We're dancing through the decades. Join us this Summer!
Summer Schedule 2021
Is a summer dance festival produced by Happendance in Collaboration with Lansing Community College. Since 2005, DANCE Lansing has given opportunities to adult choreographers and dancers, from beginners to professionals. All performances are free to see and happen all over the city at a variety of venues.
Happendance Education Exchange
Bringing dance into schools for 45 years. Engaging students in school requires a variety of strategies, none more effective than physical movement and integrated learning. Happendance brings Project-Based Learning though physical movement to the PreK-12th grade curriculum. School leaders can customize an plan with two services: 1) a Happendance Facilitator in the classroom; 2) a group of Happendance Velocity Professional Dancers coming in to perform an assembly for the entire school.
We believe that every student deserves to be empowered, actualized, and heard. Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip-Hop. Jazz Funk are styles taught along with these 4 Life Lessons: 1) You are worth it. 2) Work hard every day. 3) Get in touch with the dreams of your soul. 4) Put yourself in the room with the best in the world.
Happendance Impulse Student Company
Gives Pre-K – 12th grade dancers the opportunity to train and rehearse for four stand-alone concerts and 2 out-of-town dance festivals each year. Technique, improvisation, dance composition and performance skills are the focus as they come together every Saturday under the support and supervision of Happendance faculty.
Move. Create. Elevate
Over 50 years ago, an MSU student organized a small group of dancers to stage a free performance on MSU’s campus. It has grown into a Mid-Michigan cultural treasure with two locations (Okemos and Lansing), with multiple programs and community projects. All programs provide accessible, low-cost educational and performance opportunities for all dancers of all ages. Our mission is to broaden the accessibility of dance to a diverse community and promote dance for lifelong physical and mental fitness.
CEO Artistic Director
I dance because it is the act that makes me feel most alive and most present in the moment. Through dance I can express aspects of my human experience that there are no words for. Growing up at Happendance gave me the opportunity to see what it was like to try as hard as I could every day to inch closer and closer to goals that were physical, creative, mental and emotional. This process gave me the tools to create a life for myself that makes me feel empowered, joyful and satisfied. Working here means that I get to express and share this with my community. It is an honor and a privilege. I am inspired every day by so many of my amazing mentors over the years. They all have the following things in common: soul-guided excellence combined with kindness and rock-solid work ethic. Missy holds a BFA in Dance from University of Michigan (Earl V. Moore Award, Axon Merit Scholarship) and MFA in Dance from Arizona State University (Hope Hineman Fellowship). Her thesis, “An Investigation into Business Models in Nonprofit Dance in the United States” was published by Arizona State Press in 2008. She is a presenter for National Dance Education Organization, and has presented her research both nationally and internationally. As a concert dance performer, she has danced in works by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Isadora Duncan, Doris Humphrey, Peter Sparling, Yvonne Rainner, Mark Haim, David Dorfman, Robin Wilson, Bill DeYoung, Jessica Fogle, and more. She’s danced and toured as a member of five professional companies (Happendance Velocity, 100th Monkey, Travesty Dance Group Cleveland, A. Ludwig Dance Theater, Rayn Dance Theater.) Missy has choreographed over 30 works for concert dance and musical theater stages. She has conducted residencies at Columbia College and University of Texas and has served as adjunct faculty for Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre, Alma College, Albion College Lansing Community College and Arizona State University. Missy was elected to the Lansing Schools Board of Education in 2016. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Dance Council and is a member of Mayor Andy Schor’s Arts and Culture Commission.
Assistant Director Happendance Impulse Student Company, Faculty member
When I hear music I hear it with my entire body inside and out and I have to move. I choose to work at Happendance because it has always felt the closest both to how I grew up in my home studio and also the closest in my philosophy to training a whole dancer, as a person as well as a performer. I draw inspiration from the women in my family: My mother, sister and daughters. They are strong people with a quiet but firm way of navigating their worlds. They all work hard, are intelligent and thoughtful, creative and loving.
Patty holds a BA in Dance from Hope College where she recognized as Distinguishhed Award Winner. She spends her summers serving as Co-Director for the Department of Dance at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. She is certified the the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum and was awarded the Chris Clark Fellowship from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing for her studies at ABT. Patty is also the Founding Artistic Director for Charlott’s Conservatory Ballet Company and Assistant Director for Happendance Impulse Student Company.
At Happendance, we believe that every person deserves the best opportunity to create their highest quality of life. Today’s Happendance serves 14,000 diverse people per year with our many innovative and exceptional programs. Happendance began over forty years ago with a small group of performers on the banks of the Red Cedar River at MSU.
Now, Happendance is proud to share the benefits of dance with everyone. Help Happendance continue to set the barre for the next forty years!