Reading and Writing and Relevé

There's a sense of newness in the air when the school year begins, even for those of us not involved in the process. Though we might not be students, teachers, parents or bus drivers, we experience the feelings of rebirth and hope on some level, just as we notice all of the big, yellow buses on the road. Students are excited to learn (and visit with each other, let's be honest), and teachers are refreshed and ready to inspire. An educator's drive can take a variety of forms — from new classroom organization to improved learning materials — and some instructors, such as those who teach dance through Washington University's performing-arts department, want to motivate students by doing, specifically by performing in this week's Dance Close Up concerts. To enjoy an evening of what promises to be interesting and expressive dance and to heighten that back-to-school fever — these concerts are open to students as well as members of the public — head to the school's Annelise Mertz Dance Studio in the Mallinckrodt Center (6445 Forsyth Boulevard). Dance Close Up is presented at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday (September 9 through 11), and tickets cost $12 to $17 (call 314-534-1111 or visit
Sept. 9-11, 2010
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