SwingShift and the Stars Challenge!

Michael’s Place Chosen for SwingShift and the Stars Challenge!



Join us for the Dance-Off and Lip Sync battle events and help us reach our $54,000 goal!



Friday, October 19th: Dance Performance, with Star Dancer Ellyn Tarrant and Instructor, Ed Blackburn!

Friday, December 14th: Lip Sync Battle, featuring Star Performer Angela DiLorenzo

Both events start at 7:00pm and will be held at the City Opera House.


Contact Michael’s Place  with questions or to purchase tickets at (231) 947-6453 or events@mymichaelsplace.net



Ellyn Tarrant is a former writer and editor for Traverse Magazine who left her position after giving birth to triplets. She’s now a “career mom” to her 14 children, who she calls the best work she’s ever done. Her story of many blessings took an unexpected turn three years ago when she lost her 19-year-old daughter Keegan to depression and suicide. Since then she has expanded her focus to oversee The Keegan Mission Project, a scholarship fund to help students experience mission work. I am excited to be participating in SwingShift and the Stars because I have experienced first hand what a lifeline Michael’s Place can be for grieving adults, children and families in our community. This organization deserves nothing less than a standing ovation for the kindness, support and healing they offer free of charge, and I’m happy to kick up my heels to give back just a little of the love they’ve shown my family.


Ed Blackburn has been dancing since he was in high school. He starting dancing as an instructor with SwingShift and the Stars back when it was created, again in season 3, and just last year he danced for Michael's Place! He believes dance is a universal language and it is very much a part of his family!


Bio to come!

Charity Champion

Clark Manufacturing in Traverse City was founded by entrepreneur Gary Clark in 1975 as a small tool and die machine shop. For over 40 years it has served the Northern Michigan growing manufacturing base, and as their reputation of quality service spread it became a dependable source for these businesses, and other Midwest businesses too. Today Clark employs over 100 team members with high precision machining capabilities to serve the aerospace, medical, energy, agricultural, construction, and industrial industries around the world.


If you cannot attend, or would like to provide additional financial support in order to help us meet our goal, donate today!


All proceeds for these events directly support Michael’s Place in providing no-cost grief support services to children, teens, adults, and the community.




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