Stephanie L. Dorrycott, a lifelong dancer, is inspired by the emotional responses people achieve through movement and strives to incorporate that aspect into every class she teaches and into every choreographic work she presents. Her earliest training was deeply rooted in ballet from The Center for Ballet Arts in Fairfax, VA, where she was a member of The Ballet Arts Ensemble, a performing company with Regional Dance America. In 2008 Stephanie was awarded a full scholarship to study at Lou Conte Dance Studio in Chicago, IL, training extensively in ballet, modern, and jazz from many leading professionals. Stephanie holds a BFA in Dance from Shenandoah University, and graduated with the Excellence in Choreography Award in 2009. In 2011, her work for The Ballet Arts Ensemble, Holding On, Letting Go, received the Monticello Award for best emerging choreography through Regional Dance America. As a result of the award she attended the CRAFT of Choreography Conference on full scholarship under the direction of Janis Brenner. Her work has been seen on Dancin Unlimited Jazz Company, Metropolitan Youth Ballet, iMpulse Youth Jazz Dance Company, Inwood Dance Company, City Dance Center, Step Afrika, and Shenandoah Dance Ensemble. Currently Stephanie is the Artistic Director for Motion X Dance DC, presenting work in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, and New York City. Her company has presented critically acclaimed pieces at TEDx Herndon, Capital Fringe Festival, and Atlas Intersections Festival. Stephanie is currently an adjunct professor of modern dance at Shenandoah University, the Jazz Department Chair and Conservatory Coordinator at Metropolitan School of the Arts, and is the Associate Director for Greater Washington Dance Center.
Jazz and Contemporary