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Education Exchange -- Outreach Education

Amanda at Happendance On Stage
Education Exchange

Since 1977, Happendance has been at the forefront of programming aimed at developing dance audiences for the future, in partnership with both private and public schools. That was the year Happendance Founder, Diane Newman, created the Lecture-Demonstration Team, with state funding, to perform and teach in area secondary schools. In 1979, Impression 5 Science Museum sponsored Happendance in a series of 30 performances designed to inter-relate science and dance concepts for elementary school children visiting the "hands-on" museum, and later extended that sponsorship to 26 performances in all Eaton County elementary schools

Listed in the Michigan Directory of Touring Arts Attractions, Happendance reaches up to 8,000 students and educators a year with its unique outreach programs. The two components are: (1) Performance -- one-hour "lecture demonstrations" of narrative, performance and audience involvement, designed for school settings; (2) Teaching -- Happendance specialists working with classroom groups, from one session to year-long residencies, conducting movement experiences that enhance the learning process across the curriculum. This includes a proud history of programming for special-needs populations.

The outreach programs, now collectively known as Education Exchange, have enjoyed the generous support of various foundations and businesses who subsidize the fees charged to schools for these professional artistic services. Some of our supporters have included the Thoman Foundation, the Dietrich Foundation, the Granger Foundation, the Capitol Region Community Foundation, Capital Area United Way, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Ingham County Hotel-Motel Tax Fund, the City of Lansing General Fund, and IBM Corporation.

Photos this page by David Grist