AscenDance Project performing at RiverRocks Festival in Chattanooga's Coolidge Park. Photo courtesy of Tom and Pat Cory Photography. Performers shown: Isabel von Rittberg--bottom, Martha Hazel--upper left, Ryan Gaunt--upper right.
Ryan Gaunt, of the AscenDance Project, horsing around in the Tennessee Aquarium's Seahorse Gallery pop-up tank.
Ryan and Isabel had some time after their performance to enjoy all that Chattanooga has to offer. Here's what Ryan had to share with everyone after their visit to the Tennessee Aquarium:
"Isabel and I were recently in Chattanooga for a performance at the 1st annual River Rocks Festival. Having grown up in North Carolina, I was excited about heading back to the Southeast for large deciduous forests, humidity, sandstone climbing and some good southern hospitality. While there, we were invited to take a tour of the aquarium. We had been told about the penguin exhibit, but weren’t prepared for what was housed in the two buildings with glass pyramidal tops. Before you head up the escalators of the first building, “the River Journey,” first head downstairs for the special exhibit, which on this occasion, was of seahorse/sea dragons. I was blown away. The seahorses were awesome, but I had never seen a sea dragon before, and the leafy and weedy sea dragon quickly became my favorite creatures and I hadn’t even begun the full tour yet. What lay in store for us on the rest of the tour throughout the two buildings was an amazing experience and chance to see life that teems in a world that few people get to see in nature. Interactive exhibits, a butterfly garden, and aquariums that kids (and dexterous adults) can crawl into the middle of all provide a memorable experience. With the additional options of an IMAX 3D theater and River Gorge exploration, the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is a must do for a whole day or even just a quick visit." - Ryan Gaunt, AscenDance Project, Berkeley, Ca.