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Laurie Eisenhower

Laurie Eisenhower

 Laurie Eisenhower    Laurie Eisenhower
Professor Emerita of Dance
Artistic Director, Eisenhower Dance 


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Laurie Eisenhower, Professor Emerita of Dance, received her BAE and MFA degrees in dance from Arizona State University where she received the Wanda Turk Choreography Award and the Faculty Excellence Award. In the early years of her career, she danced professionally in both California and New York City with various dance companies and choreographers, most notably Pilobolus Dance Theatre, David Parsons, Chen and Dancers, Harry Streep III, and Mel Wong. Ms. Eisenhower began her professional choreographic career when she set a work for the Prospect Park Dance Festival in Brooklyn, NY. Since then, she has set her works on numerous professional dance companies including BalletMet Columbus, Desert Dance Theatre, State Street Ballet, Harbinger Dance Company, and the Pushkin Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia, to name a few.

In 1991, she formed Eisenhower Dance, which, with the help of committed and talented dancers, has become the premier dance company in the state of Michigan. The company tours nationally and internationally and is now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Ms. Eisenhower has created over 100 dances for the Company and has received frequent grants and honors for her choreography. She has been awarded the Michigan Dance Association Choreographers Festival Award, the Women in Art Award for Choreography, Artserve’s Michigan Governor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Michigan Artist and the prestigious Kresge Artist Fellowship. Her work has also been supported through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Skillman Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the National Dance Project, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

At OU, Ms. Eisenhower was awarded a Travis Professorship and was honored twice by the OU Board of Trustees. She received an OU Research Fellowship, 25 faculty research grants, and the Faculty Recognition Award for her outstanding contributions in the field of dance. Upon retirement in 2012, she was appointed the status of Professor Emerita and in 2016 received the MaTilDa Award for her community service to dance.