Dunn Mr. Robert Howard Dunn, retired GRPD sergeant, age 82, of Belmont passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Bob is survived by his loving wife, JoAnn; children, Robert Dunn, Bonnie and Dave Smith, Donna and Mark Ecklesdafer, Michelle and David Dohm, and Kimberly and Bob Doran; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. The service for Mr. Dunn was Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Rhythm Dance Center (RDC), located in Belmont Michigan, is holding open auditions for the upcoming competitive dance season on Saturday, May 19. This is the first time since opening over six years ago that RDC is inviting experienced dancers from outside the studio to audition for a roster spot. “This is an open invitation to dancers in our surrounding area that are looking to join an education-based dance company,” commented owner, Jen Hanes. “We already have a successful team structure and a core of exceptional talent which we’ve developed with an invitation-only approach. Now, we’ve reached a point in our growth trajectory where we’d love to open our doors, and arms, to welcome motivated dancers into the unique atmosphere we offer at Rhythm.” What sets RDC apart from other dance studios is the focus on education with a foundational emphasis on strong dance technique. This is very carefully balanced with creative choreography – a philosophy that has been noticed by several judges during the current competition season. “Judges have provided written feedback, applauding our dancers for being very well-rounded and executing skills across a variety of dance styles,” Hanes said. “We are absolutely committed to providing performance and stage time to our competitive team dancers but we are also dedicated to developing skills that will carry them further – to the collegiate level and beyond. Our environment is carefully crafted to instill positive self-esteem and develop internal strength during these crucial, formative years in a dancer’s young life.” Hanes knows of which she speaks, having spent the last 26 years of her life pursuing dance. She has a BA Degree in Dance from Western Michigan University and performed professionally with various dance companies in Chicago for more than seven years. She has been instructing for 16 years. Dancers wishing to audition simply need to visit the studio, located at 2350 Belmont Center Drive, Suite 500, and complete an application by Wednesday, May 16. The audition schedule will be posted and there is no need to prepare ahead of time. Dancers will be taught combinations and will then execute in small groups for a panel of judges. Additional information is available by calling the studio at 365-9970. RDC is committed to excellence in offering contemporary dance styles […]
Hope College, located in Holland, Mich., is pleased to announce its Dean’s List for the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Among those listed are Rockford students: senior Alyssa Brillinger, freshman Sloan Ouellette, junior Megan Kelley, freshman Taylor Rummel, sophomore Lauren Girard, freshman Kaitlin Cress, junior Patrick Malley, senior Rachel Doud, sophomore Peyton Wells, sophomore Katie Carlson, senior Lisa Markham, senior Karli Rowe and freshman Paige Fawcett. Other local students listed are junior Bennett Riddering of Belmont, senior Amy Veltkamp of Cedar Springs, and senior Rachel Jantz of Sparta. Hope College is a four-year, co-educational, liberal arts college with an enrollment of 3,249 men and women and is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America.