city hall, which has been there for more than a century. It's a town of farmers and manufacturers. The town's visitor's guide provides a list of cross tipped churches to appreciate. It is far from the hustle and bustle of Times Square. And from out of this town rises the Upstage Downtown Dance Studio. Run by Tanya Flutterjohn for the past six years, it is unasumingly located above a Dollar General on Main Street. The small brick-walled studio has a comfortable floor covered in grey marley. It's students have talent, great energy and an enthusiasm for learning. We are pleased to have discovered this studio, and hope to return in the future.

Tomorrow we return to Garrett, Indiana for two extended classes with our old friends at the Patricia Krus School of Dance.

Oh What a Beautiful Morning - Unknown