LEADERSHIP

 
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STEPHANIE PIZZO
| ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Eisenhower Dance Detroit Artistic Director, Stephanie Pizzo performed as a founding member of the company, and, at various points of her career, served as Resident Choreographer, Associate Artistic Director and Co-Artistic Director. She assisted in leading the company for the past 28 years and,now at the artistic helm, Pizzo’s mission involves collaborating with the highest quality national and international artists and focusing on creating strong ties within the Detroit Metro community through the art of dance. Ms. Pizzo works to use the art of contemporary dance both as a means to present beautiful, athletic, and engaging repertory and as a vehicle to reflect on and explore issues of social justice. She has set her own choreography at Illinois State University, Texas A & M University and Wesleyan University, and staged numerous works by Laurie Eisenhower on companies and universities throughout the United States. Her work has been presented in Tel Aviv, Israel as part of Eisenhower Dance Detroit’s production of The Light Show, at many international dance festivals in Poland and most recently on the Inside/Out Stage at Jacob’s Pillow. A native of Clinton Township, Michigan, Ms. Pizzo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Oakland University. In 2009, she received a Distinguished Alumni or “MaTilDa” award from the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. Currently, she is a special lecturer in dance at Oakland University.

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MOLLY MCMULLEN
| ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Molly McMullen, received her BFA in Dance from Point Park University graduating magna cum laude in 2012. This is her seventh season with Eisenhower Dance Detroit and over the years in the company has performed original works by Ron De Jesus, Gina Patterson, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Edgar Zendejas, Joshua Peugh, Jamey Hampton, and founder, Laurie Eisenhower. In 2017, she began serving as the EDD Rehearsal Director transitioning to Assistant Artistic Director in 2018. Through EDD, Molly has taught master classes and set repertory nationally and internationally allowing her the opportunity to cross language barriers and spread her passion for dance. Most recently, Molly has created works on the dance majors at Oakland University and Illinois State University. Molly is the proud Founder and Artistic Director of the Eisenhower Dance Detroit Youth Ensemble, a program that has trained pre-professional students since 2016. Molly’s choreography has been recognized at the Youth America Grand Prix including top twelve placements in both 2017 and 2018, as well as, invitations to YAGP finals in NYC in 2017 & 2019. Molly received the RDA National Choreography Recognition Award at the 2019 RDA Mid-States Festival in Lawrence, Kansas.

 
 
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MEGHANN HAZELTON

EDD ROCHESTER SCHOOL, DIRECTOR

Meghann 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.

JEN KORALEWSKI

EDD BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL, DIRECTOR

Jen 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.

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AMANDA REA-BURNETT

DETROIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL PROGRAM, DIRECTOR & BIRMINGHAM BUSINESS MANAGER

Amanda 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.

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CHRISTINA TASCO

ROCHESTER BUSINESS MANAGER

Christian 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.

FACULTY

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EMY BEZBATCHENKO

originally from Buffalo NY, began training at age three. Emily graduated from Point Park University in Spring of 2018, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. During her years at the University, 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 joined Eisenhower Dance Detroit as an apprentice in 2018, since performing works by founder Laurie Eisenhower, Artistic Director Stephanie Pizzo, Christian Denice, and Darrell Moultrie. Emily was promoted to full company member in 2019.

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ANDREW CRIBBETT

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.

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tara charvat

graduated Summa Cum Laude with her BFA in dance from Western Michigan University (2018) where she was honored to perform works by renowned choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Lew Christensen, Frank Chavez, and Brian Enos. She recently attended summer programs with New Dialect, chuthis., BODYTRAFFIC LA, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Big Muddy Dance Company, and DanceWorks Chicago. Charvat trained on scholarship at Lou Conte Dance Studio (2018-19), taking weekly class with HSDC artists, presenting her own choreography, and performing a work by Alice Klock. She was also a member of the NewDances 2019 company, a collaboration between Thodos Dance Chicago and DanceWorks Chicago. This is Tara’s first season with Eisenhower Dance Detroit.


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LINDSAY CHIRIO-HUMENAY

began her training in both gymnastics and dance at a young age. Before graduating from Oakland University in 2013, with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Lindsay accepted an apprenticeship with Eisenhower Dance Detroit. In 2014, Lindsay was promoted to full company member. Early in her career, she trained extensively with companies such as, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and also participated in a ballroom dance apprenticeship. She has performed works by Darrell Grand Moultrie, Ron De Jesus, Gina Patterson, Paul Christiano, Joshua Manculich, among several others. She teaches for The School of EDD and at intensives and workshops throughout the country. Lindsay has served as the director of NewDANCEfest for past two years and through EDD's Beyond the Stage initiative, in 2018, she was promoted to Company Manager where she strives to continually develop, enrich, and elevate EDD.

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KELSEY LEWINSKI

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.

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brooke mainland

is originally from Wisconsin where she began her formal dance training. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, with a Business minor, from The University of Arizona. Upon graduating, she apprenticed with Thodos Dance Chicago, where she trained with many artists in the area including Hubbard Street, Visceral, and River North dance companies. Since Fall of 2016, Brooke has been a professional dancer with Eisenhower Dance Detroit, where she has performed at the NYC Lincoln Center, Tel Aviv Opera House in Israel, as well as the Detroit Opera House and various theaters around Michigan and the U.S. with the company.

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Noelle millis

started her training and love for dance at the age of 2 in Oxford, Michigan. As a member of a competitive team, she became a regionally and nationally ranked competitor and traveled around the country performing and training in as many styles as she could. Upon her high school graduation Noelle couldn’t imagine her life without dance so she decided to continue her education by attending Oakland University and became a member of Oakland University’s Dance Department in 2013. Here she was a member of Oakland Dance Theatre, Oakland’s Repertory Dance Company and was selected to perform with the professional company Patterson Rhythm Pace. Noelle has worked with many choreographers including Mario Bermudez Gil, Catherine Coury, Stephanie Batten Bland, Amy Cova, Marcus White, Stephanie Pizzo, Gregory Patterson, Christina Tasco, Teresa Muller and many more. Noelle is a recent graduate from Oakland University with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and won the Matilda award for “Distinguished Dance Student”. Since her graduation in 2017, Noelle has been a seasonal performer for Oakland Church in Rochester, Michigan and has performed in numerous shows in Downtown Detroit such as “Women’s Work” and “#ornot” just to name a few. Besides performing, Noelle loves working with kids of all ages so it was an honor to accept a job with The School of Eisenhower Dance Detroit in 2016 and loves every minute of it!

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kATY PLOCH

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.

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ABBEY SMITH

was invited to study at The School of American Ballet (New York City), under the Audrey Rose scholarship, at the young age of 14. While there, she performed in multiple ballets choreographed by George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon and Justin Peck and participated in the New York Choreographic Institute. The renowned faculty at SAB helped to shape Abbey into the dancer and teacher she is today. As a student, Abbey also attended summer intensives with Joffrey Midwest, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Ballet Austin. After graduating from SAB in 2013, she received a position in Ballet Austin's Fellowship Program in Austin, TX. In 2019, Abbey earned her B.A. in Dance and her B.S. in Marketing from Oakland University, where she performed with the Repertory Dance Company, Oakland Dance Theatre and received the 2018 Distinguished Dance Student MaTilDa Award. Abbey is an ABT Certified Teacher of the ABT National Training Curriculum and currently teaches at the School of Eisenhower Dance Detroit.


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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.

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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.