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Today in Lansing: Kick It Out Dance Studio open house


5 to 7 p.m.

Kick It Out Dance Studio

1760 E. Grand River Ave. Suite A, East Lansing

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Looking to shore up those muscles while having fun? Tour the expansion of the Kick It Out Dance Studio and sign up for classes in dance and fitness.

Husband and wife team Jody and Denise Krumm started the business in 2012, after touring Lansing area dance studios and wanting an alternative for their daughter.

With over 42 years working in professional dance, Denise said that opening a studio was a way to make a living off her life’s pursuit.

“In my heart and soul, I feel like dance builds confidence, teaches you to work in a team and builds friendships that last a lifetime,” said Denise.

Hosting competitive dance for children and adults, fitness classes, jazz dance classes and more, Kick It Out’s numbers steadily grew each year, until they outgrew their boundaries, said Denise.

“We needed to expand, because we kept growing,” said Denise. “I had 15 students, then 38 students, then hit the 70 mark, then 100 dance students.”

Fitness classes grew as well, accounting for another 60 students, said Denise.

The event will feature a meet and greet atmosphere with instructors, a tour of the studio and a chance to sign up for classes.

There will also be a chance to win prizes like discounts off dance tuition, $10 gift certificates to Kick It Out and a recital costume.

Denise said it is important for dance to be accessible to all children. “With our studio, we don't have auditions, we have evaluations,” said Denise. “You always will get put on a team.”

One of the more unique programs the studio offers is Pound, said Jody Krumm, office manager at Kick It Out Dance Studio.

“It is a break away from the Zumba movement with music more rock ‘n’ roll, like Rage Against the Machine.”

Pound involves holding two drumsticks where participants play along with the beat in different positions to get a work out.

“We see a lot of mother, daughter and father, son pairs with Pound,” said Jody.

Working as a husband and wife team has its challenges, said Jody. “The interesting thing is a lot of times we butt heads, due to our positions, but are able to work things out a lot easier than any other owner and office manager would have.”

Though it has its moments, Denise said, she loves working with her husband.

“This is my life and fortunately Jody affords me the opportunity to do that.”

Other events in Lansing:

Complimentary Community Yoga

6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Dr., East Lansing

Connected by Spirits Cocktail Study 26: Midtown Brewing Co.

7 to 9 p.m., Midtown Brewing Company, 402 S. Washington Sq.

Happy Hour with Senator Hertel

5 to 6 p.m., Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern, 1200 N. Larch St.


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