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  • Rebecca Stenn

    Part-time Assistant Professor, Dance


    Office Location
    B - 65 West 11th Street

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    Rebecca Stenn


    I am now, and have always been, fascinated with movement, and the possibilities for self-expression and communication that movement holds for us. What can choreography say that verbal language cannot? How does movement give us subtext, in order to enhance our understanding of the world around is? These are the questions that my students and I explore at length. I have also always loved the magic and beauty in the world of the theater, and am constantly rewarded in sharing and discovering this anew with my students. “For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.” T.S. Eliot

    My professional training began at the Interlochen Arts Academy, followed by studies at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Earning a BFA from The Juilliard School was a natural choice for me, as my interest in collaborating with live music led me to want to study at an institution where I could fully mine those possibilities. More recently I received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. I have performed and toured throughout the world as a principal dancer with Momix (1990 to 1996) and Pilobolus (1996 to 2002). In 1996 I founded my own company, Rebecca Stennn Company, and since then we have toured to over 50 cities nationally and internationally, garnering excellent critical and popular response. I continue to produce yearly New York City seasons with the company and look forward to international tours each summer, as the company carries on our quest of broadening the boundaries and blurring the distinctions between the disciplines of dance, live music and more recently, explorations with film and projected images.

    Degrees Held

    BFA, The Juilliard School;
    MFA, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

    Professional Affiliation

    • Princeton University - Lecturer at Lewis Center of the Arts 
    • Dartmouth College - Choreographer in Residence of the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble 
    • The Juilliard School - Choreographer, Center for Innovation in the Arts
    • Momix Dance Theater
    • Pilobolus Dance Theater
    • Rebecca Stenn Company
    • Vision Into Art 
    • Lincoln Center Open Stages Program
    • The Joyce Theater - Teaching Artist
    • National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts - Dance Mentor and Choreographer
    • New Orleans Ballet Association
    • Manhattanville College – Visitng Artist in Residence (2010)
    • Stockton College – Visitng Artist in Residence (2012)
    • Montclair State University - winner of New Works Initiative Award, Artist in Residence (2013)
    • Keene State - Artist in Residence (2014)
    • University of Wisconsin, Alumni Award winner, Artist in Residence (2014)

    Recent Publications

    A Life In Dance: A Practical Guide by Rebecca Stenn and Fran Kirmser, released summer 2017




    Performances and Appearances

    Choreography for the opera Cracked Orlando, premiered at The Juilliard School, Center for Innovation in the Arts, March 2017

    New York City Season, Rebecca Stenn Company, Gowanus Loft, July 12-15, 2018

    Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH - choreography for Petroushka, collaboration between the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra and Dartmouth Dance Ensemble

    Research Interests

    I am interested in looking at modern dance as a reflection of culture and our time, and improvisation as it relates to our perception and interaction with the world at large.  Choreography is a means of furthering our understanding of the world around us and the inquiry and study of dance making as a serious art form holds constant interest and excitement for me.

    Awards And Honors

    • National Endowment for the Arts Grants
    • New York State Council for the Arts Grant
    • American Music Center Grants
    • Resident Artist Grant from The Joyce Theater Foundation
    • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee – Alumni Award
    • Montclair State University - New Works Initiative Award
    • Jewish Community Center, Stryer Family Fund Award

    Current Courses

    IHD - Tutoring
    LNGC 3916, Spring 2024

    Practical Side of Performance
    LINA 3020, Spring 2024

    Transmedia: Process & POV
    LDAN 3111, Spring 2024

    Future Courses

    IHD - Tutoring
    LNGC 3916, Fall 2024

    IHD-Harlem Dance and Education
    LDAN 2920, Fall 2024

    Performance Workshop
    LDAN 2400, Fall 2024

    Past Courses

    IHD - Tutoring
    LNGC 3916, Fall 2023

    IHD-Harlem Dance and Education
    LDAN 2920, Fall 2023

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