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Happendance 2014-15 Season Schedule
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Nov. 7

Class 6-7:30

Performance 8pm

Happendance Studios

3448 Hagadorn Rd., Okemos

First Friday Series Continues Nov. 7th with "Success and the Blues"!

Happendance Studios are the place to be on seven First Fridays from September through June, offering both professionally-led workshops and unique studio performances. November's event starts with a class from 6 to 7:30 pm, "How to Succeed in Dance" -- a marketing seminar led by professional dance manaer and Happendance Operations Manager, Kim Smith, with her star client, Jessica Smith of Grand Rapids Ballet --for a cost of only $20 per dancer or family. 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 seminar is followed at 8:00 with "DANCE Lansing Blues" -- a performance of dances celebrating the music and themes of The Blues, by local choreographers and dancers from Happendance Professional Company, Happendance 2, Greater Lansing Academy of Dance, and Lansing Community College. This 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: 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:
As Fall Term winds down, it's time to think about Holiday Term!

Fall term officially runs through November 2 -- but no classes will be held on Halloween.

Holiday Term will run November 3 through January 24, with Thanksgiving Break from Nov. 23 to 30, and December Holiday break from Dec. 22 through January 4. Whether re-enrolling, or looking to join a class as the new term starts, 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 cast of Happendance To Go Professionals -- Patricia Villaneuva, Deanne Rivera, Danielle Selby, Josh Smith -- and dancer extras are working hard, and soon you will officially launch the 2014-15 concert which the team performs in schools and educational settings. The concert theme this school year is "The Power of Words," and dances include "Simple Machine" and "Gabustle." The acclaimed 2013 book, Gabustle Makes my Body Hustle, is not only featured in the show, but a free copy will be given to the school for each show booked.

Click here to learn more about Happendance To Go -- performances of the 50-minute show and movement experiences led by outstanding Happendance teachers, to enhance the learning process for classroom groups. Book soon to claim your grant funds which can subsidize up to 2/3 of the cost of each show. For booking information, call the Happendance office at 517/333-3528.

Happendance 2 and Company Apprentices for 2014-15

This year's Happendance 2 members are Marie Adrian, Rose Albrecht, Lia Baldoni, Ginny Cainstraight, Ayla Foster-Fishman, Katrina Granger, Kaylee Henderson, Roja E. Mullins, Sophie Parks, Rachel Ramsay, Jennifer Ruth, Audrey Spitzfaden, Sarah Stone, Jared Thompson, Brenna Van Haren, Maija Weaver, Dalee Yang and Rebecca Yeomans-Stephenson.

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 hands-on experience in choroeography and concert production. Read more about Happendance 2.

Accepted for the Happendance Professional Company apprentice program were Lena Shuptar, Aiden Foster-Fishman and Abbie Smith. 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 historically have ranged from in and around Michigan to 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 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.

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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.