I just read a great article on the website of The Atlantic. In it, James Hamblin makes an eloquent defense and promotion of arts education in our schools. Gamblin’s piece explores the concept of multiple intelligences, pointing to the arts as a useful way of accessing them all. The example he cites is an innovative dancer named Lil Buck who’s rendition of The Swan (accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma) brought him national attention. I’ll be the first to admit, ballet is not my thing… actually, I can’t stand ballet. I may be the only person on earth who finds ballet utterly un-graceful. Lil Buck’s use of jookin a hybrid form of modern dance, on the other hand, is one of the most graceful and evocative movements I’ve encountered. He seems to skim, rather than step, across his performance zone transforming his ball-capped self into a truly convincing… swan. I’m amazed. Something so beautiful must, by definition participate in truth and goodness… and thus in Christ. I’ll be re-viewing Lil Buck’s interpretation of The Swan with eyes of faith trying to encounter our Lord in his art form.