WHO WE ARE
Mission- Eisenhower Dance Detroit is a professional dance repertory company. Through performances, education, and community engagement, Eisenhower Dance Detroit will deepen the understanding and appreciation of contemporary dance regionally, nationally, and internationally.
"Stunning" - 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 Israel, 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 DanceProject and many others.
Eisenhower Dance Detroit
Established in 1991 in metropolitan Detroit by Founding Artistic Director, Laurie Eisenhower, EDD has a mission to be “a professional repertory company that, through outstanding performances and educational services, strives to deepen the understanding and appreciation of contemporary dance regionally, nationally, and internationally.” For the past 28 years, EDD has commissioned repertory from a wide variety of internationally known choreographers and performed the highly acclaimed work of its founder. Last year, Eisenhower Dance began a new chapter as Ms. Eisenhower retired and long-time Assistant Artistic Director, Stephanie Pizzo, took over the helm as Artistic Director. Ms. Pizzo continues to expand the company's innovative style and artistic vision while still honoring the legacy of Eisenhower Dance's founder.
Eisenhower Dance Detroit presents an annual local subscription series and tours nationally and 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. In addition, EDD’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. The company has also produced several evening-length touring productions including “Motown in Motion,” a visual salute to the tunes that made the Motor City famous; “The Rite of Spring” set to Igor Stravinsky’s iconic score; and “The Light Show” which pairs four choreographers with four lighting designers for a visually stunning evening of dance.
The School of Eisenhower Dance Detroit
As a non-profit arts organization with a mission that also focuses on community outreach and education programs, EDD opened the doors to the Eisenhower Dance Center in September of 1995 to serve as a base for those operations. The School of Eisenhower Dance Detroit now includes facilities in Rochester and Birmingham, Michigan, that offer classes for both the pre-professional and recreational dancer. A satellite program is also offered at the Detroit Country Day School.
EDD sets itself apart from other dance schools by offering classes taught by former and current professional dancers along with a staff of highly skilled instructors with degrees in dance or equivalent professional experience. The School of EDD aims to foster the appreciation of dance as an art form by providing the highest quality instruction to students of any age. With anatomically sound training and a focus on artistry rather than competition, EDD stands out as the premier dance training facility in the Detroit Metro area. Classes emphasize the student’s creative, artistic, and technical development taught in a positive and nurturing atmosphere. The School offers classes in a variety of dance styles appropriate for all levels and ages from preschool to adults. To learn more about the Schools of Eisenhower Dance Detroit, click here.