photo: Paul H. Taylor

photo: Paul H. Taylor

Stefanie Nelson’s work as a director/choreographer has been described as “instinctual, untamed, and edgy” (Eva Yaa Asantewaa). Her intuitive approach distills deeply personal ideas into highly kinetic, expressive and provocative works that are rooted in cross-media collaboration with artists working in music, video and visual arts.

Nelson studied dance with many distinguished educators, including Alice Teirstein and JuMay Chu, and entered the dance field as a performer, notably as a soloist with Anna Sokolow’s Player’s Project (1994-2002) and Wendy Osserman Dance Company (1999-2002).

She cites Merce Cunningham and Viola Farber techniques as influences. Dividing her time between New York City and Europe, she is an accomplished teacher as well as the founder and artistic director of DANCE ITALIA, an annual summer dance intensive in Agropoli and Lucca, now entering its 9th season, where Nelson has spent much time as an artist in residence. She teaches classes in Creative Movement and has been a guest teacher at many studios and educational institutions worldwide.

Having danced with many local New York City choreographers, Nelson makes independent choreographic projects. She also worked as a choreographer on the feature film Plan-B, starring Diane Keaton.

Nelson recently served as a Choreography panelist for New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowships, where she was also recently selected as an 'Emerging Leader' in the field of dance, for a year-long mentorship in Arts Administration.