For nine weeks during the summer, this sleepy Victorian village awakens like the mythical Brigadoon to fuel the mind, body and spirit. The famous from politics and academia lecture, renowned ministers preach and entertainers perform. The Institution has its own symphony and youth orchestras, ballet, opera and theater companies. Located on scenic Chautauqua Lake, numerous recreational activities abound for adults and children from sailing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming and more. There is even a steamboat, the Chautauqua Belle that picks up passengers from the Institution for a scenic lake tour. The Institution hearkens back to America's past with a patriotic, old-fashioned, wholesome, friendly and safe environment.
Founded as a summer Methodist retreat for ministers and Sunday school teachers, the Institution maintains its religious roots by honoring the Abrahamic faiths: Christian, Jewish and Muslim. There are quaint inns, condominiums and houses for rent and the elegant and historic Athenaeum Hotel.
I am honored and privileged to be a Special Studies instructor. I also have fond memories of dancing before the prestigious Dance Circle, being featured in the local newspaper, on WJTN Radio and being part of the Institution's advertising campaign. Instructing dance to students from around the world, from ages to teen to eighties, beginners to advanced has been a joy. My hope is that these students continue their study of this ancient art form when they return home.
I am off again to CHQ, as the Institution is affectionately known, for another week of instructing dance.