Photos by Stephanie Liapis

Photos by Stephanie Liapis

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Stephanie Liapis

Stephanie Liapis’ professional career in the performing arts spans over twenty years. Her performance experience includes work with revered New York companies, Doug Varone & Dancers and Nicholas Leichter Dance, Susan Marshall & Company, Nancy Bannon, the MET Ballet, Netta Yerushalmy, and in Seattle, the Chamber Dance Company. She has taught extensively across the country and abroad including, Long Island University-Brooklyn (Assistant Professor), Texas Women's University, the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, 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, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Velocity Dance Center. Stephanie 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. Stephanie also presents original research in writing and speaking about dance with her collaborator Jennifer Salk of the UW and recently co-authored an article with Donna Jo Napoli of Swarthmore College comparing sign language and dance. 

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. While in graduate school she received the Bonderman Fellowship, an eight-month solo travel award, that took her around the world. Stephanie is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Swarthmore College.