After mastering traditional group fitness classes such as cardio kickboxing and Zumba, instructor Sandy Pierani hungered for more rhythm. To fan her passion, she spearheaded her own program, channeling both her years of dance experience and her love of West African music. Her five-part workout engages the entire body, set to the lively beats of a world-dance medley. She produced original music, recording percussive tracks with West African, West Indian, and Latin influences, specifically designed to complement dance moves while discouraging sloth impressions. Today, she leads guests of all backgrounds and builds through her energized maneuvers, fusing strength training, cardio conditioning, and stretching into one-hour bouts of boogying. She modifies the steps according to each student's comfort level, leading them through the dynamic warm-up to the breath-centric cooldown at their preferred pace.
Protecting Michigan’s farms supports the state’s second-largest industry, while simultaneously ensuring a steady supply of local fare and the safety of flourishing wildlife habitats. The conservancy plans to host an educational farmland-preservation workshop to educate local farmers about the future preservation of their land. At the workshop, an expert from Michigan State University will teach farmers specific techniques to prevent urban sprawl from forcing them to relinquish their farming operations, including land donation, deed restrictions, and conservation agreements that require future owners to preserve the land’s unique characteristics.
In 2009, a group of University of Michigan students decided to give back to the community in appreciation for the scholarships they had received. They founded Appreciate + Reciprocate (A+R) to raise money for the LSA Emergency Scholarship Fund, which provides aid for undergrads facing an unforeseen financial hardship. Dedicated to the notion that finances shouldn’t pose a barrier to education, A+R raises money through bake sales, postgame cleanups, and benefit concerts to help students pay for textbooks or their rent. The organization also sponsors volunteer activities at a tutoring center, a residential home for the elderly, and local parks to help students make a positive impact on the community.
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Signature service: Social
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Pro Tip: Through the Adult Day Program, we provide stimulation, education, socialization, and exercise (rehabilitation).
At Dance Revolution, the studio thumps to life as instructors lead groups through energized lessons. Most evenings revolve around the moves of salsa, but open-dance sessions present the perfect opportunities for extra practice. Rather than sashaying with mannequins at crowded department stores, students can show off all their new moves at Dance Revolution’s dance parties.
Grand Ledge Acupuncture’s licensed chi-finagler, Barbara Brouwer, wields extensive training in Oriental medicine and a set of thin, sterile needles to treat patients for a slew of maladies, including stress, joint stiffness, and chronic pain. In an initial consultation, she asks clients questions about their health history to suss out the root cause of their complaint, whether it be blocked energy pathways or a charley horse taking out timeshares in their left bicep. After constructing a personalized course of action, the experienced needle negotiator pricks extremely thin needles just under the client’s skin at predetermined points in an attempt to stimulate energy flow and unearth repressed memories of their past lives as porcupines. As spiny patients relax and recline, Brouwer targets a needle-free trouble area for a 15-minute massage that complements the effects of the acupuncture treatment.