EISENHOWER DANCE DETROIT
Eisenhower Dance Detroit Youth Ensemble was founded in 2016 under the direction of Molly McMullen with strong support and guidance from the Eisenhower Dance Detroit professional company and organization. Eisenhower Dance Detroit was created in 1991 and boasts a long-standing reputation as Michigan’s premier contemporary dance company under founding Artistic Director, Laurie Eisenhower. The mission of EDDYE is to provide aspiring students the highest caliber of dance education with a unique training environment in preparation for future professional careers in dance. Molly’s extensive training and professional dance experience along with the Eisenhower movement philosophy helps develop these young dancers into sharp, strong technicians, as well as, well rounded artists.
In their first year, EDDYE was invited to share the stage performing a work of their own within the Eisenhower Dance Detroit professional performances, a tradition the pre-professional company holds in high esteem. With this opportunity, the pre-professional company gains exposure to some of Detroit’s largest dance audiences as well as on some of the highest acclaimed stages. EDDYE commissions two guest choreographers per season and has performed works by Stephanie Pizzo, Laurie Eisenhower, Lucia Rogers and Mary Devitt.
Since its creation, the Eisenhower Dance Detroit Youth Ensemble has almost doubled in size and reputation, acquiring students from all across Metro Detroit. In 2017, the ensemble received top 12 at YAGP Pittsburgh and was selected to compete in the NYC finals. Other performances have included Michigan Youth Arts Festival, Rochester’s Art and Apples festival, collaborations with the Friendship Circle and Pure Existences’ X2 among many performances within Eisenhower Dance Detroit’s main stage concerts.
This spring, EDDYE premiered a new full-length production, “The Giving Tree”, based off Shel Silverstein’s popular children’s book. Next season the company plans to expand their community outreach in the cities of Metro Detroit. We’re looking forward to helping audiences discover the imaginative world of dance and hopefully inspire the next generation.