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Happendance's annual professional concert

October 24-26 in Lansing's reinvigorated ReoTown

Every year Happendance produces a concert of professional modern dance in the Lansing area.
It is the only such production occurring in Mid-Michigan.
If we can offset the cost of the concert venue (The Cadillac Room, 1115 S. Washington, Lansing), we will be able to enhance the quality of our production
with better costumes and pay the dancers more generously.
You've seen what we can do with a little -- just imagine what we could do with a lot!

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Happendance 2014-15 Season Schedule
(Season Schedule created by Stacy Love/reZuberant Design)

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Oct 1st Fri

Oct. 3

Class 5-6:30

Performance 7pm

Happendance Studios

3448 Hagadorn Rd., Okemos

Hope College performers

First Friday Series Continues Oct. 3rd!

Happendance Studios are the place to be on seven First Fridays from September through June, offering both professionally-led workshops and unique studio performances. October's event starts from 5 to 6:30 pm with a Modern Master Class, offering college level modern technique taught by Matthew Farmer -- an educator, choreographer, director, performer and author whose work has been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe -- for a cost of only $20. To enroll and pre-pay for the workshop, click HERE. Note that you do not have to register in Happendance School to enroll in the workshop. The workshop is followed at 7:00 with a performance by H2 Dance Co., the semi-professional company affiliated with the Hope College Dance Department. The company, directed by Farmer, is known for presenting works that maintain the traditions of many dance forms (ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop) through choreography that is fresh and engaging. This 7:00 show is by free admission, with donations welcome.

Mark your calendar for the rest of the First Friday Season, and check back for more details each month: November 7, December 5, (no January event), February 6, (no March event), April 3, (no May event), and June 5.


Happendance School

3448 Hagadorn, Okemos

Happendance School News
Fall Term started September 2nd

You can see the full schedule of classes, enroll and pre-pay HERE.

You are always welcome to call the office at 517-333-3528 to discuss class placement and enrollment, and to obtain other assistance and information.

To Go Team

Happendance To Go Team

2014 Season

Happendance To Go Team

The 2014 concert which Happendance professionals book in schools and educational settings offers a great, all-new program:

"Gabustle, Makes my Body Hustle, and Other Silly Ways to Move Anywhere" explores fun ways to move, even when confined to a seat, in a multi-media event of original dance choreographed by Missy Lilje, new music by Dan Combs, and a story to be released in book and video formats by Andrea Crawford.

"Oh No! There he goes! - a poetic journey", choreographed by Patty Villanueva. Student Josh dreads a school assignment until he discovers that books are amazing things that can take you places you never even dreamed existed! Along the imaginary journey are dances built around real poetry for children by famous poets:

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Happendance in Action

A selection of videos on YouTube are now accessible through this website! See performances by the professional company, the To Go Team, Community Dance Project, and Happendance School students! Click here to go to that page.

Happendance 2 and Company Apprentices for 2013-14

This year's Happendance 2 members are Lauren Adrian, Marie Adrian, Meredith Bolton, Ginny Cainstraight, Claire Donahue, Anna Evanson, Michaela Ford, Aiden Foster-Fishman, Gabrielle Gubanche, Emily Hadick, Callie Harrison, Katie Heise, Kaylee Henderson, Samantha Martinez, Roja E. Mullins, Rachel Ramsay, Brianna Renfrew, Haley Robins, Jennifer Ruth, Emily Scott, Abbey Smith, Abbey Smith, Audrey Spitzfaden, and Maija Weaver.

All were accepted into this pre-professional/pre-collegiate company of dancers age 12-18, after an audition process in June. They explore the world of professional dance while performing pieces choreographed by diverse mid-Michigan choreographers, and gaining experience in choroeography and concert production. Read more about Happendance 2.

Accepted for the Happendance Professional Company apprentice program were Michaela Ford of Lansing and Lena Shuptar of Mason. The opportunity is open each year to high school juniors and seniors with strong technique and performance skills, to study and perform with Happendance professionals in various performance opportunities, which in 2012 included events both local and around Michigan, as well as in New York City.


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Happendance is listed on Simply use GoodSearch (powered by Yahoo) for all of your internet searches. Click here to add GoodSearch to your browser. The more often you use GoodSearch, the more money Happendance earns, costing you nothing.

You can also earn additional rewards, both in savings for you as a purchaser, and the donations that flow through to Happendance, from your use of To get started, go to (and bookmark) Or, if in, on the home page, under the search window, click on 'Shop Online, Support Your Cause'. Once there, enter Happendance as your charity and click Verify. If Happendance is already your default charity, just start shopping! A percentage of what you buy at the available stores will automatically be donated to Happendance, at no cost to you!

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Happendance receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The Happendance mission: To stimulate support for the art of dance through performances and educational programs. To broaden the accessibility of dance to a diverse community and promote dance for lifelong physical and mental fitness.