Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

If there’s one thing artists hate it’s thinking inside the box. But that’s not a problem for musicians from the Red Sea Pedestrians and Wellspring Cori Terry and Dancers. They’re reaching outside their comfort zones with their collaboration “Old World New,” which premieres Thursday through Sunday.

The Sheila Tully School of Irish Dance at a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chicago, 2007.
AP Images

The Quinn School of Irish Dance will perform this weekend at the Blackrock Medieval Festival at Olde World Village in Augusta. Erin Quinn opened the studio 12 years ago where Irish step dancing classes are held year-round. She says not many people realize the school is here or that it’s one of only four schools in Michigan that is certified to compete internationally by a dance commission in Ireland.

'Give and Take Away': A dance about relationships

Apr 15, 2013
Wellspring Corri Terry & Dancers

Wellspring: Cori Terry & Dancers will premiere their spring concert PULL. PULL features two dances the troupe performed in their fall concert PUSH, as well as two new pieces. Performances will be held at the Kalamazoo Epic Center’s Wellspring Theatre April 18-20 at 8 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m.

The Time Steppers tap dancing
Nancy Camden

“You don’t even realize you are exercising,” one dancer offered. Another said, “My balance is better. My flexibility is better.” Bob Husser feels that a lot of people would like to tap dance but they’re afraid to try.

So you think you know bellydance?

Sep 18, 2012
Joette Sawall teaching a class at West Michigan School of Middle Eastern Dance
Allison Friedman, WMUK

There’s only one studio that holds public belly dance classes in Grand Rapids, a city with a population of almost 190,000 people. Less than half as many people live in Kalamazoo, yet there are three belly dancing studios.