School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041

Thayer Jonutz

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Associate Professor of Dance
Technique, Choreography, Theory
Oakland University Repertory Dance Company
Co-Director/Co-Founder of Take Root

(248) 370-2804

Links:  Take Root Website

Previous to founding Take Root, Thayer performed as a full time company member with Repertory Dance Theatre where he performed both classic and contemporary works by noted choreographers like Douglass Dunn, Zvi Gotheiner, Daniel Nagrin, Bill Evans, Scott Rink, and Susan Hadley. Thayer earned his MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan, performing in the Peter Sparling Dance Company. Currently, Thayer is a professor of Dance at Oakland University where he directs the Repertory Dance Company and teaches modern, improvisation, dance pedagogy and partnering courses. In addition to performing with Take Root, Thayer has performed with Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance Company, Rustic Groove, Agua Dulce Dance Theater, Eisenhower Dance, Rebudal Dance among others. In 2013, Thayer joined forces with fellow Associate Professor of Dance, Ali Woerner and co-founded the professional contemporary modern dance company, Take Root.