berry - fascinating post on a number of levels - <P>1. i had no idea holland and germany were quite that close and accessible! wow - visiting twice a month...working in both countries!<P>2. i'm the same about my pic - now old and fat!
- and wouldn't be seen dead in a tutu!<P>3. interesting that you say mattox system is not well-known in US - (i believe you, of course, but...) the people i knew who taught it, or who WERE taught it, had had that experience in the states, so i thought USA was its main base of popularity (WRONG!
)<P>4. don't know anyone who teaches it, now. yes - hip-hop is popular here for recreational classes, but jazz as a dance genre IS taken seriously in good studios and in dance programs at universities - though never AS seriously, as contmporary and ballet.....in my experience.<P>5. the little girl is gorgeous - perhaps you should show her the photo here? - and your description of her 'astonishment' is delightful.<P>6. j - you were a dancer in an instructional video for this? i'm impressed!
<P>7. will all please all excuse the list? - its the christmas crazies - trying to keep control of a zillion things.....maybe lists will help! ('tearing hair out but also resigned' smiley...goes here)<P>