The COVID-19 pandemic has forced small businesses to close all across the state and people are being told to stay home. This has put a stop to sports practice times and seasons for professional and young athletes. But one dance studio found a way to continue keeping its students active while stuck at home. Dance City West in Lansing was in the middle of its competition season with recital quickly approaching in May. When Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered all non-essential businesses to close, the studio locked its doors.
Megan Villasurda, 26, had a longtime dream of opening up her own dance store but realized the community already had Bottoms Up as their go-to dance supply store. “I really wanted to do this for like five years,” Villasurda said. “but I did not want to compete with them because they had all the contacts and over 40 years of business.”
When Bottoms Up closed in May, she was encouraged by her friend and boss to make her dream a reality so in August, Villasurda opened her store at 2395 Jolly Road. “I gave her a call when I heard Bottoms Up was closing and said, ‘this is your sign,’” said Kick It Out Dance Studio owner, Denise Krumm. Villasurda had been teaching at Kick It Out Dance Studio for six years.
Arguably one of the most cultured and graceful forms of athleticism is the art of ballet. It is a highly competitive field of dance, famous for both its beauty and tremendous rigors. It takes years of training to become proficient, and even then one’s longevity in a career as a dancer is not ensured. This form of dance can be intimidating to an outsider, and many who appreciate the art resign themselves to watching masterful companies from places like St. Petersburg and New York perform, rather than try it themselves.
ST. JOHNS — Heather’s Dance Company is an institution that sets itself apart from the rest when it comes to representing themselves. This company at 221 N. Clinton Ave. is Christian-based with the motto “Praise God through dance,” always making sure to represent God in the most pleasing way. “Dance can create community through shared experience, whether it be in the classroom or in a more public environment.
By Erin Eschels
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
Hundreds of elementary aged girls and their dads showed up at Haslett Middle School for this year’s Daddy Daughter Dance on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Though typically a Valentine’s themed event, this year’s theme was “Enchanted Evening Princess,” which allowed the girls to wear their ball gowns and tiaras. Fathers and daughters said the dance was set up very efficiently, more so than in previous years. “This one is a little bit better because it’s less chaotic.