Motion X Dance DC
"As an artist and choreographer I strive to evoke emotion in the audience that promotes sensibility, projecting an element of tension that may or may not lead to a resolution or closure. I am intrigued by the internal emotional struggle that a human can experience on a daily basis, equally matched by how they cope and recover to a place of harmony and balance."
Stephanie L. Dorrycott was born outside of Washington, DC in Alexandria, VA and has been integrated in dance for as long as she can remember. It was not until age twenty, during her third year at Shenandoah University, that she grew a passion for choreography paired with a strong desire to start a professional company. Stephanie performed professionally as a freelance artist in DC in various festivals and showcases and also performed with Dancin Unlimited Jazz Company for four years. Her early training came from The Center for Ballet Arts in Fairfax, VA where she performed pre-professionally as a member of The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax. Stephanie went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Shenandoah University in 2009, earning the Excellence in Choreography Award upon graduation. Her choreography has been seen on various dance groups, including Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Dancin Unlimited Jazz Company, The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax (BAE) and Inwood Dance Company. She has also choreographed numerous solos for dancers competing in the Youth American Grand Prix. Her work Holding On, Letting Go, performed by BAE, was chosen to be presented at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association's Regional Festival '11 where it received the Monticello Award for best emerging choreography. As a result of the award, Stephanie attended the CRAFT of Choreography Conference on full scholarship. Stephanie founded her professional contemporary company, Motion X Dance DC in 2013 with a mission of expanding the audience for dance in the surrounding community. Her work on Motion X has received accolades from reviewers in DC Metro Theater Arts, DC Theatre Scene, The Huffington Post, Washington City Paper, and DC Dance Journalism Project. Motion X has produced two successful productions as part of Capital Fringe Festival and Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival. In addition, the company has performed at TEDx Herndon, Petworth Dance Project, and at The John F. Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Stephanie is currently teaching jazz and contemporary at the Metropolitan School of the Arts and is the Associate Director for Greater Washington Dance Center in Reston, VA.
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