Being married to a dancer, I have learned a lot about dance by osmosis. (I also used to play piano for dance classes, but that was in another life.) Since Geiger Classic Ballet Academy is the premiere dance school in the region, I thought they deserved an educational video that was also a promotional video that showed people how exceptional they are. I was lucky enough to get the assistance of Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, who feels that she owes a lot of her success to the Academy and its founder, Mary Geiger. (She studied there for several years). This mini-documentary video features interviews with Kirsten, Mary Geiger, a dance student and her father who all give their unique perspective on what the academy has to offer. It’s a great compliment to the articles, information and pictures on the dance school’s website.
If it were not for this video, few people outside of Michigan would have the opportunity to learn about the unique techniques developed by music educator Florence Paterni during a 30-year career in the Detroit Public Schools. This mini-documentary (a little over 8 minutes) features interviews with students, parents, grandparents, music educators, administrators and friends. Together, they tell the story of how they were introduced to music and how it has changed their lives. Call this an educational video, a video documentary or a video biography: either way, it is a touching story of competence, love and dedication.