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fatherdaughterThe Zone Dance Center, LLC. celebrated their 10th annual recital, presenting 140 dancing fathers with their daughters, ages 3-17.

For the last 10 years, The Zone Dance Center, LLC. has showcased the Father/Daughter performance in their annual recitals, becoming a major highlight, not only for the audience, but also for the father/ daughter performers. The performers also included grandfathers, uncles and cousins.

During the six-week session, instructed by the Zone staff, the performers have devoted their Sundays to learning dance terminology, retaining choreography and executing routines. In addition, the sessions have allowed, through dance, a formation of a brotherhood, celebrating fatherhood.

“It is very special to see the dads step out of their comfort zone to share a memorable moment with their daughters,” said Tammy Hawkins, owner/director of The Zone. “I am very blessed and humbled by the number of performers who committed to an amazing performance.”

The experience leaves fathers empowered to continue to be the great men in their daughters’ lives, and in addition develop a greater appreciation for dance. For their daughters, it creates a long-lasting memory of the shared bond in rehearsals and onstage. Together, The Zone fathers and daughters, perform and celebrated a love that is everlasting, a love that is essential to the growth of young girls and the community.

Belle Isle Aquarium Weathervane Design competition offers opportunity for creative Michiganders

Designers often hope for an opportunity to make a meaningful mark on history. Now they have a chance as the Belle Isle Aquarium celebrates a milestone — its 110th birthday. The Belle Isle Aquarium is hosting a Weathervane Design Competition, sponsored by the Butzel Long law firm. The contest began on Friday, August 1, and ends at midnight on Tuesday, August 29.

The winning entrant will receive a $500 prize. The weathervane design will adorn the Belle Isle Aquarium’s cupola. The design competition is open to U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age (a maximum of one entry per person). Entry forms can be downloaded at http://www.belleisleconservancy.org. Submissions will be reviewed by a five-person Belle Isle Aquarium weathervane jury for merit and feasibility. The winning designer will be notified by Friday, September 12. The winning design will be announced on Friday, September 19, during a private party at the Belle Isle Aquarium.

“Butzel Long’s ties to the Belle Isle Aquarium date back to 1899 when Leo Butzel’s cousin David Heineman introduced a bill to construct a combined aquarium and horticultural building at Belle Isle Park,” said Richard E. Rassel, chairman, Butzel Long. “This year, our firm is celebrating its 160th anniversary. This is one of many ways we are honoring our Detroit roots throughout the year.

“The Belle Isle Aquarium is a hidden gem in our community,” added Rassel. “At the time it opened in 1904, the Belle Isle Aquarium was the third largest public aquarium in the world. The winning entrant’s design is historic because the weathervane will be something that can be enjoyed by families today as well as by future generations.”

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