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Happendance 2013-14 Season Schedule

(Season Schedule created by Stacy Love/reZuberant Design)

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Choreographer Auditions

April 26-27, 2014

Dancer Auditions

May 3, 4, 11, 2014

All Sat. auditions 12 - 2 pm

at Happendance Studios

Sun. April 27 & May 4, 6-8 pm

at 372 Gannon Bldg., LCC

Sun. May 11, 12 - 2 pm

at Happendance

Seeking Dancers and Choreographers to be part of a fun and supportive dance community this summer!

Auditions are now scheduled (see at left) for the 9th annual Community Dance Project, hosted by Happendance and Lansing Community College. Dancers will perform new works created during the Project at a series of public concerts in late July and early August. Both novice and experienced choreographers are needed, the former to be partnered with the latter for support in the creative process.

In addition to attending rehearsals and performances, dancers/choreographers will be required to enroll in a summer dance technique class at Happendance, Lansing Community College, or an associate studio, and attend weekly company meetings and master classes on Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. Rehearsals begin May 30. A participation fee of $60 will be payable to Happendance. The fee includes exciting dance workshops offered exclusively to CDP participants.

Choreographers must bring to the audition a proposal for a new work, including choreography theme, music selection, modern dance style, number of dancers required, and at least three rehearsal time options. They should also be prepared to describe or show at least 30 seconds of movement.

CDP performances will be: July 29-30-31, 7 p.m., at LCC's Dart Auditorium. August 1st, 7 and 8:30 p.m., at Scene Metrospace in East Lansing. August 2nd, 2 p.m., at Lansing JazzFest in Old Town. Additional dates through August 10 are also possible.


Happendance School

3448 Hagadorn, Okemos

Spring Term March 30-June 7

Happendance School News

Spring Term is running through June 7, offering a full range of classes in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap and specialty offerings, for ages 3 to adult. A useful reference is Class grid, a one-page table showing the schedule, including class teachers, which you may download and print for reference. Click here then scroll down to enroll and pay now.

Mark your calendar for Happendance School Spring Concerts, with three shows featuring various technique levels of students -- Fri., May 16, 7 pm (Advanced Level); Sat., May 17, 1 pm (Beginning Level); and Sun., May 18, 3 pm, Intermediate Level.

A flyer including the above dates and events, and much more school information, may be downloaded for printing here.

You are also welcome to call the office at 517/333-3528 to discuss class placement and enrollment, and to obtain other assistance and information.

To Go Team

Happendance To Go Team

2014 Season

Happendance To Go Team

The 2014 concert which Happendance professionals book in schools and educational settings offers a great, all-new program:

"Gabustle, Makes my Body Hustle, and Other Silly Ways to Move Anywhere" explores fun ways to move, even when confined to a seat, in a multi-media event of original dance choreographed by Missy Lilje, new music by Dan Combs, and a story to be released in book and video formats by Andrea Crawford.

"Oh No! There he goes! - a poetic journey", choreographed by Patty Villanueva. Student Josh dreads a school assignment until he discovers that books are amazing things that can take you places you never even dreamed existed! Along the imaginary journey are dances built around real poetry for children by famous poets:

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Happendance in Action

A selection of videos on YouTube are now accessible through this website! See performances by the professional company, the To Go Team, Community Dance Project, and Happendance School students! Click here to go to that page.


2013-14 Season

Happendance Studios

3448 Hagadorn Rd., Okemos

Sat., April 12

Master Class 3:00 pm

Free Performance 5:00 pm

Hope College

Series Showcases Professional Workshops and Studio Performances

Happendance Studios are the place to be on the second Saturday of each month, September through April, offering both professionally-led workshops and unique studio performances. The 2013-14 season got off to a hot start with an end-of-summer salsa class and dance party on September 14. October 12 brought in Lansing legend, Randi-Kay Anthony, for a contemporary dance workshop, after which works from Community Dance Project were performed. On November 9 choreographer and filmmaker Kristi Faulkner brought a master class and a performance by her dance company. On December 14 the Happendance Professionals taught a partnering class and performed a sneak preview of January's "This is Happendance" concert. January 11 offered a performance of new works in progress danced by Happendance 2, following a Jazz Class in modern, popular and theatrical styles by Flint's Emma Davis. February 8 offered the annual Kids Fun Day, followed up with a performance by the professional Happendance To Go Team. March 8 offered a Zumba Class with Amanda Tollstam, followed by a performance of adjudicated works by top students from Happendance School, Happendance 2 pre-professional company, and Children's Ballet Theatre of Michigan. The final event of the season was April 12 - a master class with Hope College Prof. Matt Farmer, and a performance by H2 Dance Co., the semi-professional company affiliated with the Hope College Dance Department.

Happendance 2 and Company Apprentices for 2013-14

This year's Happendance 2 members are Lauren Adrian, Marie Adrian, Meredith Bolton, Ginny Cainstraight, Claire Donahue, Anna Evanson, Michaela Ford, Aiden Foster-Fishman, Gabrielle Gubanche, EWmily Hadick, Callie Harrison, Katie Heise, Kaylee Henderson, Samantha Martinez, Roja E. Mullins, Rachel Ramsay, Brianna Renfrew, Haley Robins, Jennifer Ruth, Emily Scott, Abbey Smith, Abbey Smith, Audrey Spitzfaden, and Maija Weaver.

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 experience in choroeography and concert production. Read more about Happendance 2.

Accepted for the Happendance Professional Company apprentice program were Michaela Ford of Lansing and Lena Shuptar of Mason. 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 in 2012 included events both local and around Michigan, as well as in New York City.


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Happendance receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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.