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Happendance Administrative Staff
Missy Lilje - Chief Executive Officer

Missy Lilje earned her BFA in dance from the University of Michigan, and her MFA in Dance from Arizona State University; she currently serves as CEO for the Happendance organization.

As a performer, she has performed the works of Martha Graham, Doris
Humphrey, Paul Taylor, David Dorfman, Peter Sparling, Mark Haim, Diane Newman, Jane Gamble, and more.

Creatively, she has choreographed over 30 works for the contemporary
concert stage, musical theater productions, and children's concerts.

Missy's research on dance communities and how they relate to business
practice was published by ASU Press in 2008. She regularly travels to present this work throughout the US, in Europe, and at Michigan State University, where she is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Theatre.

In 2016, Ms. Lilje was elected to the Board of Education for the Lansing School District. She also enjoys serving on the Executive Committee for the Michigan Dance Council, the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters Capitol Region, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Lansing.
Colleen Erpelding - Director of Operations

Colleen Erpelding is Happendance Director of  Operations, and Education Exchange Coordinator. Colleen has trained in  various genres of dance since the age of five, and brings a diverse set  of skills and experience to the Happendance team; her  positions have included: preschool and elementary teacher, and  executive director for a nonprofit preschool and childcare program. She  holds a BS in Human Resources, K-8 teaching certification, and MA in  Early Childhood Education. She is also trained in Applied  Behavior Analysis (ABA), and is pursuing a graduate certificate for  Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) through Michigan State  University. She hopes to support students, families, and staff with  evidence-based techniques for children with special needs,  enriching the dance experience for all students.

Colleen’s dance training began in 1980 and has  continued throughout her life. She has studied Broadway style and  rhythm tap, jazz, ballet, ballroom, and Latin, with mentors such as Mary  Ellen Schrewe (Detroit, MI), Ellen Keane (Minneapolis,  MN), Sara Randazzo (Ann Arbor, MI), Dorian Deaver (Ann Arbor, MI), Gage  Clark (Grand Ledge, MI), and Happendance’s, Amy Stice. Colleen  continues to train and periodically perform, and serves on the teaching  faculty. Her classes include Creative Dance, Percussive  Creative Dance, and Introduction to Tap.

Colleen resides in Okemos with her three children, and is excited to grow with the Happendance family!
Jennah Quinn Gray - Accountant


Patricia Villanueva - Artistic Director Velocity!/Director of Ballet

Patricia Villanueva  graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Dance. She has been a  Lansing  area teacher for many years, teaching at Happendance, The Dance  Conservatory, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Her choreography has been  shown in venues across the state of Michigan, as well as in Chicago, and  Martha’s Vineyard; in 2014, Patricia was a finalist  for the Maggie Allesee Choreography Award. She has served as Ballet  Mistress for the Children’s Ballet Theater of Michigan, the Junior  Division of Greater Lansing Ballet Company, and the Junior Division of  Holland Area Youth Ballet.

In her former life, she  performed with Happendance Professional Company (now Velocity!),  Happendance Education Exchange, Greater Lansing Ballet Company, and  Aerial Dance Theater. She is now happy to pass the floor burn and  blisters on to others and stick to the stressful-but-less-abusive  jobs: Artistic Director for both Velocity Concert Dance, and Education  Exchange Outreach Company, as well as an Assistant Director with Impulse  Student Dance Company.

She lives in Eaton Rapids with her husband,  Tony, an ever changing number of daughters, and  two cats.
Lisa Whiting Dobson - Artistic Director Happendance Impulse/Artistic Director DANCE Lansing
Technical Manager/Marketing Director

Lisa Whiting Dobson is on the faculty of the MSU Department of Media and  Information where she teaches television producing and directing.  Winner of over seventy regional, national, and international awards for  her producing, directing, and editing work, she is also a TV  Producer/Director for the Catholic Diocese of Lansing, adjunct faculty  in the Digital Media, Audio, and Cinema Department at LCC, and is  Artistic Director of Happendance Impulse and DANCE Lansing  Community Dance Project. Lisa has taught dance for thirty years at  local studios including Nancie Bauer School Of Dance, Synergy, Class  Act, and Fusion Dance Center. She also serves on the Board of Directors  of Happendance (Past President), and has served  on the Board of Directors of Children's Ballet Theatre of Michigan  (Past President), Michigan Dance Association (Past Secretary, Past Vice  President), Michigan Dance Council (Past Secretary), and Michigan Youth  Arts Festival (Past Dance Division Director).  Lisa has stage managed numerous dance and theatrical productions at  LCC, Wharton Center, and other community venues including Three Penny  Opera, A Room With A View, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, LightVisions,  Ah! Wilderness, Ragtime, Vigil, A View From The  Bridge, The Shrike, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, The Graduate, Smoke on the  Mountain, Keep On The Sunnyside, Poetry's Motion, The American Spirit,  Broadway Beat, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake,  The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, and Christmas  Cabaret.  Lisa holds four degrees in telecommunication, psychology, and  dance.
 
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