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School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041
smtd@oakland.edu

School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041
smtd@oakland.edu

Rebecca Crimmins

Photo of Rebecca Crimmins

Tap, Jazz
Contact: crimmins@oakland.edu


Owner, Director, Educator, Adjudicator, Choreographer, Television Host, CEO, Professional Dancer, Rebecca Crimmins has held all those positions throughout the performing arts industry. As an adjunct faculty member for Oakland University, Ms. Crimmins has been teaching for OU's Department of Dance for 16 consecutive years. Her courses include; Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Tap. Ms. Crimmins is Owner/Director, Performing Company Director, Choreographer and Teacher of Rebecca Crimmins Dance Studio in Washington, Michigan. With over 25 years of dance industry experience, including her extensive background in tap, having studied with great tap masters such as Jason Samual Smith, Lady Di Walker, Lane Alexander, Robert Reed, Barbara Duffy, Derrick Grant and more, has inspired Ms. Crimmins to continue sharing the tradition of this great American dance idiom with her Oakland University students. Ms. Crimmins’ professional credits are multi-faceted as she is the CEO and developer of STARLINK the Online Dance Challenge. She originated the children’s Metro Detroit television series, Come Dance With Me, hosting and coordinating 48 episodes. Her extensive past experience includes Owner/Director, Performing Company Director, Choreographer and Teacher for Bravo Dance Centers and Rebecca Crimmins Dance Factory, where her students won National Top awards and many went on to pursue professional dance careers. The success of these performing companies led her to become a much sought after adjudicator for renowned national talent competitions including; Kids Artistic Revue, Hall of Fame and Star Systems. In her professional dance years, Ms. Crimmins danced with Oakland Festival Ballet Company, Detroit Windsor Dance Modern Company and was an original Club Land Dancer.

Her vast diverse education was attained from an early age as a jazz student under the direction of Linda Diamond and as a ballet student under the tutelage of Cornelia Sampson of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Ms. Crimmins owes her first inspiration of carrying on the legacy of so many tap greats by becoming a student of the legendary Loyd Storey. Ms. Crimmins continues to teach, coach and choreograph for Michigan Regional Gymnastics levels 8, 9, 10 & Elite. Ever since earning her BA at Michigan State University where she was a Repertory Dance Company Dancer, she has dedicated her career to sharing her passion of dance. Ms. Crimmins teaches, dances and choreographs at Oakland University and throughout the Metro area and continues to advance her and her students dance education through attending master classes, workshops, conventions and teaching seminars.