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Jennah Quinn Gray is a graduate of Everett High School where she trained in the Everett Dance Program, as well as at other local dance studios. She has been dancing for twenty-four years, and studied various styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, partnering, and hip hop. Her specialties include contemporary, modern, jazz, lyrical and hiphop.

Jennah is also a cross-fit enthusiast and has her level one certificate. Her main goal is to not only provide an open space for dancers to learn and grow, but also to engage students with the how and why of what they are learning to do with their bodies—to engage their minds, bodies, and souls as one.

She currently attends LCC for Business and Accounting, and also works in the office at Happendance, gaining experience in finance. Along with being an instructor at Happendance and Danceworks, she is also one of the assistant directors of the Happendance Impulse student company. Jennah is also an adjunct employee of the MSU theater department, subbing classes in Jazz and Contemporary.
Diane Newman founded Happendance Contemporary Dance Company in 1976 and has served as a performing artist, master instructor, choreographer, artistic director, and executive director at different times during its 40-year history. Always an educator, she contributed her private studio of instruction to the organization in 1993, renaming it Happendance School and developing its multi-year curricula in ballet and modern dance. Diane also co-authored a book on creative dance with veteran Happendancer Beth Post, and Dr. Lynnette Overby, titled Interdisciplinary Learning through Dance: 101 MOVEntures, a book which offers elementary school teachers and dance teaching artists lessons which integrate curricula and movement. Diane is an adjunct professor at Michigan State University where she has been teaching both creative workshop and civic engagement courses since 2008. Diane was honored as a top-ten finalist in 2010 for “Greater Lansing Woman of the Year”; as a featured profile in the November 2014 issue of Dance Teacher, a national magazine; and as Michigan Dance Educator of the Year in both 1981 and 2007. Now semi-retired, Diane loves to read, garden, birdwatch, and travel. She has lived in Lansing’s “Eastside Neighborhood” since 1971 with husband Jesse, and has three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
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.
 
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