Sponsored by Kathy and Mike Ryan during the 2016-17 season.
Andrew Cribbett, originally from Thomasboro, Illinois, began his dance training at the age of six. He trained with Christine Rich and Luciana Rezende at the Christine Rich Studio Dance Academy and Performing Arts Center in Savoy, IL. At the age of 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 received 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.
Sponsored by Jennifer and Dan Gilbert during the 2016-17 season.
Molly McMullen began her dance training at South Dayton School of Dance in Dayton, Ohio. While there she was able to train and dance frequently with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company members. Molly has attended various summer intensive programs including Ballet Chicago, DCDC, Parsons Dance, Paul Taylor and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. 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 Intensive on full scholarship. She 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 George Balanchine, Doug Varone, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Ron de Jesus and Edgar Zendejas.
Sponsored by Stephen Fleck and Jason Rice during the 2016-17 season.
Katharine Larson Shapira grew up dancing under Sheryl Rowland in Kingwood, TX. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Chemistry and was the recipient of the Gertrude Shurr Modern Dance and Costume Manager Triple-Threat awards. Katharine has performed works by Ann Reinking, Mia Michaels, Bella Lewitsky, Ron De Jesus, Jamey Hampton, Gina Patterson, Harrison McEldowney, James Clouser, Michael Williams, Sam Watson, Elizabeth George, Ronn Stewart, Jessica Miller-Tomlinson and Ahmad Simmons. With Eisenhower Dance, she has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has trained at the Juilliard School, LINES Ballet and Thodos Dance Chicago. Previously, Katharine has performed with Thodos in their New Dances Concert and with Artifact Dance Project on a tour throughout China.
Sponsored by Martin & Lory Testasecca during the 2016-17 season.
Matthew Schmitz graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Webster University where he received departmental and general academic honors. He has attended summer programs at The Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet (Chicago), Kansas City Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He has worked professionally with Edgar Zendejas, Lauren Edson, Ron de Jesus, Eddy Ocampo, Iyun Harrison, Jamey Hampton, Gina Patterson, Michael Uthoff and Alicia Graf Mack, among many others. Matthew’s professional credits include Dawn Karlovsky and Dancers, Ashani Dances (Seattle, WA) and the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis (MUNY).
Sponsored by Maggie and Robert Allesee during the 2016-17 season.
Lindsay Chirio-Humenay 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.
Sponsored by Maggie and Robert Allesee during the 2016-17 season.
Michael Teasley III was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He began his dance training under the Direction of Jeri Sterrett at Jazz and Spirit Dance Theater of Detroit. In 2009, he enrolled in the Dance Program at Oakland University where he performed with Oakland Dance Theatre and OU Repertory Dance Company. Since then he has appeared as an apprentice and guest dancer with Eisenhower Dance, toured to Poland with the Company in July 2014 and was promoted to company member in 2015.
Sponsored by Dan and Angela Lemont during the 2016-17 season.
Alex Hlavaty grew up in southeastern Michigan, beginning his formal dance training at age six. 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, Gabrielle Lamb, Antony Tudor and Ohad Naharin. 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 New York City with Gibney Dance and in 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.
Cheyenne Phillips, apprentice, originally from Troy, IL, began her dance training under Rena Storm, studying the Cecchetti Method. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Webster University. She has had the opportunity to perform works by Antony Tudor, Jose Limon, Michael Uthoff, Tymberly Canale, Gary Hubler, James Robey, Monica Newsam and Dawn Karlovsky, at New Dance Horizons IV in a work by Dianne McIntyre, with James Robey Dance at the Dancing in the Streets Festival and at the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City, Mexico. During previous summers, she attended the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Intensive Program and the ArcDanz Summer Intensive in Puebla, Mexico. Most recently, she was given the opportunity to perform a solo as a part of the Young Choreographers Showcase at the Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis.
Brooke Mainland, apprentice, was born and raised in Wisconsin where she began her formal dance training. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a Business minor, from University of Arizona where she studied with Melissa Lowe, Sam Watson, Michael Williams, Amy Ernst, Douglas Nielsen, James Clouser, Tamara Dyke-Compton and Elizabeth George. 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.
Tessa Fredal, apprentice, was raised in Clinton Township, Michigan, where she studied ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and contemporary at Gotta Dance Dance Studio. She pursued a degree in Dance Performance & Choreography and Chemistry from Hope College and graduated in 2017 after earning performance and artistic awards. Over the course of her study, she worked with the pre-professional dance company H2, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and collaborated with choreographers Matt Farmer, Shauna Oliverio, and Nic Lincoln. She also apprenticed with LEVEL Dance Company under the guidance of Eddy Ocampo.
Lillie Hamilton, 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.