A delicious FRIDAY CLASS with Stephanie Miracle

Stephanie Miracle. Photo by Zachary Handler.

Have I told you about the first time I saw Stephanie Miracle? She and I were at the same audition in New York a few years back, and I remember seeing her dance and thinking: I should leave this audition. No one dances like this woman! It’s true that Stephanie is a great dancer and a maker of nuanced, thought-provoking work, but what strikes me about Stephanie is the joy that she brings to all of it. Her class is a pretty clear manifestation of this–I always leave her classes smiling and sweaty and worked. So join us on February 8, 15, and 22 from 9:30-11:15 am. Class is $12, or $10 with a class card.

Stephanie Miracle is an independent choreographer, performer and teaching artist. She grew up mostly in Tulsa, Ok and partially in Bamberg, Germany. After receiving her BA in Dance from Belhaven University in Jackson, MS she relocated to New York City where she spent several years performing and making her own work. Stephanie is a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Maryland where she is completing her MFA in Dance. She and her husband, visual artist Jimmy Miracle, are currently based in the Washington, DC area.

As a performer she has had the privilege of dancing for Deganit Shemy, Elizabeth Dishman, Avodah Dance Ensemble, Shannon Gillen & Guests, Laura Peterson Choreography, alexan/the median movement, David Dorfman Dance, Joseph Poulson, Susan Marshall and Company, Dance Exchange, Graham Brown, PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, and Deborah Hay. She is greatly influenced by the work of her mentor Susan Klein.As a dance maker she has created works for bus stops, woman’s prisons, hallways, staircases, outdoor spaces and traditional theaters. Her dance film, “chloes”, created in collaboration with Lea Fulton and videographer Greg King, was selected as part of the 2009 Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center. In 2011, she choreographed an inter-generational work called “Recollecting Disappearing”, with a commission of the MetLife Healthy Living Initiative at Dance Exchange.Recently Stephanie was awarded a Smith Scholarship Grant with which enabled her to spend two weeks at the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. She was also selected at one of nine dance artists from around the world to attend OMI International Artists Residency 2012.  This Fall her project received the $1000 DC Kitchen of Innovation grant.

Class description: This class will focus on grounding into the floor, connecting to space and tuning into each other. Warm up will include laughter, sweat and use of the imagination. Over the course of four classes an across the floor sequence will be developed as well as a dynamic center floor phrase that plays with shifting weight. Partnering and contact improvisation may also make their way into the class structure. All are welcome. Tell your friends, its going to be delicious!

About Sarah Levitt

Sarah Levitt (Resident Artist/Communications Coordinator) is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Maryland.