Monday, May 22, 2006

Martha's Spirit in Iowa

I spent this past weekend backstage at a dance recital wrangling a bunch of small girls in pouffy and sparkly costumes. We even had to put makeup on our kids, yuck.

I wasn't particularly keen on the whole dance thing. I had a very snobby assumption that the dance school was all tap & dance squad jazz (a primer: dance squad jazz is code for “cleaned-up” music video dancing; Paula Abdul, circa 1986). I was wrong.

The older dancers had the standard tap and jazz routines, but they were also on pointe in one piece and preformed a number of modern pieces. Modern dance out of a small town Iowa dance school?

It was inspiring, and humbling.

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