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Happendance 2014-15 Season Schedule
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2015 Season

FINAL DANCER AUDITIONS

Sat. May 10

Noon - 2:30 pm

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DANCE, Lansing!!!

DANCE Lansing Community Dance project has an opportunity 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.

ARE YOU THINKING OF AUDITIONING?? Download a page with the audition formats and other information by clicking here.

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Happendance School

3448 Hagadorn, Okemos

Happendance School News:

NEW!!! - Parent/Child Classes for Very Young Children

Want to nurture your baby’s early neural development in a playful, educational atmosphere? Strengthen the bond with your little one through dance, music, and sensory activities while developing your baby's cognitive, emotional, and physical health. Taught by Master Instructors Mary Jane Gamble and Diane Newman.

Classes start February 4th and run for 8 weeks:
     Twaddler Dance (ages 1-2 ½ years)
         Wednesdays  5:00-5:30 p pm $88.00

Select and enroll by clicking HERE.

That is also the page where you can see a full schedule of classes and plan your enrollment or re-enrollment for Winter Term, which will run January 26-March 28.

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.

To Go Team

Happendance To Go Team

2014-15 Season

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.

Happendance 2 and Company Apprentices for 2014-15

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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Support Happendance while You Search and SHOP!

Happendance is listed on www.goodsearch.com. Simply use GoodSearch (powered by Yahoo) for all of your internet searches. Click here to add GoodSearch to your browser. The more often you use GoodSearch, the more money Happendance earns, costing you nothing.

You can also earn additional rewards, both in savings for you as a purchaser, and the donations that flow through to Happendance, from your use of GoodShop.com. To get started, go to (and bookmark) GoodShop.com. Or, if in Goodsearch.com, on the home page, under the search window, click on 'Shop Online, Support Your Cause'. Once there, enter Happendance as your charity and click Verify. If Happendance is already your default charity, just start shopping! A percentage of what you buy at the available stores will automatically be donated to Happendance, at no cost to you!

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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.

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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.