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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 (Brigade), Ben Stevenson (The Nutcracker), George Balanchine (Serenade), Gerald Arpino (Reflections), Marius Petipa (excerpts from Don Quixote, Paquita, Raymonda, Sleeping Beauty), August Bournonville (Napoli, Konservatoriet), Garrett Smith, Tyler Walters, Julie Janus Walters, Carmen Rozestraten, Jane Weiner, and Julianna Rubio Slager.

Photo by Tyler Minnesma

Photo by Tyler Minnesma

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.

Currently, Stephanie is dancing professionally as a Lead Artist with Chicago-based Ballet 5:8 and performing across the US. In addition, she also enjoys teaching for Ballet 5:8’s Trainee Program, School of the Arts, and Summer Intensive, as well as creating and managing content for Ballet 5:8’s marketing and social media.