Stephanie Liapis’ professional career in the performing arts spans nearly twenty years including work with revered New York City companies, Doug Varone & Dancers, Nicholas Leichter Dance, Susan Marshall & Company, NancyBannon, the MET Ballet, Netta Yerushalmy and Aquila Theater among others. She has taught extensively across the country and abroad. She served as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Long Island University-Brooklyn, and Lecturer or Guest Artist at Texas Women’s University, the University of Washington, Barnard College, Hunter College and SUNY Purchase College, Mimar Sinan Fine Art University (Turkey), Espacio LEM (Argentina), The American School (Switzerland), and the professional studios of Dance New Amsterdam, Mark Morris Dance Center, Gibney Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Velocity Dance Center. She continues to teach for and restage the works of Doug Varone.
Liapis’ choreographic research focuses on creating and presenting original, collaborative works often weaving in elements of digital sound and video to create a complete visual and sonic experience on stage. Her most recent collaboration involved bringing contemporary dance to the concert stage with the Harry Partch Institute at the University of Washington. Her work has been presented in New York City, Brooklyn, Seattle, Phoenix, Switzerland, Singapore, Denton, White Plains and Detroit. She is the 2018 Velocity Dance Center Artist-in-Residence in Seattle, Washington.
Stephanie received a B.F.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington. Her thesis work at the UW focused on writing embodied dance criticism for undergraduate and graduate students. In 2014, Stephanie traveled around the world for eight months exploring movement as the recipient of the UW Bonderman Fellowship. Stephanie is thrilled to join the Swarthmore faculty!