Stefania is an Italian/Brazilian dance artist, performer, and rehearsal & movement director based in Leeds, Uk. She trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she graduated with a First Class honours degree in 2015. She then progressed her professional training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance by taking part in the post-graduate performing company VERVE where she received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2016.

Since graduating, Stefania has had the pleasure of working with wonderful artists in the different fields of the dance and performing industry, including: dance theatre & contemporary dance, inclusive dance, immersive theatre, site specific, digital dance, multi-sensory concerts, mass community projects and dance films. Within her dance career, she has mostly been involved in working as a freelance dance artist, devising, performing and touring works worldwide. She has worked with small, medium and big scale companies like: Michael Keegan-Dolan (Teać Damsa), Gary Clarke Company, Public Acts (National Theatre), Léa Tirabasso, Rebecca Evans (Pell Ensemble), Anton Lachky, Valentina Golfieri, Jamaal Burkmar (Extended Play), Douglas Thorpe (mad dogs dance theatre), Susanne Thomas (Seven Sisters Group), Jaz Woodcock-Stewart (Antler Theatre) and Wayne McGregor (ABBA Voyage).

Stefania is a versatile dancer and is known for a strong stage presence and the ability to create a unique and original embodiment. Her dance practice interests lie in the use of improvisation, both as a devising tool and in performance itself. She enjoys engaging and playing with the present moment stimulus, and physical & mental states — She has a predilection for moving from a place of instinct, feeling, and sensation. She also truly enjoys playing with text and character building work.

As a maker Stefania’s work is issue-based, she wants to address human-social conditions and find ways to use dance as activism to invite and create conversation around taboo and stigmatized topics. She believes deeply in the transformative power of dance and the arts. More info about her choreographic journey here.

Stefania also covers the role of Social Media Manager and Digital Content Creator for Mobius Dance, Coda Dance Company and mad dogs dance theatre. She designs and creates digital marketing material such as: social media content, posters, flyers and post-cards; curates, maintains and develops the social media pages and websites; and she designs and creates the companies’ newsletters.

Stefania is a guest teacher at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, where she teaches dance technique classes & career session on how to be a self-employed artist, invoicing and bookkeeping.

Photos: Rebecca Evans and Danilo Moroni