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#CHQStories – Good job. Now, don’t ever do that again!

Leslie Tryon first visited Chautauqua in July 1988 as a participant in the Highlights for Children writers’ workshop. In an article submitted to The Chautauquan Daily, Tryon shares the story of winning the Institution’s annual poetry contest, and the impact “a week of innovation and creative work” had on her career as an author.

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#CHQstories – Music and Dance, 1974

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This summer, read stories submitted by our readers at Describe your first visit to Chautauqua. Share your family history. Reflect on how you bring the Chautauqua experience home.

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Leah Pileggi | Community contributor

In the morning, I would take my very first dance class. I was 16, ancient in dancer years. But I was scheduled to jump-start my dance life with pliés and jetés and mazurkas and “modern dance” seven hours a day, five days a week, for two months. A summer of dance at Chautauqua.

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