"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Daily life, 37

Fourth grade today joined both 5ths for a big music class. Started with two Lindy Hop Heaven tunes.

At the end:

Selina*: Miss N, do grownups do this kind of dancing?

Me: Oh yeah, Selina*. It started with young people--teenagers and people in their 20s--and now everyone does it. Remember Paul and I danced for you guys last fall? That was the same thing.

Dehran*: Lots of people?

Me: Well, yes...not everybody, but yes, lots of people--kids and grownups.

Dehran*: NORMAL grownups??

*Dehran and Selina are, of course, not these inquisitive dancers' real names.

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