Laker Life Briefs 11/5/18

Amy McNeel

Dance Marathon Team honored for LakerThon

Each year, the Grand Valley State University Dance Marathon team hosts “LakerThon,” an event that consists of 12 hours of dancing, food and games. All proceeds from the event go to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. 

Last year, the Dance Marathon team raised over 30,000 dollars, and all proceeds from the event went to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. 

Due to their success, the team was recently invited to attend the Spectrum Health’s Celebration of Philanthropy Night. Here, the team was honored by Spectrum Health and rewarded for their hard work. 

Registration and donations for the 2019 LakerThon is now open. The 2019 LakerThon is taking place Saturday, March 30 at the Fieldhouse Arena. 

LGBT Resource Center to host pop-up shop

This Saturday, Nov. 10 the LGBT Resource Center is holding a free pop-up clothing shop for the transgender and genderqueer community at DeVos Center 122E in Downtown Grand Rapids. 

According to the event page, the “Wear the Rainbow” event provides a space for the trans and queer community to access clothing items and skills that celebrate and affirm their authentic selves.  

People of all gender expressions are welcome to attend the event, and clothing of all styles and sizes will be available. 

Dance Audition Day at GVSU

Friday, Nov. 9 is a Dance Audition Day for Grand Valley State University students interested in pursuing a major or minor in dance in the department of music, theatre and dance. 

The auditions will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m at the Haas Center for Performing Arts. The day will consist of auditions for Ballet Technique and Modern Technique.

Women interested in auditioning for ballet should wear a black leotard, pink tights and soft ballet shoes, while men should wear black tights, a white fitted dance shirt and ballet shoes. 

Women interested in auditioning for modern should wear a dark, solid color leotard with tights and bare feet, while men should wear black tights, a white fitted dance shirt and bare feet. 

More information on the schedule is available at 

GV Opera Theatre to present Masquerade 

The Grand Valley State University Opera Theatre is presenting Masquerade on Friday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 11. The performance is taking place at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre in Grand Rapids. 

Masquerade will feature the Grand Rapids Ballet School Junior Company, the GVSU Early Music Ensemble and the GVSU Opera Theatre. Tickets for the event are now available at the Grand Rapids Ballet Box Office or on Ticketmaster. 

The shows on Friday and Saturday are taking place at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday production is taking place at 2 p.m.