The Elite Dance Company is committed to instilling a passion for dance education in all of their students. The EDC strives to provide quality dance education ensuring each dancer has an enjoyable and memorable experience, along with promoting a positive self-image, sense of accomplishment, expression of creativity and appreciation for the art of dance. It is the goal of their instructors to motivate and challenge their students and to encourage them to strive for individual excellence. They hope each of our dancer’s experience helps them learn and grow, creating memories for a lifetime.
Hours: 2:30–9:30 PM
Premier Dance Company is one of Greater Lansing Area’s premier dance studios. They offer both recreational dance classes as well as competition level classes. The studio prides itself on its ability to bring exemplary instruction to its students, as well as providing first-class dance education.
The PDC partners with the Greater Lansing Academy of Dance to provide ballet instruction. Other classes include: Creative Movement, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop.
For more information, call (517)709-8074
The Commons is a beautifully landscaped area nestled between the historic Grand Ledge Opera House and the Grand River. This setting provides a picturesque showcase for the unique metal sculpture, “All Things”, created by the nationally recognized sculptor and West Michigan native, Johnny Blue. All Things was donated to the Opera House in 2005 by students at the local art cooperative, Ledge Craft Lane. The art students produced and sold a book of recipes and original paintings earning $10,000 to purchase the sculpture and promote art in Grand Ledge.
Throughout the centuries, art and music have served as a reflection of our culture. In early 2014, the City of Grand Ledge Downtown Development Authority (DDA) purchased 4 metal sculptures created by Michigan artist, Robert Barnum that link the synergy between music and art. The DDA and the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce held a contest to name the sculptures and by mid-2014, the newly named, “Bridge Street Four” were placed prominently within Bridge Street Plaza. The Bridge Street Four mix well with the multitude of events held at Bridge Street Plaza, including; Concerts in the Park, Grand Ledge Farmer’s Market, and Movies in the Park.
In 2004, artist Tony Hendrick invited the community to aid in the design and painting of a mural depicting highlights in the City of Grand Ledge, both past and present. The end result is a colorful 58 x 26-foot true work of art affixed to the side of the City’s former 1855 Fire Hall. Here, the mural is proudly displayed above Fitzgerald Field and is easily viewed from the City’s Riverwalk Trail connecting Island Park and Jaycee Park, as well as from Bridge Street that spans across the Grand River.
The mural was funded with a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the City of Grand Ledge.
“The Ledges” sculpture depicts the awe-inspiring and unique sandstone ledges that occur naturally in Grand Ledge. Installed in 2015, The Ledges sculpture stands nearly 18-feet tall and is 9-feet wide. The climber affixed to the side of the sculpture recognizes the residents and visitors that frequent nearby Oak Park to admire and climb the ledges.
Located at Riverfront Park, The Ledges sculpture is centrally located in downtown Grand Ledge overlooking the Grand River. The Ledges serves as a reminder of the many beautiful parks and unique recreational opportunities available within Grand Ledge.
The Ledges was funded through a partnership with the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and the City of Grand Ledge.
The Ledges Playhouse is a historic barn theatre, located inside the unique and picturesque Fitzgerald Park. In 1895, Spiritualists utilized local carpenter John Rosenberger to build a large pavilion to hold lectures and séances (attempts to communicate with spirits). Beginning in 1910, Free Methodists used the facility to hold their summer meetings. In 1919, the City of Grand Ledge bought the property now known as Fitzgerald Park and used the pavilion for a skating rink, dance hall, and community meeting place. Under the guidance of Dr. Gordon Horrod, renovations began in 1955 to create a summer theatre with the building of a stage and utilizing seating from the old Capital Theatre in downtown Lansing. In 1956, Ledges Playhouse was born. Currently operated by Over the Ledge Theatre Company, patrons enter Fitzgerald Park to access Ledges Playhouse finding an unforgettable experience both inside and out.
Constructed in 1884 as a roller skating rink, the downtown building was purchased by Peter Blake and opened as Blake’s Opera House in 1886. Here, audiences enjoyed talent shows, vaudeville (burlesque, comedy, song, dance), silent movies, and athletic contests. Between 1928 and 1984, the Stephens and Mapes families used the building as a furniture store. The Mapes family donated the building and property to the Grand Ledge Historical Society. After careful restoration supported by public and private funding, the Opera House was reborn in 1993. Soon after, the Michigan Theater in Lansing donated their Barton Pipe Organ to add another unique offering to the Opera House. Today the Opera House provides a distinctive setting for weddings, concerts, and events of all kinds held either inside the historic building or outside on The Commons, a beautifully manicured lawn overlooking the Grand River.
The Lansing Community College Department of Theatre provides students with hands-on learning opportunities by hosting a variety of performances. Theatre majors are part of an ensemble, taking classes with the same group of students for two years with a focus on Stanislavski’s system of acting. Supplemental courses in stage combat, makeup, theatre history, auditioning and acting for the camera are offered.
The LCC Department of Theatre utilizes both the Dart Auditorium and the Black Box Theatre for their performances. Each semester culminates in a performance at the Black Box Theatre, which provides an intimate experience between cast and audience. This contrasts with the Dart, which can seat up to 480 people, and hosts numerous performing arts events, guest speakers, and civic activities throughout the year.
The LCC Department of Theatre provides the community affordable theatre performances, as the majority are free or reasonably priced.
For more information about current productions go to http://www.lcc.edu/cma/events/ or call (517) 483-1488.
The MSU Department of Theatre is committed to teaching and producing at the cutting edge of theatre today, while preserving and perpetuating theatrical traditions. Increasingly, mediated theatre involving integrated media and video production and computer generated imagery complements traditional and industry standard stagecraft and design.
It is the intent of the MSU Department of Theatre to provoke and sustain interest in the theatre as a source of truth and insight into the human condition and to present new plays that reflect the present condition of society Students and faculty present a series of main stage and student productions annually, ranging from the classics to contemporary fare and including musicals and repertory dance concerts.
Affordable ticket prices and exciting new talent of student actors, dancers, designers and technicians make this a must-see attraction. The MSU department of theatre’s performances take place in two different buildings on the MSU campus: the Wharton Center’s Pasant theatre and the MSU Auditorium building and its many theatre spaces.
Visit www.theatre.msu.edu for shows, dates and locations.