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‘DANCE Lansing’ offers free family fun

‘DANCE Lansing’ offers free family fun
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By Haneen Hammad
Staff Writer

For the final show of its Summer Stage Under the Stars 2017 lineup, LCC is hosting “DANCE Lansing.”

The free event invites students and families to enjoy the program from Tuesday, July 25, through Friday, July 29, in Dart Auditorium. Each show starts at 7 p.m. and will run between 90 minutes and two hours.

“DANCE Lansing” is a collaboration between multiple partners such as Happendance and LCC Performing Arts. It also includes performers from the Everett High School Dance Program, Fusion Dance Center, Greater Lansing Academy of Dance, MICA Gallery, Michigan State University Department of Theatre and MSU Orchesis.

The event includes four nights of new dances, giving local dancers and performers a chance to show off their skills. It also gives audiences an enriching experience on modern and contemporary dance.

Lauren Mudry, the assistant director and choreographer for DANCE Lansing, is also a performer in the show.

“As a faculty member in the dance department for Lansing Community College, it’s not only a fantastic opportunity to choreograph, but to dance on the very stage I danced on as an LCC student,” Mudry said.

“Performing is the best feeling in the world. Being a part of the creative process and expressing someone’s message is truly an honor. As a professional dancer in the area, DANCE Lansing offers me the opportunity to keep performing.”

LCC Interim Performing Arts Producer Paige Tufford said she loves the free programs that LCC offers during the summer.

“Students put in a great deal of time rehearsing and preparing for their shows,” Tufford said. “Music, dance and theater students practice anywhere from six to eight weeks for productions.”

Tufford said she feels great about hosting these performances and bringing the community together.

“Finding summer entertainment that’s fun and affordable can be a challenge, so the LCC Performing Arts Department prides itself on bringing top-notch performances by students,” Tufford said.

Chelle Peterson, costume designer for LCC, said she is looking forward to seeing the amazing talent the community will display during DANCE Lansing.

“I appreciate that LCC’s summer productions give the opportunity for actors in the area to explore their abilities and expose the new actors to a step higher level in professionalism than what they may have done previously,” Peterson said.

“I also love that they are free to the public, so anyone has the opportunity to enjoy these performances.”

Free parking for “DANCE Lansing” is available in the Gannon Ramp on Grand Avenue, as well as on the streets around campus.

For more information, or dates for future LCC performing arts events, visit http://www.lcc.edu/cma/events/

 

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