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Belhaven alum gains arts grant

Stephanie Miracle_rgbStephanie Miracle was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Research Grant to study dance in Germany. This prestigious grant enables her to spend a year at Folkwang University, studying the lineage and legacy of Pina Bausch. Bausch is one of Germany’s most influential choreographers of the 20th century and his dance company, Tanztheater Wuppertal, is world-renown.

Dancers at Folkwang University go through daily technique classes that are more traditional in form. Miracle believes this new training is broadening her education in dance, and she adds that the style of training “strongly contrasts” her experiences in working as a contemporary dancer in New York City and Washington, D.C.

After Belhaven, Miracle and her husband Jimmy moved to New York City where she worked as a freelance dancer with many companies and choreographers including Deganit Shemy, Elizabeth Dishman, Ella Ben Aharon, Avodah Dance Ensemble, David Dorfman, Laura Peterson, Shannon Gillen, Susan Marshall and Deborah Hay.

In 2011 she moved to Washington D.C. where she worked with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and then in 2014, she earned her MFA in Dance at University of Maryland. Along side graduate school she received several choreography commissions and was awarded travel grants to Mexico and Austria. For the past three years she also danced for Pearsonwidrig Dance Theatre and toured to various cities and internationally to Russia.

As a choreographer, she has created works for bus stops, women’s prisons, hallways, staircases, gardens and traditional theaters as well as dance for camera. Stephanie’s choreography has been presented at Rooftop Dances, 100 Grand, Triskelion Arts, Round House Theater, Dance Place, Clarice Smith Center, Supernova and Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center.

“I am unbelievably grateful for the opportunities I have been given,” said Miracle. “Staying committed to my calling as an artist has lead me on difficult paths that don’t come with many material pleasures, but God has always provided for me and I am very thankful.”

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