Alumni Profile

Ali Woerner


Ali Woerner is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Oakland University. She and OU Associate Professor of Dance and fellow UM alum Thayer Jonutz (MFA 2009) co-founded and co-direct Take Root, their company whose mission is to “connect” through movement with as many individuals in as many diverse circles as possible. The company has performed original work in a variety of locations and venues including: Seoul, South Korea; Incheon, Korea; Berlin, Germany; Costa Rica; National Dance Education Organization (Miami and Chicago); American College Dance Festival; Arts X at the Detroit Institute of Arts; TEDx; RADfest; Ohio Dance Festival; Detroit Dance City Festival; and more.

Take Root teaches master classes nationally and internationally to all ages as well as an annual movement session at Walk the Line to SCI Recovery’s Field Day to those with spinal cord and brain injuries. Currently, Take Root hosts a free Dance for Parkinson’s Disease class once a month at Oakland University, a program Ali created and for which she was recently awarded the prestigious Oakland County Executive’s 2016 Elite 40 Under 40 top honor. Ali and Thayer have also been named a finalist for the Governor’s Fitness Awards for 2016.

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