Joshua L. Peugh is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance. After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Joshua moved to South Korea to join Universal Ballet Company. Since then, he has created work for festivals in Asia, Europe, and North America winning awards for his choreography in Korea, Japan, Canada, and the USA. He is the recipient of the Grand Prize at the McCallum Theatre's 18th Annual Choreography Festival. He was chosen as one of Dance Magazine's 2015 "25 to Watch," and was named “an important discovery” by The New York Times. Joshua has been commissioned to create for BODYTRAFFIC, BalletX, Ballet Memphis, Tulsa Ballet, Whim W'Him, Company E, Dallas Theater Center, METdance, and Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, among others.
BS Movement is the collected and ongoing research of collaborative/creative duo, Shaina Branfman and Bryan Strimpel. Through teaching, performance and lifestyle, the two share and probe further into their philosophy: No matter our differences we all move, so we are all the same. Shaina completed her certification as a Movement Analyst at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. She studied religion and philosophy at the All Faiths Seminary International and is a member of The Feath3r Theory. Bryan has danced with Nicholas Leichter Dance, Brian Brooks Moving Company, David Dorfman Dance, ThirdRailProjects and is a member of The Feath3r Theory.
Mexican born Edgar Zendejas was drawn to the United States where he received a bursary to study at the United States International University in San Diego. Edgar’s interpretive career began in Chicago where he performed with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Giordano Jazz Dance. In the early nineties, Edgar joined Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, now BJM Danse, where he found himself evolving as an artist and choreographer. After the successful premiere of Zendejas’s first work, “Breve Enlace,” Louis Robitaille, artist director of BJM, promoted Edgar to associate choreographer. Most notable works are from Jacob’s Pillow; Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, DanceWorks Chicago; Luna Negra Dance Theater, State Street Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Northwest Dance Project and Ballet de Monterrey, Mexico. Edgar Zendejas’s North American acclaim continued to grow: he won the Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition in 2010, competed as a finalist for the Milwaukee Ballet’s choreographic competition “Genesis” in 2011, and won the Outstanding Choreographer Award from Youth American Grand Prix in 2012. In January 2006, he co-founded ezdanza. As the company expands, Zendejas is able to explore new areas of choreographic collaboration and direction.
Erik S Barry, Lighting Designer
Erik S Barry is a freelance Lighting Designer based in Chicago. Erik's designs have been seen at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing arts (DC), The Harris Theatre, Carnegie Hall (NYC), and the Detroit Music Hall. He is currently affiliated with Chicago based musical ensemble "eighth blackbird', as well the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus. His work has been received multiple Joseph Jefferson Award Nominations. He received his Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin -Madison campus. He has designed over 60 productions in his career. Highlights include The Rocky Horror Show with The University of Wisconsin Madison, as well as The Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, and Forever Plaid with the Summer Theatre in Meredith Village.
Kerro Knox 3, Lighting Designer
Kerro Knox 3 is Associate Director of the new School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Oakland University where teaches lighting design and theatre history. He has designed scenery, costumes and lighting for numerous shows in his 20 years at Oakland. Kerro designs lighting regularly for Eisenhower Dance including tours to New York and Poland. With Take Root Dance Company he has gone to Korea and the bottom of the OU swimming pool. At Meadow Brook Theatre, he lit Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and And Then They Came for Me. He has also designed lighting for Stephanie Skura at The Joyce Theatre and Lincoln Center. He received his BA in American Studies from Yale College and his MFA in Technical Design and Production from the Yale School of Drama. He previously taught at Syracuse University and Stephen F. Austin State.
Tina Tomicic, Resident Costumer & Costume Designer
Tina Tomicic is a designer and creator of apparel and accessories for men, women and children. She has held positions such as Design Manager at Proenza Schouler in New York City and most recently Technical Designer at the Detroit based brand Z Ballerini. With over a decade of experience in the fashion industry, she brings her deep passion and knowledge of design and function to Eisenhower Dance. Tina holds a BFA in Fiber Design from the College for Creative Studies.