Morning Blend: Happendance CEO Missy Lilje describes the various summer camps available in July and August.
First free concert
LCC Dart Auditorium
DANCE Lansing Community Dance project offers opportunities for anyone who loves dance -- from advanced and professional dancers, to a dance experience for developmentally challenged dancers, beginning dancers, and mature dancers. It is designed to increase accessibility of modern and contemporary dance education and performance in Michigan. "In the greater Lansing area," says Artistic Director Lisa Whiting Dobson, "actors from amateur to professional have multiple opportunities to participate in theatre performances throughout the year. We want to build the same opportunities and collaborative environment for dancers."
Each year seasoned and emerging choreographers and dancers create original dance performances presented at diverse community venues. Last year, 45 new works were created by 35 choreographers and performed by over 80 dancers. This year, the free concerts will be at LCC's Dart Auditorium July 28-31, and in a variety of community venues August 4-9.
During the rehearsal process, emerging artists are mentored by seasoned artists, and attend workshops on topics including choreography, dance and performance technique, collaborating with musicians, technical design and other specialists, and participating in dance residencies. This year's workshops will include one on Commercial Jazz with Beyoncé dancer Carrie Crawford and Britney Spears' dancer Nate Crawford. The one on Fosse Jazz will feature broadway's Fosse Dance Captain, Philip Simmons.
Learn more about the history of this collaborative project at the CDP page.
3448 Hagadorn, Okemos
Summer offers great dance for all ages! Dance Camps embrace imagination and fun through dance, and August ballet camps help advanced students to excell! Dates for this year are:
Fairy Camp (ages 6-9) June 23-25 and/or July 14-16, 1-3:45 PM each day. Mermaid Camp (ages 6-9) July 7-9 and/or July 21-13, 1-3:45 PM each day. Youth Ballet Camps: Pre-Pointe (Ages 10-14), August 3-6; and Power Pointe (ages 12 and up), August 10-14.
Summer School's six-week session June 15-July 24 offers a wide range of classes, and is still accepting enrollment in most of them.
Select and enroll by clicking HERE.
You are always welcome to call the office at 517-333-3528 to discuss class placement and enrollment, and to obtain other assistance and information.
Happendance To Go Team
The cast of Happendance To Go Professionals (Patricia Villaneuva, Deanne Rivera, Danielle Selby, Josh Smith) and dancer extras have worked hard to launch the 2014-15 concert which the team performs in schools and educational settings. The concert theme this school year is "The Power of Words," and dances include "Simple Machine" and "Gabustle." The acclaimed 2013 book, Gabustle Makes my Body Hustle, is not only featured in the show, but a free copy will be given to the school for each show booked.
Click here to learn more about Happendance To Go -- performances of the 50-minute show and movement experiences led by outstanding Happendance teachers, to enhance the learning process for classroom groups. Book soon to claim your grant funds which can subsidize up to 2/3 of the cost of each show. For booking information, call the Happendance office at 517/333-3528.
This year's Happendance 2 members are Marie Adrian, Rose Albrecht, Lia Baldoni, Ginny Cainstraight, Ayla Foster-Fishman, Katrina Granger, Kaylee Henderson, Roja E. Mullins, Sophie Parks, Rachel Ramsay, Jennifer Ruth, Audrey Spitzfaden, Sarah Stone, Jared Thompson, Brenna Van Haren, Maija Weaver, Dalee Yang and Rebecca Yeomans-Stephenson.
All were accepted into this pre-professional/pre-collegiate company of dancers age 12-18, after an audition process in June. They explore the world of professional dance while performing pieces choreographed by diverse mid-Michigan choreographers, and gaining hands-on experience in choroeography and concert production. Read more about Happendance 2.
Accepted for the Happendance Professional Company apprentice program were Lena Shuptar, Aiden Foster-Fishman and Abbie Smith. The opportunity is open each year to high school juniors and seniors with strong technique and performance skills, to study and perform with Happendance professionals in various performance opportunities, which historically have ranged from in and around Michigan to New York City.
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The Happendance mission: To stimulate support for the art of dance through performances and educational programs. To broaden the accessibility of dance to a diverse community and promote dance for lifelong physical and mental fitness.