Eisenhower Dance Center
The Eisenhower Dance Center (EDC), under the umbrella of Eisenhower Dance (E/D), the nationally-touring professional company, is a non-profit organization whose mission includes community outreach and education programs. The EDC aims to foster the appreciation of dance as an art form by providing the highest quality instruction to students of any age. The EDC sets itself apart from other dance schools by offering classes taught by former and current professional dancers, along with a staff of highly skilled, degreed instructors. With anatomically sound training and a focus on artistry rather than competition, the EDC stands out as the premier dance facility in the Detroit Metro area. Classes emphasize the student’s creative, artistic and technical development, taught in a positive and nurturing atmosphere. We offer classes in many styles appropriate for all levels and ages from preschool to adults. All of our studios have sprung dance floors to reduce the risk of injury to our students.
New this year is EDC's Pro-Track Plus Program, which offers unique mentorship and training opportunities for the professional track dancer.
Stephanie Pizzo (Eisenhower Dance Artistic Director) is a founding member of the company and performed for 20 years as a dancer. Now, as Artistic Director, she teaches company class, rehearses and is a resident choreographer for the company. She has staged works by Laurie Eisenhower on numerous companies and universities throughout the United States and has set her own choreography at Illinois Wesleyan University and numerous works on Eisenhower Dance. Most recently, she presented her work at three international dance festivals in Poland. Stephanie Pizzo is a native of Clinton Township, Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Dance from Oakland University. In 2009, she received a Distinguished Alumni or “MaTilDa” award from the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. She is a former director of the Eisenhower Dance Center and currently chairs the Center Advisory Committee. She is also a special lecturer in dance at Oakland University. This year marks her 27th season with Eisenhower Dance.
Jen Koralewski (Director, School of Eisenhower Dance Detroit, Birmingham/Director of Outreach/Dance for everyBODY© Director) graduated from Point Park University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance and a specialty in Jazz. While at Point Park, Jen had the honor of working closely with Kiesha Lalama and the late Ron Tassone. A Michigan native, Jen grew up dancing in Livonia at Bunny Sanford’s School of Dance and at Churchill High School in their Creative and Performing Arts (C.A.P.A.) program. C.A.P.A. gave Jen the opportunity to grow not only as a dancer but as a choreographer and director. In 2011, Jen started her own dance group, Motor City Dance Extension, based on the foundation of classical jazz technique and a heart for sharing dance within the community. During their 5 year run, Motor City Dance Extension had the opportunity to perform and collaborate on shows with Detroit Tap Repertory, River Raisin Ballet Company, and the Monroe Big Band. In 2013, Jen began her training certification in Giordano Technique from Nan Giordano. Jen has enjoyed teaching dancers of all ages throughout Metro Detroit for the past 10 years. From 2014-2017 Jen directed the dance program at the Livonia Community Recreation Center and played an integral part in launching their pre-ballet programs. Currently Jen is the Center Director for Eisenhower Dance Detroit of Birmingham as well as the Director of Outreach. Through these roles Jen is able to share dance within the community and provide dance education to communities in need. Jen is very excited to launch Eisenhower Dance Detroit’s first ever adaptive dance program, Dance for everyBody©, this program will provide dance education to students with varying disabilites showcasing that everyBody© has the ability to dance in their own way.
Meghann Hazelton (Director, School of Eisenhower Dance Detroit, Rochester/Rochester M.Y. Move Director) began dancing at the age of 5, and teaching at age 17. She was born and raised in Shelby Township, Michigan and grew up training with Lynda and Dennis Lambert. Meghann is a graduate of Oakland University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Dance. She has danced with Oakland Dance Theatre, OU Repertory Dance Company, and was a guest dancer with Eisenhower Dance Detroit during their 20th Anniversary Season. Meghann has performed in works by Laurie Eisenhower, Stephanie Pizzo, Thayer Jonutz, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. In 2010, she was honored with the Distinguished Dance Student "Matilda" award. Meghann has taken classes in choreography, creative dance for children, dance pedagogy and kinesiology. She studied the Cecchetti Method of ballet and successfully passed student examinations 1-6. Meghann has been teaching at Eisenhower Dance Center since 2008.
Amanda Rea-Burnett (Detroit Country Day School Program Director) began her dance training at the age of 5 at Encore Dance Academy under the direction of Jennifer Rickard. She was a 13 year competition member where she was in many group and solo routines. During her years of competing, Amanda won numerous awards and was crowned Teen Miss Superstar, receiving the highest score of the competition. Amanda was also selected for the Starpower Power Pak, where she toured with the competition to be one of the main dancers in their Battle of the Stars showcase. She has competed in numerous states, and performed at The Magic Kingdom. Through her years of dance, Amanda has had training by many well known choreographers, such as, Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett, Mia Michaels, Abby Lee Miller, Dee and Tina Caspary and worked under Dennis Caspary for many years. Amanda was apart of CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts) at her high school for 4 years. She was in numerous Musicals and Dance Concerts through CAPA, and she was the Choreographer for Les Miserable, A Chorus Line and many Dance productions her Senior Year. Amanda was a 5 year company member of the Allure Dance Company in St. Claire Shores. Amanda started her teaching career in 2003, and was a Guest Choreographer in Nashville, Tennessee from 2004-2006. Her Choreography has won numerous overall awards and Best Choreography. Amanda started at Eisenhower Dance Detroit in 2011 and can't wait for many more years to come. Amanda is honored to share the knowledge, passion and her love for Dance with the next generations to come.
Molly McMullen (EDD Professional Dancer / EDYE Director) began her dance training at South Dayton School of Dance in Dayton, Ohio. She was a ten-year member of South Dayton Dance Theatre, where she danced frequently with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company members. Molly has attended various summer intensive programs including Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Chicago, DCDC, Parsons Dance, Paul Taylor and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She also danced for Pittsburgh’s Attack Theater in the 2011 Dirty Ball. She has performed in several RDA ballet festivals and in 2006 received the Jeraldyne Blunden Award, which allowed her to attend the national Craft of Choreography Conference at Utah Valley State College with a full scholarship. Ms. McMullen graduated from Point Park University magna cum laude in 2012 with a BFA in dance. She has had the great opportunities of performing works by Daniel Marshall, Jonathan Phelps, Doug Varone, George Balanchine, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Kiesha Lalama and Alan Hineline.
Lindsay Chirio-Humenay (Eisenhower Dance Detroit Professional Dancer/Eisenhower Dance Detroit Company Manager/Birmingham Center Dance Ensemble Director) began her training at a young age as both a dancer and a gymnast. She graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and, for a short period, apprenticed with the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bloomfield Hills where she received training in different styles of ballroom. Lindsay apprenticed for Eisenhower Dance for two years and, in 2014, was promoted to a company dancer. Her training includes studies with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Eisenhower Dance. She has had the opportunity to perform works by Ron De Jesus, Gina Patterson, Paul Christiano, Gabrielle Lamb and Ahmad Simmons, among others. She teaches at Big City Dance Center and the Detroit Skating Club, choreographs for competitive gymnasts, and teaches intensives and workshops throughout Metro Detroit.
Alex Hlavaty (Eisenhower Dance Detroit Professional Dancer/Rochester Center Dance Ensemble Director) grew up in southeastern Michigan, beginning his formal dance training at age 6. Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University in May 2015. While at WMU, he performed choreography by Lauren Edson, Gerald Arpino, KT Nelson, Peter Chu and other distinguished choreographers. Alex performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. during the American College Dance Festival Association in 2012 and was fortunate to be able to study dance in NYC with Gibney Dance and Montréal with O Vertigo and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. Recently, Alex was selected to dance for musical legend Bobby McFerrin in the improvisational concert " Bobby Meets Michigan" at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing, MI.
Brooke Mainland (Eisenhower Dance Detroit Apprentice/ Birmingham Co. Motion Director) a native of Wisconsin where she began her formal dance training, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts , with a Business minor, from University of Arizona. Upon graduating, she apprenticed with Thodos Dance Chicago, where she trained with many artists in the area including teachers with Hubbard Street, Visceral, and River North dance companies. In 2015 she traveled to Europe to assist Sam Watson at the Tanz Danza Dance Festival in Bolzano, Italy. Her performances include Carnival Choreographers Ball, World of Dance, and Danceworks Milwaukee, as well as larger events including Capezio's 125th Anniversary Gala and Dizzy Feet Foundation's Benefit Gala.
Cheyenne Phillips (Eisenhower Dance Detroit Professional Dancer, Rochester Co. Motion Director) originally from Troy, IL, she began her dance training under Rena Storm, where she studied the Ceccehetti Method and passed Grades I-VI. While studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance at Webster University, Cheyenne had the opportunity to perform works by Antony Tudor, Jose Limon, Michael Uthoff, RAWdance, Tymberly Canale, Gary Hubler, James Robey, Monica Newsam and Dawn Karlovsky. Throughout college, she also performed professionally in a work by Dianne McIntyre at New Dance Horizons IV, with Kameron Saunders in A Modern Night at the Folly, and with James Robey at the Dancing in the Streets Festival. In 2016, her work “While Drifting” was selected and featured in the Young Choreographers Showcase at the Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis, MO. During previous summers, she attended various intensives at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Cecchetti Council of America and under scholarship at ArcDanz in Mexico City, Mexico. Cheyenne joined Eisenhower Dance Detroit as an apprentice in 2016, since performing works by founder Laurie Eisenhower, Artistic Director Stephanie Pizzo, Joshua Manculich, Joshua Peugh and BS Movement. She is eager to teach, choreograph and return as a company member for her third season!
Katy Ploch (Birmingham Collage and Kids Creating Director) graduated from Oakland University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts. She has trained in dance for over 20 years in various styles. While at OU, she trained with Laurie Eisenhower, Mariah Malec, Christine Naughton Shawl, Kristen Berger, and Greg Patterson. Katy received the Matilda award for Outstanding Student Service through the Music, Theatre, and Dance program at Oakland. She has also choreographed several pieces for Oakland’s dance company, Oakland Dance Theatre. Miss Ploch is a CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts) dance alum and since graduation in 2003 has choreographed many pieces for the dance program at Churchill High School.
Emily Bezbatchenko (Eisenhower Dance Detroit Apprentice, Rochester Collage Director) originally from Buffalo NY, began training at age three. Emily is a recent graduate from Point Park University (PPU), receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Magna Cum Laude. While at PPU she had the honor of performing works by Larry Keigwin, Matthew Powell, Helen Simoneau, David Morse, and Garfield Lemonius. Emily has attended various intensives such as AXIS Connect, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Movement Invention Project, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Chautauqua Ballet. Emily has studied works of Crystal Pite, Alejandro Cerrudo, William Forsythe, Kyle Abraham, and Alex Ketley. Emily is thrilled to join Eisenhower Dance Detroit for their upcoming 2018/2019 season.
Noelle Millis (Birmingham M.Y. Move Director) has been dancing her way through life since her very first dance class at Center Stage Dance Company in Oxford, MI at the age of two. Here she was trained in tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip hop, and musical theatre and was a member of their competitive team for 16 years. She attended Oakland University (BFA 2017) where she was a member of Oakland Dance Theater, The Repertory Dance Company, and Patterson Rhythm Pace, as well as receiving the "Distinguished Dance Student" MaTilDa Award. She has worked with many artists including Jodie Randolph, Stephanie Pizzo, Gregory Patterson, Ali Woerner, Thayer Jonutz, and Catherine Coury. She is now ready to take on the dance world both as a dancer and a choreographer, and to help her students find the same love for dance that her instructors have instilled within her.
In 2008, Abbey Smith (Rochester Kids Creating Director) was invited to study at The School of American Ballet in New York City, NY. While there, she performed in multiple roles choreographed by George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon and Justin Peck. After graduating from SAB in 2013, she received a position in Ballet Austin's Fellowship Program in Austin, TX. Abbey is an ABT Certified Teacher of the ABT National Training Curriculum. She is currently pursuing her BFA in Dance from Oakland University and is a member of the Repertory Dance Company.
Andrew Cribbett (Eisenhower Dance Detroit Professional Dancer) originally from Thomasboro, Illinois, trained at the Christine Rich Studio Dance Academy and Performing Arts Center. At age 16, he received a full scholarship to The Washington School of Ballet in Washington D.C. He attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts to finish his senior year of high school. Andrew has recieved scholarships to attend summer intensives at Washington School of Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Rock School of Ballet in Philadelphia, and Faubourg Ballet Chicago.
Lillie Hamilton (Eisenhower Dance Detroit Apprentice) was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan where her dance career began at the age of three at Center Stage Dance Studio. She was a two-year member of Oakland University’s Repertory Dance Company where she performed works by Mario Bermudez Gil, Loni Landon, Stephanie Martinez, and Stefanie Batten Bland. Lillie has had the opportunity to train with many professional companies such as Thodos Dance Chicago and Diavolo LA at their summer intensives. She is now a senior in Oakland University’s dance program where she is studying to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.
Kelsey Lewinski (Eisenhower Dance Detroit Apprentice), originally from California, began her dance training at Big City Dance Center in Michigan. She graduated with her BFA in Dance Honors from Wayne State University in May of 2018 where she received the Copperfoot Award for choreography. Her work was performed at the American College Dance Association festival that spring. Kelsey performed in the Judson Memorial Church's 'Movement Research' in New York City as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. During her time at university, she performed in works of those such as Meg Paul, Trey McIntyre, Stefanie Batten Bland and Faye Driscoll, and performed with Eisenhower Dance in their Silver Anniversary Gala. She has worked with additional artists such as Dwight Rhoden, Sidra Bell, Shannon Gillen, Alexandra Wells, Shamel Pitts and more. She received additional training at Gallim Dance, Dance Italia, and Movement Invention Project. Kelsey is also fully trained in both Stott Pilates Matwork and Reformer and teaches both privates and group classes.
Lauren Rich began her early dance career at Bev’s Dance Studio where she trained for 17 years in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, and Character Dancing. Yearly, Lauren participated in ballet exams with the Royal Academy of Dance where she received the top honors of Highly Commended and Distinction. After high school, Lauren attended Oakland University where she graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater. While at Oakland University, she was cast in a number of shows including the musicals Steel Pier, Follies, and Bells are Ringing. Lauren received the Brad M. Glass Scholarship which allowed her to participate with the Classical Theatre Study in Greece program where she was cast in the dance chorus of Democracy. Lauren has been teaching for over 6 years and is thrilled to be a part of Eisenhower Dance Center for the last two years.
Caitlin Smoot has been an influence of hip hop culture since age 15. Her training and growth has lead her to study under dancers such as Ian Eastwood, Quest Crew, and many more. Recently, Caitlin has worked with artists such as Flo Rida and Big Sean. She currently teaches at three studios in Michigan and travels throughout the country to teach master classes and compete.
Dana Snell is a modern dancer from Tampa, FL. She got her start in the studio at All American Dance Factory with acro, hip hop, and musical theater. After years of back handsprings, aerials, and assistant teaching, Dana was inspired to dive deeper into the art form. She developed ballet and modern technique at the University of South Florida and 3 subsequent years at Tampa Bay Ballet.
Throughout those years, Dana studied and performed under dance artists such as John Parks (Alvin Ailey Company), Carolina Garcia (Urban Bush Women), Gretchen Ward Warren (Classical Ballet Technique), Janis Brenner, Julio Montano, Ad Deum Dance, and the Lines Ballet Project. She then went on to perform solo and ensemble work with Tampa Bay Ballet, Shoes at the Door Modern Dance, and Salerno Musical Theatre. Her teaching credits include Lead Ballet Instructor for DDA and the beloved Lead Modern Instructor at Tampa Bay Ballet. Aside from the stage and studio, Dana is often seen changing gels, pulling the curtain, or even on headset calling technical cues. Through it all, Dana has a true love for teaching Contemporary Modern dance and Acrobatics and is excited to be working with Eisenhower’s dancers & tumblers again this year.
Christina Tasco was born and raised in Michigan where she grew up training with Julie Bonsell, Cornelia Sampson, The Cleveland Ballet, and the Limon Company. Christina is an Alumni of Oakland University where she attended on both merit and dance scholarships. During her years as a student, Christina was part of the Michigan Ballet Theater, Oakland Dance Theater, Oakland Repertory Company, and an apprentice with Eisenhower Dance. She was hired with the company out of her apprenticeship where she then danced professionally for the next six years. Christina has been teaching for Eisenhower Dance Center since 1997. In 2002, Ms. Tasco joined the faculty of Oakland University’s dance department where she continues to teach as a special lecturer. Christina received the most inspirational professor award in 2014 and 2015 and was nominated for an Outstanding Teaching Award in 2016. Ms. Tasco has set her choreography and taught master classes across the United States throughout the past 18 years. She has also done residency work in schools districts across Michigan and the east coast.
Barbara Zaleski was raised in Macomb, MI where she began her early training with Renee Wood, Stephanie Pizzo and Christina Tasco. After graduating from high school, Barbara attended the trainee program at the Conservatory of Fort Wayne Ballet under the direction of Karen Gibbons-Brown. In 2008, she entered Fort Wayne Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member and later became a Soloist. Zaleski has performed in many ballets including, Cinderella, Giselle, A Midsummer Nights Dream, La Sylphide and The Nutcracker. While at Fort Wayne Ballet, she studied Dance Pedagogy, Kinesiology, Choreography Composition and Music Theory. In 2010, Barbara moved back to Michigan to perform with Eisenhower Dance for two seasons and began teaching at Eisenhower Dance Center.
Megan White has over 20 years of dance experience in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Pointe. She received her early Vaganova ballet training with Denise Paavola at Paavola School of Dance and Young Peoples’ Ballet Theatre. She continued her training with Cornelia Sampson, Michael Anderson, Debra Dawn, Samantha Shelton and Michael Hicks at Rochester School of Dance and the Michigan Ballet Theatre. Broadening her dance repertory, she moved to Miami to work with the Miami City Ballet to study the Balanchine style at a professional level under the direction of Alexander Carter, Geta Constantinescu, Rafi Maldonado-Lopez, Liz Malm, and Edward Villella. While in Miami she performed Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Four Ts, Western Symphony, Valse Fantasy, in addition to Raymonda, Open Barre, Carnival of the Animals, Tarentella and Lounge 2200. She has had the honor of working and performing with major dance companies including American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Minnesota Ballet and Miami City Ballet. Outside of teaching, Megan has her degree in exercise science and pre physical therapy. She teaches Xtend barre and is a certified Pilates instructor.
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