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Laurie Eisenhower, choreographer

Laurie Eisenhower was raised in Arizona and received an MFA degree in dance from Arizona State University. 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 setting her work on professional dancers in 1981 when she was invited to set a work on Baker's Half Dozen in New York as part of the Prospect Park Dance Festival in Brooklyn. Since then, she has set her works on numerous professional and university dance companies and was artistic director of Detroit's Harbinger Dance Company.

In 1991, she formed the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, which, with the help of committed and talented dancers, has become the premiere dance company in the state of Michigan. The company has traveled as far as St. Petersburg, Russia, made a very successful New York City debut, and tours nationally. Ms. Eisenhower has received frequent grants and honors for her choreography. Her work was presented twice at the Morningside Dance Festival at the Theatre of the Riverside Church in New York City and she has received three Creative Artists grants from state arts foundations, the Michigan Dance Association Choreographers Festival Award, and the Women in Art Award for Choreography. In addition, Ms. Eisenhower was presented with the Outstanding Michigan Artist Award by Governor Jennifer Granholm at the 2003 Governor's Arts Awards ceremony.

 

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