RCD Staff & Offerings
Rebecca Crimmins - Dancer, Director, Educator, Adjudicator, Choreographer, Television Host, CEO, Rebecca Crimmins has held all those positions throughout the performing arts industry. As an Adjunct Professor for Oakland University, Ms. Crimmins has been teaching for Oakland’s Dance Department for ten consecutive years. This January, Miss Rebecca is excited to be begin a new dance program opening another dance studio in Washington Township Michigan, Rebecca Crimmins Dance. With over 20 years of dance industry experience, including her extensive background in tap, having studied with great tap masters such as 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. Her professional credits are multi-faceted as she is the CEO and developer of STARLINK the Online Dance Challenge. She originated the children’s television series, Come Dance With Me, hosting and coordinating 28 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. The success of these performing companies led her to become a much sought after adjudicator for national talent competitions including; Kids Artistic Revue, Hall of Fame and Star Systems. In her professional dance years, Ms. Crimmins danced with Detroit Windsor Dance 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. Miss Rebecca owes her first inspiration of carrying on the legacy of so many tap greats by becoming a student of the legendary Loyd Storey. She continues to teach, coach and choreograph for Michigan Regional Gymnastics levels 8, 9, 10 & Elite. Ever since earning her BA at Michigan State University, she has dedicated her career to sharing her passion of dance. Miss Rebecca teaches, dances and choreographs throughout the Metro area and continues to advance her dance education through attending master classes, workshops, conventions and teaching seminars.
Penny Auten started dancing at the age of three and hasn’t looked back since. She received her training through Dance Factory and Bravo Dance Center of Macomb, MI, and has been teaching and choreographing for 10 years. Penny is trained in all styles of dance, but her favorite is tap. During her years of competitive dancing, Penny was a recipient of numerous overall awards, scholarships and titles. She was a member of the Detroit Tap Repertory and has performed alongside tappers from all over the country. She has performed at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, and has been a guest performer on Sterling Heights’ and WBRW’s local television show, “Come Dance With Me.” She was also a Top 100 finalist on season 7 of Fox’s Emmy-winning television show, “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Penny attended the University of Michigan, where she majored in Nursing with a minor in Japanese. In her spare time at U of M, she was the president of the university’s premiere tap group, Rhyth M Tap Ensemble. She was also a core committee member of Dance Mix, a collaborative event involving the 20+ dance groups on campus.
Penny currently splits her time between choreographing award winning competition numbers for Rebecca Crimmins Dance studio and the surgical ICU at Beaumont Hospital. She is eager to share her love of dance with her students and patients alike.
At RCD we are comminted to offering the very best
dance instruction. Our teachers are trained and dedicated to provide your dancer with an excellent dance education. No student progresses at the same rate, that is why our classes are designed to progress a dancer to the next level at his or her own pace. Regular scheduled level tests will be offered throughout the semesters and students may move to another level within the year.
Evaluations - Students will receive evaluations, like a report card, to show their strengths, improvements and areas that may need attention. These evaluations will provide the parents and dancers a means to monitor progress and also give a clear definition of where they are within each level.
Performance Opportunities - RCD will hold a Spring recital in June, a Summer Show (no costume requirement) in August and a Winter Recital in December. Dancers at the Intermediate/Advanced levels will have opportunities for solo performances at each of these shows and regional competitions.
Semesters - Dance is an ongoing study. RCD offers its courses in Semesters; Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer to provide a continuing education.
photo by Ben Doyle, courtesy of METdance
Brett Wotherspoon is originally from Detroit, Michigan. He began dancing in 1995 just shy of 3 years old at Allard Academy of Dance, under direction of Bonnie Allard. He has performed in “The Nutcracker” with both The Moscow Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. After graduating high school from Arts Academy in the Woods as a dance major, he continued his dance studies at Oakland University. On a dance scholarship, Brett performed works by Laurie Eisenhower, Stephanie Pizzo, Gregory Patterson, Ali Woerner, Thayer Jonutz, Bryan Strimpel, Kendra Portier, and Chin Ying. In May of 2013, he performed in the production of “Aida” with Eisenhower Dance and in September he began with Oakland University’s Repertory Dance Company. During Brett’s senior year of college, he became a member of Patterson Rhythm Pace, directed by Gregory Patterson. After completing his Bachelors of Fine Arts in August of 2015, he moved to Houston, Texas to begin his next chapter as a Trainee in 2015 and an Apprentice with METdance, where he has performed works by Artistic Director of METdance, Marlana Doyle, as well as Kiki Lucas, Camille A. Brown, Margot Gelber, Joshua L. Peugh, Rosie Herrera, jhon r. stronks, Mario Zambrano, Hattie Haggard, Joshua Manculich, and Dominic Walsh. Brett is now teaching at his alma mater, Arts Academy in the Woods, and is thrilled to be entering his second season at Rebecca Crimmins Dance.
Tamra Lusch-Odrobina - has been a leader and educator in the field of dance for 21 years. She specializes in teaching dance techniques to children of all different ages and levels. Multi-talented, Ms. Odrobina is currently the franchise owner of Kinderdance of Michigan, LLC in Rochester Michigan. As a former regional manager for Tutor Time, she has been working with children for the past 23 years. “I love working with children & giving them the wonderful gift of dance.
Her expertise consists of Hip Hop, Jazz and Ballet. Tamra’s students have gone on to win scholarships, top awards and accolades from major conventions in the industry. She continues to broaden her knowledge by studying with teachers and dance organizations across the country, attending the conventions of Tremaine, Co. Dance, LA Underground, Extreme and more. Her inspiration to the youngest of dancers is paramount to none as she earned her degree in Early Childhood Development and Business Management. She has taught at Dance Factory, Bravo Dance Center & Graceful Moves Dance Center. Ms. Odrobina is a wife of 17 years and has two beautiful children, a fifteen-year old daughter, and a twelve-year old son.
Lindsey Wawrzyniak has been dancing since the age of 3. She attends Arizona State University and is double majoring in Dance and Communications. She is represented by the Movement Talent Agency based in LA and is hoping to fulfill her dream as a professional dancer or Rockette. She has received several dance awards and scholarships in her years of dancing and her greatest accomplishment is getting a callback for the the TV show “So you Think you can Dance.” She is trained in all styles of dance and loves to perform and choreograph.