At the end of the day “quality of life” is a subjective measurement attempting to associate value with a given place or community. There are individual metrics around real estate, quality employment opportunities, a sense of community and access to recreation, among others. From an economic development perspective these measurements and approximations can help to differentiate your town or city or region from the next. Recently, here in Middlebury, Vermont, I happened across a new representation of quality of life – it’s associated with ballet.
Ballet and dance classes are relatively common across the country, but here in Middlebury we have what I believe to be a unique situation that speaks directly to the quality of our place. In the coming weeks, Middlebury College will be offering ballet and pre-ballet classes to the children in our community. What struck me as representative of value is that the instructors have the following backgrounds:
She has been dancing since she was three years old, and continues to study dance as part of her dance and psychology double major at Middlebury College. She has just returned from a semester abroad in India, and is excited to be back for her fifth semester teaching the Middlebury College Pre-Ballet Class!
…has been dancing since age 3. She started studying classical ballet and continues to dance ballet, African, and swing dance at Middlebury, where she is a neuroscience major. She has taught ballet classes for 3-8 year olds, run an elementary after-school ballet program, and been a preschool teacher for three summers.
She grew up dancing tap, jazz and ballet. She continues to study dance at Middlebury where she is a Comparative Literature major. Meredith spent the past summer teaching a creative movement class in Brandon, Vermont. She is excited to teach her second semester of Pre-Ballet.
The ballet instruction in Middlebury is being provided by someone that just returned from a semester in India, someone who happens to be studying neuroscience and a third person majoring in Comparative Literature. If your son or daughter would benefit from learning dance and ballet from young women with amazing world views, unparalleled combinations of creativity and intelligence in a state of the art facility please contact us to discuss your relocation to our place. We would love to share some of our quality of life with you.