Community Events


Recent & Upcoming Events:


Dancing With Missouri Stars 2024

Thursday, May 16th 5:45 pm

Brewer Field House – Mizzou Rec

It’s another all-star season for Mareck Center for Dance’s 16th annual Dancing with Missouri Stars. This year’s contestants for the annual fundraiser and flagship event are a line-up of local celebrities who have been chosen by public nominations and recommendations from the board and community.

Competing for the 2024 title are Dr. Melissa Boldan, Adonica Coleman, Billy Dexheimer, Austin Ilsley, Jentry Mills, Mike Schooley, Ryan Stevens and Brian Wear. Each contestant pairs with a professional dancer from Mareck and trains before the competition.

Contestants raise money for Mareck before the glamorous event by typically hosting one to two events of their own with all proceeds benefiting the nonprofit organization. Yet, whoever gets the most votes – one dollar equals one vote- takes home the title. Audience members continue to vote throughout the night for their favorite dance pairs, keeping the stakes high all night.

Dancing with Missouri Stars 2024 is expecting 500-600 individuals in attedaence with the combination of sponsorship tables and general admission tickets. Attendees come dressed to impress with the red carpet rolled out for them. All types of dance routines can be expected by celebrities and their partners.



Osher Potpouri Arts Session

Friday, September 22nd 9:30-11am

Moss Building, 1905 Hillcrest Dr, Columbia, MO 65201

In a class led by Artistic Director Karen Mareck Grundy and Rehearsal Director Sophia Meyers, participants embark on an immersive journey into the world of Mareck Dance, gaining profound insights into the life of professional dancers. Under the guidance of Grundy, the founder of Mareck Dance, the class delves deep into technique, artistry, and the physical demands of the profession. Participants experience a condensed version of a dancer’s daily routine, engaging in rigorous warm-ups and meticulously refining choreography. Grundy will share invaluable insights into the multifaceted nature of choreographic creativity and the diverse approaches that can shape its artistic expression. As a captivating culmination, participants are treated to an excerpt from one of Mareck Dance’s current pieces, where the seamless movements of the dancers leave them spellbound. Through this extraordinary class, led by the visionary Artistic Director Karen Mareck Grundy, students not only acquire technical and artistic understanding but also develop a profound appreciation for the passion and discipline that define every awe-inspiring Mareck Dance performance. The class will culminate with an engaging Q&A session, providing participants with a unique opportunity to interact with members of the esteemed Mareck Dance company.


First Friday Collab with Mareck Dance and Kate Gray

Friday, October 6th 6pm-9pm

Orr Street Studios,106 Orr St, Columbia, MO 65201

Join Us for First Friday in the North Village Arts District: Experience Kate Gray’s Art Installation with Dance Performances by Mareck Dance and Live Music by Ruth Acuff



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