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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.

1320 Baldwin Ave
Ann Arbor,
MI
US

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.

1100 N Main St
Ann Arbor,
MI
US

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.

See how Groupon helps you discover local causes and lend a helping hand at the Groupon Grassroots blog.

Unknown
Ann Arbor,
MI
US

Signature service: Social

Established: 2003

Reservations/Appointments: Required

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).

4261 Park Road
Ann Arbor,
MI
US

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.

220 S Main St
Ann Arbor,
MI
US

Charis Kirk and Jackie Zimmerman—two young women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—met online after they started chronicling their fight with IBD. They have had 15 surgeries combined and fought through the highs and lows of recovery. Throughout their journeys, the duo supported each other and was inspired to encourage other girls and young women with IBD to be confident and proud, regardless of what's happening with their disease. The Girls With Guts website serves as an online community where women can share their stories about explaining the disease to friends or being pregnant with an ostomy bag, among others.

27509 Long
Livonia,
Michigan
US