Praised by critics as one of the nation’s premier contemporary dance companies, Eisenhower Dance has received overwhelming critical acclaim along with enthusiastic audience support:
Gloria Shay, Holland Sentinel
“An eye-popping production”
David Lyman, Detroit Free Press
“A hearty, no-nonsense way of moving"
Jack Anderson, The New York Times.
The company’s concert schedule has included tours across the United States, as well as Europe and Russia. Eisenhower Dance has received numerous grants and awards for its work including support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kresge Foundation, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Knight Foundation, the National Dance Project and many others.
Eisenhower Dance has spent the last 25 years giving life to the repertoire of internationally known choreographers, as well as the highly acclaimed work of Artistic Director Laurie Eisenhower. Established in metro Detroit by Eisenhower in 1991, the Company presents an annual subscription series and tours internationally. The company has performed works by choreographers Edgar Zendejas, David Parsons, Lar Lubovitch, Ron de Jesus, Gina Patterson, Lauren Edson and Harrison McEldowney, to name a few. The Company’s mission of collaboration has resulted in performances with the Michigan Opera Theatre, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Warren Symphony, the Immigrant Suns, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, the Rackham Symphony Choir, the Motor City Lyric Opera and the Toledo Opera, among others.
In 2003, Laurie Eisenhower received the prestigious Artserve Michigan Governor’s Award for Arts and Culture – Michigan Artist, and in 2012 was named a Kresge Arts Fellow for her dedication to bringing great dance to Detroit.
Eisenhower Dance has produced several full-evening length touring productions. These include Motown in Motion, a visual salute to the tunes that made Motown Records famous; The Rite of Spring set to Igor Stravinsky’s iconic score ; and the Company’s newest production, The Light Show, which pairs four choreographers with four lighting designers for a visually stunning evening of dance.
In September of 1995, Eisenhower Dance opened the doors to the Eisenhower Dance Center to serve as a home-base for the Company and to house its educational programs. The Centers now include two schools in Rochester and Birmingham, MI, which offer classes for both the pre-professional and recreational dancer. To learn more about the Centers click here.
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