3448 Hagadorn Rd., Okemos
Sat., April 12
Master Class 3:00 pm
Free Performance 5:00 pm
Happendance Studios are the place to be on the second Saturday of each month, September through April, offering both professionally-led workshops and unique studio performances. The season got off to a hot start with an end-of-summer salsa class and dance party on September 14. October 12 brought in Lansing legend, Randi-Kay Anthony, for a contemporary dance workshop, after which works from Community Dance Project were performed. On November 9 choreographer and filmmaker Kristi Faulkner brought a master class and a performance by her dance company. On December 14 the Happendance Professionals taught a partnering class and performed a sneak preview of January's "This is Happendance" concert. January 11 offered a performance of new works in progress danced by Happendance 2, following a Jazz Class in modern, popular and theatrical styles by Flint's Emma Davis. February 8 offered the annual Kids Fun Day, followed up with a performance by the professional Happendance To Go Team. March 8 offered a Zumba Class with Amanda Tollstam, followed by a performance of adjudicated works by top students from Happendance School, Happendance 2 pre-professional company, and Children's Ballet Theatre of Michigan. And now there is just one more monthly event in the current season:
April 12 - 3:00-4:30 p.m., Classic Modern Dance with a Contemporary Flair - a master class with Hope College Prof. Matt Farmer -- $20/participant. Farmer was formerly Head of Dance at Anderson University, as well as Co-Artistic Director of RusticGroove Dance Company. He has performed internationally, published Introductory Modern Dance: A Teaching Manual, and appeared in Dance Teacher and Dance magazines. His master class will be physically and mentally challenging, and include repertory from H2 Dance Company. Click here then scroll down to enroll and prepay now.
-- 5:00 p.m., Performance by H2 Dance Co., the semi-professional company affiliated with the Hope College Dance Department. H2's repertory spans all areas of dance, and the company impacts its audience through works that are vesatile, dynamic, engaging and inspiring. Suggested donation $5.
The performance will be followed by light refreshments.
3448 Hagadorn, Okemos
Winter Term Jan 27-March 29
Spring Term March 30-June 7
Spring Break April 7-13
As Winter Term draws to a close, Visiting Week will be held March 24-29. Spring Term will be March 30 through June 7, with Spring Break happening April 7 - 13. The school offers a full range of classes in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap and specialty offerings, for ages 3 to adult. A useful reference is Class grid, a one-page table showing the schedule, including class teachers, which you may download and print for reference. Click here then scroll down to enroll and prepay now.
Mark your calendar for Happendance School Spring Concerts, with three shows featuring various technique levels of students -- Fri., May 16, 7 pm (Advanced Level); Sat., May 17, 1 pm (Beginning Level); and Sun., May 18, 3 pm, Intermediate Level.
A flyer including the above dates and events, and much more school information, may be downloaded for printing here.
You are also welcome to call the office at 517/333-3528 to discuss class placement and enrollment, and to obtain other assistance and information.
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:
A Book - Emily Dickinson
Jabberwocky - Lewis Carroll
The Owl & the Pussycat - Edward Lear
When Young Melissa Sweeps - Nancy Byrd Turner
Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout - Shel Silverstein
My Shadow - Robert Louis Stevenson
Short selections from Ogden Nash
Chanson Innocente - e.e. cummings
The cast of Happendance To Go Professionals: Patricia Villaneuva, Danielle Selby, Deanne Rivera, Josh Smith, Thomas Bond and Sarah Dobson
Click here to learn more about Happendance To Go -- performances of the show described above, and movement experiences led by outstanding Happendance teachers, to enhance the learning process for classroom groups. For booking information, call the Happendance office at 517/333-3528.
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, EWmily 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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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.