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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 Theatre of Michigan, the Junior Division of Greater Lansing Ballet Company, and the Junior Division of Holland Area Youth Ballet. In addition, Patricia was the Artistic Director of Happendance Velocity and Happendance Education Exchange, and was Director of Ballet at Happendance School.

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 job: 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.
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 Theatre Department, subbing classes in Jazz and Contemporary.
Chloe Gonzales is a Happendance and University of Michigan alum. She has been training in modern and ballet for over 20 years and attended the University of Michigan to pursue a BFA in dance (2017). She is currently a Soloist and Arts Management/Human Resources Coordinator at Suttle Dance (Novi) and a company member of Happendance Velocity (Okemos). In addition, she is an Assistant Director for Impulse and is currently teaching Contemporary and Dance Composition at Happendance. She recently organized and directed “Our Body - Performance as Protest” advocating for reproductive rights in Michigan using the art of dance and involving artists from across mid-Michigan. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with notable artists such as Meredith Monk (Quarry, restaged 2017), Richard Alston (Brisk Singing, restaged 2015), Peter Sparling (Vox Femina (Girl Talk), 2014) among others. Chloe enjoys mentoring her students and helping them grow as people while encouraging their self expression as emerging young artists.
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Andrew Muylle is from Lansing and is a graduate of Eastern High School. He grew up as a student at Mark Taylor School of Dance in Lansing. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Oakland University. After graduating and spending a summer as a performer at Idlewild, a theme park in the mountains of Pennsylvania, he moved to New York, where he engaged in the musical theatre and dance industries. While living in New York, he appeared in 42nd Street at the Ogunquit Playhouse and as a featured dancer in the televised Make The Season Bright holiday show at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan.
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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.
 
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