Mari has been dancing for 12 years, studying various dance methods from Cecchetti to Contemporary. She was classically trained at Timberlane Dance Studio where she earned her certificate of Advanced Level in the Cecchetti method.
Mari is currently a trainee at the Grand Rapids Ballet, where she studies ballet and contemporary.
Mari is also a choreographer and has choreographed dances for small studios, competitions, the Detroit Expo, churches, & solos.
Mari danced the part of Firebird under Ron De Jesus alongside the Detroit Medical Orchestra.
Mari lives in Grand Rapids, models for local photographers & loves exploring local coffee shops & crêperies.
Her goal is to eventually tour with a contemporary company or choreograph for companies & studios around the world.
Improv by Mari Beer to "Wild Is The Wind" by Cat Power, videography by Allison Mersereau.
PC: Ray Nard Imagemaker
PC: Ray Nard Imagemaker
PC: Allison Mersereau
Rachel describes discovering her love of art as a "happy accident". She has been "arting" for almost 4 years, specifically specializing in painting and drawing. She enjoys drawing the most & uses her favorite medium- conte crayons as well as micron pens.
Rachel discovered talent that she didn't realize she had when she took an art appreciation class at her local community college. From there she went on to take a water color class, a basic drawing class and a life drawing class which led her to pursuing a minor in art at Hope College. She has recently discovered her love of calligraphy and sells custom water color & calligraphy prints. Rachel has a genuine love for life, plants, being outside, and her cat. Running on Jesus & avocado toast, Rachel is pursuing her major in social work & dabbles in art in her free time. Check back for updates on her upcoming Etsy account or check out her Instagram account:
Acrylic on Canvas - Rachel Mersereau - Spring 2016
Conte Crayon on Paper - Rachel Mersereau - Fall 2016
Oil on Canvas - Rachel Mersereau - Summer 2017
Watercolor on Paper - Rachel Mersereau - Summer 2017
by Riley Q
Stevie Wonder The Temptations Aretha Franklin
Diana Ross Marvin Gaye Martha & The Vandellas
Mary Wells The Supremes The Jackson 5
NFMike Posner Fleurie Bob Seger Madonna
Kid Rock Smokey Robinson Josh Gracin Eminem Alice Cooper
If you live in Michigan & have an appreciation for music you most likely know that all of these artists are either from Michigan or were produced here at one point. We look at these names- nostalgia rises from the lettering- some of these artists bring about memories of the good days. days from when we were younger. For some they bring memories from when we were anxious for the next release, memories of a frightening culture shock, memories of dancing & a shift in traditional household roles. For others we are awakened by memories of our parents & grandparents listening to the artists. We would dance around and watch with big eyes as our parent's faces would come alive with memories of better times - stories & nostalgia wafting. So often we hear, "what a classic".
Detroit has been shaped and directed and controlled by many elements throughout its existence. Many of these things aren't good, morally, or for our image as a city. Many things bring about tragic memories of worse times- disgusting times in our state's history. But of all of these things, music is the one thing that has never stopped actively changing, evolving, and moving forward in a positive light. We've had our slow moments, our failures, & our set backs- but Detroit artists- Michigan artists- we have a real, raw, creative element that is breathtaking & inspirational beyond all measure. I cannot say that I approve of or even like a lot of music that has come out of Detroit- but man, it's got soul, power, & a story.
Detroit has long been a city that is filled with entertainment & music- but it really came alive in 1959 when Berry Gordy started Mowtown Records. It reshaped Detroit's music scene, producing chart topping artists like The Jackson 5, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, & The Supremes- just to name a few. That reinvention of music culture right there paved the way for musicians all over Michigan to come up with fresh, new ideas, & produce them right in their own backyard. Their dreams weren't so far away anymore.- not so out of reach. Later on down the line, Michigan released artists such as the great Madonna, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, and so on. More recently we have released into the industry, Mike Posner, Eminem, Kid Rock, & up and coming, NF & Fleurie. All of these artists, although all from different time periods, cities, & genres, have one thing in common: they're all from Michigan.
The Detroit Project is working hard to bring together artists all across the state of Michigan. We want to reinvent how music is made and done in Detroit. Let's stand up together as musicians to refine and reunite Detroit's music business & show the world that Michigan has what it takes & that Detroit is on the uprise, from music, to business, to culture reform.
As artists we have the power in creativity and numbers- will you join us?
Submit your work today & become a part of the Detroit Project.
One day your song could be the one that we shake our heads at & look back and say:
"what a classic".