Alumni Profile

Thayer Jonutz


Thayer Jonutz is currently an Associate Professor of Dance at Oakland University. He and OU Assistant Professor and fellow UM alum (MFA 2007) Ali Woerner 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, and Ali and Thayer have also been named a finalist for the Governor’s Fitness Awards for 2016.

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