Artists in Residence and Guests

Bryan Strimpel - Guest Artist
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Bryan Strimpel - A native Michigander, graduated from Wayne State University in 2011 with a B.F.A. in dance. He danced with Nicholas Leichter Dance from 2009 to 2012 as well as the Brian Brooks Moving Company from 2011-2014. Most recently Bryan is dancing with David Dorfman Dance in his first season with the company. He has performed internationally and across the U.S. in venues including: The Joyce Theater, Joyce SoHo, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jacob’s Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, Joe’s Pub, Hundred Grand SoHo and more. He is the Co-Director of bryanstrimpelMOVEMENT and his work has been presented in DanceNOW at Joe’s Pub, the Red Hook Festival, and in ‘READY OR NOT’ at Hundred Grand SoHo. He teaches classes in NYC at Hundred Grand SoHo and is a part of the Guest Artist Program teaching at Gibney Dance. Bryan is honored to have been selected as one of Dance Magazine’s 'Top 25 to Watch' in 2013.

Eisenhower Dance - Company in Residence

Eisenhower Dance is a nationally touring professional dance company directed by OU Professor Emerita of Dance Laurie Eisenhower. OU students have the unique opportunity to mentor with the professional dancers of Eisenhower Dance and are given numerous opportunities to perform with the Company. The OU Repertory Dance Company often collaborates with Eisenhower Dance on large-scale choreographic productions. Senior dancers have the opportunity to audition for apprenticeships with the Company, a unique and valuable professional training opportunity. Many OU alumni have eventually been hired by Eisenhower Dance as full company members. The Oakland University Dance Program is the only program in the State of Michigan that has a professional dance company in residence.

Take Root - Company in Residence

Calling Rochester, Michigan their home, Take Root resides at Oakland University under the direction of its founders and fellow company members, OU Assistant Professor of Dance Ali Woerner and Associate Professor of Dance Thayer Jonutz. Appreciating the many facets of art, the company thrives on collaboration and untraditional spaces. Take Root’s multi-disciplinary approach to concepts and movement allows for their accessibility to all ages and backgrounds. They investigate the process of human connections, allowing their unique voice to directly reach audiences. Since it’s inception, Take Root has been commissioned to perform at the New Dance for Asia International Festival in Seoul, South Korea, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Art X Detroit at the Detroit Institute of Art, performed at the National Theater of Costa Rica, Uferstudios in Berlin, Germany, The Red Bull House of Art in Eastern Market Detroit, The Detroit Dance City Festival, set their work on Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University, presented for the National Dance Education Organization, Ohio Dance Festival, The University of Costa Rica and the American College Dance Festival, and received grant funding from OU’s University Research College. The company’s mission is to “connect” through movement with as many individuals in as many diverse circles as possible. Take Root teaches master classes throughout Michigan to all ages promoting the need for connection to the arts and arts education. Take Root teaches an annual movement session at Walk the Line to SCI Recovery’s Field Day to those with spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. Currently, Take Root, lead by Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder Ali Woerner, hosts a free Dance for Parkinson’s Disease class once a month. This specific class has taken off, reaffirming the need for “connection” within all circles of the community.