The Carol Halsted
Legacy Fund

When one thinks of dance in Detroit, Carol Halsted is the first name that will come to top of the list. Carol's impact on the dance community spans more than four decades and at least two generations of dancers. As the founding dance faculty at Oakland University; Carol was instrumental in hiring Laurie Eisenhower as a full time university dance professor; and together they built the university's dance program and founded Eisenhower Dance Ensemble. Carol was the first Board Chair of the fledgling company. Under her watchful eye, the company was able to grow from a locally based ensemble to an internationally touring and critically acclaimed contemporary dance company. Her belief in the talents of Ms. Eisenhower and her vision of Detroit as a dance mecca, has sustained Eisenhower Dance and the greater dance community. Her legacy lives on in the performances of the children at the Eisenhower Dance Centers in Birmingham and Rochester; which she founded; as well as every time the artists of Eisenhower Dance take the stage.

Gifts to the Carol Halsted Legacy Fund will support the Eisenhower Dancers and the development of new choreography. 

Click below to donate by credit card.
Checks, payable to Eisenhower Dance, can be mailed to
103 South Street, Rochester, MI 48307

The Spirit of Sara Scholarship

The Spirit of Sara Scholarship is in honor and remembrance of Sara Guenther. Sara was a beautiful dancer, gifted academic, strong leader, and all around inspirational young woman. During her time as a Center Dance Ensemble Dancer at EDE Center for Dance, Sara was one of the hardest workers but also demonstrated a regard and joy for making other people around her feel happy and included. She was always the person to help others without being asked. Sara was a natural born leader and this trait was exemplified in all that she did throughout her much too short life. Sara's spirit was one that could be characterized as being kind, joyful, spunky, and ambitious. The Spirit of Sara Scholarship exists to honor Sara through other students who exemplify the traits that made Sara the unforgettable dancer, person, and leader that she was. This student will be nominated by their teacher strictly based on the above qualifications rather than a talent based evaluation. The hope is that Sara's spirit is able to live on through the awarded student and that her influence and legacy will never be forgotten. 

The Spirit of Sara Scholarship was established by
Lila Weinstein McDowell and Debi Weinstein.

Click below to donate by credit card.
Checks, payable to Eisenhower Dance, can be mailed to
103 South Street, Rochester, MI 48307


          We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to Government Agencies, Corporations, Foundations, and Individuals who have helped make Eisenhower Dance Detroit's performances & educational programs possible.

AAC logo 1.jpg