STEPHANIE LIAPIS

South Dayton School of Dance

BIO 2005:

After Tremaine, I headed to Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, for my final year of high school. Upon graduation I was presented with the Young Artist Award from the dance department. I then traveled to New York City to attend NYU Tisch School of the Arts and received my BFA in dance. I received the Helbien scholarship, a full tuition scholarship, my final year at NYU. It is only awarded to one student in all of Tisch (theater, music, film, musical theater, visual arts) a year. After graduation I had the pleasure of working as an independent artist with several companies and choreographers including, Jamie Bishton/Dance, nicholasleictherdance and Nancy Bannon. I have performed in productions such as The Seven Deadly Sins choreographed by Jamie Bishton and Robert Lafosse, From the Horse's Mouth directed by Tina Croll and James Cunningham and Les Sacred du Printemps, an opera, choreographed by Doug Varone and performed at the Metropolitan Opera House. Happily, I have been working full time with Doug Varone and Dancers since the summer of 2002. We are a modern dance company based in New York City that tours both nationally and internationally. I have recently begun teaching dance while on tour and as a guest teacher in New York City. I have found that I enjoy teaching immensely and look forward to exploring it when I am finished dancing in a company. I have very fond memories of my year as Dancer of the Year. I know it was in the very beginning stages of the award, but I had such a wonderful time. I was always so inspired by all of the dancers filling the ballrooms, by the amazing teachers and by all of the support I felt from the entire convention. I think after I won Dancer of the Year I realized that I could be a professional dancer. The award was the first time anyone outside of my own community expressed any sort of interest in my dancing and I think I was amazed and humbled and thrilled all at the same time.