Eisenhower Dance Detroit | A Renowned Touring Dance Company
Artistic Director: Stephanie Pizzo
Moving into its 33rd season, Eisenhower Dance Detroit gives life to the work of nationally and internationally known choreographers along with that of its founding artistic director, Laurie Eisenhower, and current artistic director, Stephanie Pizzo. Considered one of the finest contemporary dance companies in the Midwest, the company has performed works by choreographers Hope Boykin, Marc Brew, Tamisha A. Guy, Norbert De La Cruz III, Maleek Washington, James Grieg and Rauf Yasif, Micaela Taylor, Nicolo Fonte, and Joshua Peugh, to name a few. Ms. Pizzo continues to expand the company’s innovative style and artistic vision while still honoring the legacy of Eisenhower Dance Detroit’s founder.
This event is generously supported by the Siril Endowment for the Arts.
- Thursday, February 8th, 2024 | 7:30 PM | Opening Night Party
- Friday, February 9th, 2023 | 7:30 PM
- General public: $20
- NMU Employees, Seniors and Military: $15
- Youth: $12
- NMU Students: $5
Master Class with Eisenhower Dance Detroit
Please join NMU Theatre and Dance and the Siril Endowment for the Arts for an observable contemporary master class with Eisenhower Dance Detroit on Friday, February 9th from 10:00AM-12:00PM in the Forest Roberts Theatre! This master class will be open to Northern Michigan University students with at least 5 years of previous dance training to the intermediate or advanced level.
Friday, February 9th | 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Forest Roberts Theatre
PRE-REGISTRATION FOR CLASS PARTICIPATION IS MANDATORY. Pre-registration for class participation is open now and will close on Wednesday, February 7th at 5:00PM EST. Class size is limited, so registering early is encouraged. After you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email on Thursday, February 8th with further details.
PLEASE NOTE: This class will not be suitable for beginner-level dancers.
This event has been generously supported by the Siril Endowment for the Arts.
Eisenhower Dance Detroit Artistic Director, Stephanie Pizzo, joined the company as a founding member in 1991. At various points in her dance career with EDD, she served as Resident Choreographer, Associate Artistic Director, and Co-Artistic Director. Ms. Pizzo now leads the company into her 7th season as Artistic Director. She focuses on collaborating with the highest quality national and international artists and creating strong ties within the metro Detroit community through the art of dance. Her dance for film work, The Five Tangos, inspired by the music of Astor Piazzolla and created in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Art and Zazu Creative Studio, was selected as the winner of BEST EXPERIMENTAL film, 2022 Dancecentric Film Festival (Florida); semi-finalist, 2022 Inspired Dance Film Festival (Australia); and featured online in Dance Magazine’s “Friday Film Break.”
Ms. Pizzo also believes in educational programming and youth mentorship as key tools to develop community connection. She 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 significance. She has set her choreography at Illinois State University, Texas A & M University, Texas Christian University and Wesleyan University, along with having staged numerous works by Laurie Eisenhower on companies and universities throughout the United States. Her work has been presented in Tel Aviv as part of Eisenhower Dance Detroit’s production of The Light Show, at international dance festivals in Poland, and 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. She served as a special lecturer in dance at Oakland University for 12 years.
Assistant Artistic Director
Andrew Cribbett, originally from Thomasboro, Illinois, received a full scholarship to The Washington Ballet in Washington D.C. He then attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts to finish his senior year of high school. He joined Eisenhower Dance Detroit in 2011 and retired as a company dancer and Rehearsal Director in 2021. While dancing with the company, Mr. Cribbett toured nationally and internationally both teaching and performing in venues as far as Tel Aviv, Israel. He also had the great pleasure of performing original works by Nicolo Fonte, Gina Patterson, Darrell Grand Moutrie, Edgar Zendejas, Joshua Peugh, Ron De Jesus, among many others. His choreography has received recognition for Top 12 placement at YAGP for solos, small groups, and ensembles. Over the years, Mr. Cribbett has taught and choreographed for several local studios including The School of Eisenhower Dance Detroit and also trains elite level figure skaters in Junior Ice Dance. He is also pursuing a degree in Nursing concurrent with his role of Assistant Artistic Director.
The Act of Play Got Us Here (2023)
Choreographer: Tamisha Guy
Music: "Chapter II" by Ori Lichtik and Berlin by Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto edited by Martell Ruffin
Costume Designer: Christa Koerner
Lighting Designer: David Goodman - Edberg
Dancers: Tara Charvat, Meagan Cubides, Lillie Hamilton, Alex Hlavaty, Olivia Sarvello, Nirvan Singh, Bella Varon
~ Intermission ~
Choreographer: Stephanie Pizzo
Music: "a1" by Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm, "For Mother" by Philip Daniel, "Unearthed" by Philip Daniel & Shawn Williams, "Vitov" by Dorisburg
Costume Designer: Christa Koerner
Lighting Designer: David Goodman-Edberg
Dancers: Tara Charvat, Tristen Cook, Meagan Cubides, Lillie Hamilton, Alex Hlavaty, Lauren LaMontagne, Olivia Sarvello, Nirvan Singh, Bella Varon
State of Mind
Choreographer: Stephanie Pizzo
Music: "Extraterrestrial Noise Experiment" and "Slow Burn" by Drone Chamber, "Recondition III" by Ali Phi, and "Slowly" by AGF
Costume Designer: Christa Koerner and Stephanie Pizzo
Dancers: Tara Charvat, Tristen Cook, Meagan Cubides, Lillie Hamilton, Alex Hlavaty, Lauren LaMontagne, Olivia Sarvello, Nirvan Singh, Isabella Varon
Additional Production Information
NMU Theatre & Dance Professional Staff
|Director of Production
|Costume Shop Supervisor
|Scene Shop Supervisor
|Associate Scene Shop Supervisor
|Lex van Blommestein
|Sound and Media Supervisor
|Marketing and Box Office Manager
NMU Theatre & Dance Staff
Scene Shop Technicians
|Cassie Bowler, Maggie Brew, Tyler Crowley, Isabella Fontaine, Laura Hinz, Emily Iszler, Bryson Krieger †, Henry Moore, Grace Terwilliger, Sam Wardisiani
|Electrics Crew Lead
|Sound/Media Crew Lead
|Carley Bishop, Cyrus Cohen, Meara Kronsperger, Dane Krusick, Rachel Martin, Brayden Smith, Olly Wells
|Costume Shop Staff
|Gianna Bratke, Zephyrus Choberka, Rhiannyn McClauley, Lucy Plancia, Suzanne Shahbazi, Charlotte Somerville, Fen Torenvliet, Elise Wilcox
|Marketing/Box Office Staff
|Tyler Crowley, Gianna Daprai, Zoë Hajec, Keely-Shaye Hanson †, Bryson Krieger †
† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.