Since I last posted on my original blog (knoxvilleballetschool/danceblog), the hard drive on the hosting server failed and the blog vanished into the ether (Ach, Crivens!). Hrmph. Sigh. So, here I am again. Welcome to my new blog about dance, art, et al. I thought I should also include the text for my first post from the old blog, so here it is:
Welcome to my ballet blog. Perhaps you’re wondering about that tea…. Many years ago I had the privilege of studying classical ballet during several consecutive summers with ballet legend Natalia Krassovska at the National Academy of Dance in Champaign, Illinois. Ms. Krassovska had also been a fixture in my early childhood, as she was a frequent guest at Memphis Ballet School, where I got my start as a young student. My mom danced in the company and got to know Krassovska pretty well. Mom also liked to hang around to observe the first day of classes when she and dad toted me north to school in Illinois; imagine our surprise to see Ms. Krassovska wandering the school’s corridors on that first day, exuding about as much wonderment as the rest of the new arrivals. She immediately recognized mom and made her way through a throng of bunheads outside the door of Studio C to speak to her in heavily accented English: “Oh Pat! Pat! Could you please bring me little tea or somsing?” So after all these years, to merely have tea seems insufficient; a little tea or somsing promises, somehow, so much more. I hope to bring the promise of so much more to this blog, and joyously anticipate a dialogue with you, whether you dance or not. (This entry was originally posted on Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 at 9:15 pm.)
In the coming days and weeks, I will cull over the cached text I was able to grab from my previous blog, and I will restore some of it to this blog as I see fit, among my new posts. Many thanks to various people who helped get me reestablished on the Web, notably Ross, David, and Justin, and also Andy. Your help is appreciated.