3448 Hagadorn Rd., Okemos
Workshops 3:00 pm
Free Performances 5:00 pm
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 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 Krist Faulkner brought a master class and a performance by her dance company. Now mark your calendar for the rest of the season, so you won't miss any of these great opportunities!
December 14 - featuring the Happendance Pros!
-- 3-4:30 pm, Partnering Class with Happendance Artistic Director Patricia Villanueva and Danielle Selby. Includes warmup, partnering exercises, and learning a partnering section from a Happendance piece that has been performed across Michigan and in NYC! Class fee $20. Click here to register and prepay for the master class now!
-- 5:00-6:15 pm, Happendance professionals preview new works for January concert ($5 suggested donation): Come sneak a peek at the company's newest works, leading toward the January "This is Happendance" concert. Catch up with returning performers and meet the newest dancers!
January 11 - Happendance Contemporary Dance Workshop, followed by Happendance 2 performance
February 8 - Get Movin' with Your Little One, workshop, followed by Happendance To Go Show for Kids!
March 8 - Contemporary Dance Workshop, followed by Performance featuring Lansing's best dance students
April 12 - Matthew Farmer Contemporary Dance Workshop, followed by dANCEpROjECt in Concert
Performances are followed by light refreshments..
3448 Hagadorn, Okemos
Thurs., Dec. 26
Fri., Dec. 27
Sat., Dec. 28
Use your Holiday Break for exciting dance study! Classes are available over a three-day period of Thursday-Saturday, December 26-28, and are open to two age/ability levels. The Youth Class Options are for ages 10 to 13, with Conditioning and Wellness open to all students, and a Youth Ballet class for those at Pointe Prep levels 1 and 2. Intermediate to Advanced dancers (levels of Composition 2 or 3, and/or High Intermediate Modern) can select any or all of the following: Conditioning and Wellness, Int/Adv Ballet for Contemporary Dancers, Int/Adv Modern Techniques, and Repertory Class.
Prices start at $30 for a single class, with discounts for taking multiple classes and/or classes on multiple days. For times and pricing, and the opportunity to enroll now, click here.
All classes will be with Michael except Youth Ballet, which is taught by Happendance faculty. Michael received a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Michigan. Upon graduating, he received a scholarship to study at the Merce Cunningham School, NYC, and became a member of the Cunningham Repertory Group. In 2002 he joined RIOULT Dance NY, a contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of Pascal Rioult. Michael teaches an athletic modern class, grounded in the techniques of Martha Graham with influences from Pascal Rioult and Robert Battle. It blends the artistry of movement with a strong sense of musicality. His students will improve technical aspects of their training and gain valuable tips for ongoing improvement. After the last Saturday class (ending at approximately 3:30 p.m.), dancers and parents will have a Question/Answer opportunity with him. Michael's full bio may be viewed or downloaded here.
3448 Hagadorn, Okemos
Holiday Term Nov 4-Jan 25
The term runs November 4th through January 25, offering a full range of classes in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap and specialty offerings, for ages 3 to adult.Click here to view Holiday Term details and find what interests you -- then please call the office (see below) to determine whether enrollments in that class are practical at this point in the term.
Class grid is a one-page table showing the schedule, including class teachers, which you may download and print for reference. You may also call the office at 517/333-3528 to discuss class placement and enrollment status, and obtain other assistance.
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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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.