Magazine article Dance Magazine

Travel Broadens

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Travel Broadens

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A sign on a main street building in our town reads "Aria Super Market"; the other half reads the same in Arabic. Several feet above that sign is another: "For sale by Gallagher & Lindsay"--and lower, "Agent Moon Tam" (then three Chinese characters and a telephone number). The market is sandwiched between Sahib India Cuisine and Garden Cleaners (operated by an Asian family) and O'Connell's Volvo Specialists and Albert's Hippy Cafe. We have been criticized nationally for our lack of diversity. In Fact, we are quintessentially American. Everyone comes from somewhere (emigrants ever after Eden, if you will), stays for a while, then moves In somewhere else. In between moving, we travel.

As our travel section on page 34 shows, people at our destinations perceive artists by exposure to companies who visit there. They learn our style and customs, the depth of our care and character. In turn, we learn theirs--not on tape, but in reality. A trade of knowledge, if not understanding. All in all, a fair exchange. Travel--a time away--can also provide us with time and distance for rest, introspection, the possibilities of exploration and imagination, pleasure and unexpected challenges.

For myself, I have edited publications in the east, west, and south of America, and traveled frequently in the name of dance. By the time you read this after you have returned from your European tour or your summer vacation or your Labor Day holiday, the offices of DANCE MAGAZINE will be resident in Manhattan (please note the correct contact numbers and address on the masthead on page 7). …

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