In 1995, Michigan Classic Ballet Company achieved honor status–the highest distinction granted–from Regional Dance America, a national association. The recognition was notable enough, but even more remarkably, the company was only six years old at the time. They took their newfound title to heart–since then, under the leadership of founder and artistic director Mary C. Geiger, Michigan Classic Ballet Company has produced lauded performances including The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, and Swan Lake. From welcoming acclaimed choreographers who produce original works to founding outreach programs for youth, the company lives out its mission to promote an appreciation of ballet in the community.
Dipson Theatres celebrates a reputation as a regional movie institution with a network of 9 locations lighting 46 silver screens across Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. Though the company now spreads across the northeast United States, it began in the small city of Batavia, NY, in 1939?a time when movies were called ?picture shows,? Roosevelt was in the White House, and everybody could only see in black and white. Today that tradition underlies the cinematic experience as patrons chomp popcorn and sip sodas, marveling at modern 3-D visual adventures, summer action movies, family-friendly features, or even indie art flicks and footage from world-renowned opera performances.
Each Defined trainer brings at least 10 years of exerciserly experience to every sweat-inducing session. Trainers focus on real-life strategies for weight loss and employ strength training, yoga, core training, kickboxing, and endurance work to achieve maximum minimizing results. Slip on your spandex for a quartet of group-training get-togethers, which offer customization comparable to individual training, with the added inspiration of two to five fellow conditioners. Lone bench-pressers can also opt to pursue hard-to-get strength solo with a perfectly toned wingman or wingwoman in a one-on-one personal-training session. Individualized attention ensures that participants of every body type, fitness goal, age, and ability can achieve results.
The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit's 13th annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival screens more than 40 Jewish-themed documentaries, family films, and feature-length dramas shot around the world. Moviegoers tired of searching for the buttery decoder ring at the base of their popcorn bucket can catch Shadows in Paradise, a documentary about Jewish artists, intellectuals, and authors exiled from Europe, or Seven Minutes in Heaven, an award-winning Israeli neo-noir thriller.
When she isn't busy choreographing routines for music videos on MTV, Annette Bergasse trains the next generation of aspiring dancers at her eponymous school. For 30-plus years, Annette and her fellow instructors—all recipients of top awards at national and regional competitions—have helped students hone techniques in both classic and popular styles. The studio's programs focus on everything from the tiptoed grace of ballet to the more loose-limbed moves of hip-hop.
As part of Annette's chorus and competition program, the school's most talented pupils even participate in dance competitions, workshops, and performances for local charities. Such intensive training has helped launch students into professional gigs in Hollywood films, on Broadway stages, and as inflatable tube men outside car dealerships.
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