Dance Master Classes


All classes held in the Detroit Opera House Margo V. Cohen Dance Studio. FREE with ticket to corresponding dance performance. Class fee is $25 without corresponding ticket. Pre-registration required: For information: (313) 237-3251


Detroit Opera House Dance Intensive

Take classes from professional dancers, improve your technique, prepare for your fall classes and auditions….join Eisenhower Dance this summer!

August 1st-6th, 9:00am-4:00pm
Dancers 14 and older – Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Modern
Hosted at Detroit Opera House
Final showing for family and friends Saturday, August 6.



Dance Talks

Michigan Opera Theatre offers free opera and dance talks prior to each performance. Noted experts provide background and important information on what you will see on stage, enhancing your performance experience!

Dance Talks, held one hour prior to each performance, provide an insightful and entertaining preview of the dance company and works performed on stage. Hosted by MOTVA Dance Council, the free talks usually include a member of the performing dance company or company representative. Dance Talks will help dance patrons gain a better understanding of the works being performed, choreography and the dance company.

Don’t miss this free opportunity to further enhance your experience at the Detroit Opera House!

Ballet Detroit

Ballet Detroit provides learning opportunities throughout the season, including open classes, master classes, private training and auditions. Details and registration can be found on their website,

For more information regarding the Ballet Detroit outreach or development programs, please contact them directly at, or by phone at 409-4BALLET.


Dance Intensive Instructors

Andrew Cribbetoriginally from Thomasboro, Illinois, began his dance training at the age of six. He trained with Christine Rich and Luciana Rezende at the Christine Rich Studio Dance Academy and Performing Arts Center in Savoy, IL.  At the age of 16, he received a full scholarship to The Washington School of Ballet in Washington D. C. He attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts to finish his senior year of High School.  Andrew has received scholarships to attend summer intensives at Washington School of Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Rock School of Ballet in Philadelphia, and Faubourg Ballet Chicago.


Molly McMullen began her dance training at South Dayton School of Dance in Dayton, Ohio. While there she was able to train and dance frequently with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company members. Molly has attended various summer intensive programs including Ballet Chicago, DCDC, Parsons Dance, Paul Taylor and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She has performed in several RDA ballet festivals and in 2006 received the Jeraldyne Blunden Award, which allowed her to attend the National Craft of Choreography Intensive on full scholarship. She graduated from Point Park University magna cum laude in 2012 with a BFA in Dance. She has had the great opportunities of performing works by George Balanchine, Doug Varone, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Ron de Jesus and Edgar Zendejas.


Katharine Larson Shapira grew up dancing under Sheryl Rowland in Kingwood, TX.  She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Chemistry and was the recipient of the Gertrude Shurr Modern Dance and Costume Manager Triple-Threat awards.  Katharine has performed works by Ann Reinking, Mia Michaels, Bella Lewitsky, Ron De Jesus, Jamey Hampton, Gina Patterson, Harrison McEldowney, James Clouser, Michael Williams, Sam Watson, Elizabeth George, Ronn Stewart, Jessica Miller-Tomlinson and Ahmad Simmons. With Eisenhower Dance, she has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has trained at the Juilliard School, LINES Ballet and Thodos Dance Chicago. Previously, Katharine has performed with Thodos in their New Dances Concert and with Artifact Dance Project on a tour throughout China.


Matthew Schmitz graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Webster University where he received departmental and general academic honors. He has attended summer programs at The Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet (Chicago), Kansas City Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He has worked professionally with Edgar Zendejas, Lauren Edson, Ron de Jesus, Eddy Ocampo, Iyun Harrison, Jamey Hampton, Gina Patterson, Michael Uthoff and Alicia Graf Mack, among many others. Matthew’s professional credits include Dawn Karlovsky and Dancers, Ashani Dances (Seattle, WA) and the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis (MUNY).



Stephanie Pizzo- As a founding member of Eisenhower Dance, Stephanie Pizzo performed for 20 years as a dancer with the Company .  Now, as Co-Artistic Director, she teaches company class, rehearses and is a resident choreographer for the company. She has staged works by Laurie Eisenhower on numerous companies and universities throughout the United States and has set her own choreography at Illinois Wesleyan University and numerous works on Eisenhower Dance.  Most recently, she presented her work at three international dance festivals in Poland. Stephanie Pizzo is a native of Clinton Township, Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Dance from Oakland University.  In 2009, she received a Distinguished Alumni or “MaTilDa” award from the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance.   Currently, Ms. Pizzo is a special lecturer in dance at Oakland University.  This year marks her 26th season with Eisenhower Dance.