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The Lookout | March 9, 2021

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Happendance brings magic to LCC

Happendance brings magic to LCC
The Lookout

By Hannah Anderson
A & E Editor

Including anything from ballet twirls to hip hop moves, the students at Happendance put on a collected works recital at Dart Auditorium March 10 through 12.

Happendance is an Okemos-based dance company that offers classes and recitals for children all the way up to college level.

There were a variety of performances and grade levels, from high schoolers dancing solo to groups of smaller kids dancing in brightly colored tutus.

Sydney Lettau, a high school performer at Happendance, said the recital went well.

“I think we had a pretty good turnout, and everyone seemed to like it,” Lettau said.

Missy Lilje, the executive director for Happendance, said the loose theme of all the recitals is to showcase the students.

“It’s always to celebrate the kids and all of their hard work,” Lilje said. “I wish I could make it sound as magical as it really is – to watch a kid who started when they were 5 or 6 and now they’re a senior in high school and they’re going to go major in dance.”

Lilje, who has her own child in a Happendance program, said the community is very close.

“This company has really grown and evolved to a place for kids to find a sense of family and a sense of community, and to try as hard as they can as long as they’re there … and to express themselves,” Lilje said.

Lettau agreed.

“My favorite part is probably being with my friends, because we usually spend a ton of hours a week together dancing and practicing for this (recital),” Lettau said.

Overall, Lilje called the performances magical. She mentioned Dart is a fun venue to work at.

For anyone who missed the performance, Lettau added there will be a show in June for high schoolers, which they choreograph themselves.

For more information about Happendance, call (517) 333-3528 or go to