STEPHANIE JOE is passionate about inspiring others through artistic expression, creating reflective experiences, and opening avenues for honest dialogue through the arts.
A native Houstonian, Stephanie trained pre-professionally at the Houston Ballet Academy and had the opportunity to perform with Houston Ballet and Houston Ballet II. She spent summers training on merit scholarship with Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School (NYC), and attended the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Program in 2015. During the summer of 2013, Stephanie attended Boston Ballet’s Choreographic Intensive where she worked with Helen Pickett, Thaddeus Davis, and Tanya Wideman-Davis. Stephanie has performed works by choreographers including Stanton Welch, Ben Stevenson, George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Marius Petipa, August Bournonville, Garrett Smith, Tyler Walters, Julie Janus Walters, and Julianna Rubio Slager.
In 2016, Stephanie joined Chicago-based Ballet 5:8, touring across the US performing the company’s original repertoire. She was promoted to Solo Artist in 2017 and to Lead Artist in 2018, and was featured in soloist and principal roles in Ballet 5:8’s repertoire, including The Space in Between (a one-act contemporary ballet inspired by C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce), Four Seasons of the Soul, Compass, and full-length ballet/film hybrid Scarlet (inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel The Scarlet Letter).
In addition to dancing professionally with Ballet 5:8, Stephanie created and managed content for the company’s marketing and social media, building and polishing the company’s brand and social media presence, expanding the company's audience base in new touring cities, along with directing, filming, and editing promo videos for the company and its training programs.
Stephanie has taught ballet to dancers of all ages and levels of experience across the US, and has recently served as an instructor for Ballet 5:8’s Trainee Program, School of the Arts, and Summer Intensive. She enjoys coaching ballet dancers with an emphasis on genuine artistry, precise technique, and dynamic musicality and energy.
Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University where she pursued interdisciplinary studies in business, dance, and design, graduating cum laude with distinction in dance. During her time at Duke, she choreographed several main stage works including ...yet there is hope (2013), hear | here (2014), [be]yond (2015), and - at present - (2016). In 2013, Stephanie co-founded Duke Ballet Company (now Devils en Pointe), the university’s first student-run ballet company, and served as artistic director, ballet mistress, and resident choreographer through 2016.