Meet the Artists
Growing up in Arlington Heights, IL, Stephanie trained at McDonald Dance Academy and participated in Hersey Orchesis at John Hersey High School. In 2014, Stephanie graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in Dance. While at the University of Iowa, she studied ballet and modern dance under professors George de la Pena, Eloy Barragan, Armando Duarte, Deanna Carter, Charlotte Adams, Jennifer Kayle, and Alan Sener. Stephanie performed in various productions each year, and traveled to perform as a member of Dancers in Company.
Upon graduating, Stephanie began her career as an elementary education teacher while working with Hersey High School Orchesis as the Assistant Director. In the spring of 2015, Stephanie became a company member of Outlet Dance Company in Elk Grove, which inspired her to take a break from teaching elementary school in order to pursue her career as a dancer. Currently, Stephanie teaches ballet at McDonald Dance Academy in Arlington Heights and continues to co-direct Hersey Orchesis. Stephanie is also in her second season as a company member of Outlet Dance Company and is now dancing with Inaside Chicago Dance for her first season as a Performing Apprentice.