Stephanie’s involvement in dance is fueled by her passion and training in jazz, contemporary, ballet and Ukrainian. Stephanie is the artistic director and choreographer of Viva Dance, a contemporary company based in Edmonton. Viva Dance is known for creating and presenting highly emotive yet accessible dance art with the perfect combination of athleticism and artistry. The company has performed in over 100 shows since 2012 including Fringe Festivals across Canada and the US, Western Canada Fashion Week, the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree, the City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence Awards, Women of Vision Awards, Feats Festival, Skirt Afire Festival, corporate events, fundraisers and various shows to promote dance programs in Edmonton Public Schools. The company has donated their dance art to help raise funds and awareness for the Stollery Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Wish Foundation, the University of Alberta’s Mental Health Symposium and others.
In addition to many commissioned works, Viva Dance has presented 3 full length shows. Can’t Contain My Dance in the 2013 Edmonton Fringe Festival had the single highest attended show at the entire festival. Dreamscape: Our Dreams Told Through Dance toured 5 Fringe Festivals and was awarded the Critics Choice Award for Best Dance Show as well as reviewed with 5 stars. Sweet Nothings was a Valentine’s hit at the Art Gallery of Alberta showcasing 8 original love themed works.
Stephanie is the dance coordinator for the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. Along with choreographing and casting dancers, she also performs in this prestigious show. Stephanie was part of the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers as a dancer, choreographer and artistic consultant for 5 years. She completed a 23 show China tour and a 20 show Canadian tour. Stephanie danced in Citie Ballet and Freefall and has also performed with the Edmonton Opera. She has collaborated with the Movement Dance Ensemble, an Afro-Caribbean dance company, as a choreographer and performer. Stephanie is a faculty member of Orchesis, the University of Alberta’s dance club, where she has been teaching contemporary jazz since 2008. To her credit, she has performed for both Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line and has appeared in countless industry productions as a dancer and model.
As an adjudicator, Stephanie has judged the Zirka Dance Challenge, the Vitaemo Ukrainian Dance Festival, the Camrose Music Festival, the Kalyna Festival, the Northern Star Talent Quest, the Drumheller Music Festival as well as the Athabasca Dance Festival. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education (B.PE) as well as her Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). Although an experienced teacher and performer, she continues to be a student herself in both dance and yoga.