“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy,
a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
― Martha Graham
Stephanie Van Dooren-Eshkenazi
Dancer and Certified Yoga & Dance Instructor
Based in The Netherlands & New York
Stephanie received her dance training at The Dutch National Ballet Academy (Netherlands), and at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance (NYC) on scholarships from the Van Den Ende Foundation and Han Lammers Fonds. She danced in Graham II and was the first recipient of the Pearl Lang Award Scholarship. She graduated as a Certified Dance Teacher in 2010.
She joined NYC-based Buglisi Dance Theatre in 2010 as a dancer, and serves as Assistant Rehearsal Director in staging The Table of Silence, a Ritual for Peace with 150+ dancers at Lincoln Center Plaza, performed annually since 2011 on 9/11. With BDT, she has served as Assistant to the Director in re-staging Suspended Women at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, as well as teaching repertory workshops on tour and at home in New York City at: STEPS on Broadway, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Peridance Capezio Center and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School. She has performed Principal roles Eliza and Topsy and served as Associate Choreographer and Dance Captain in King & I at Opera North. Stephanie's further performance credits include: Michael Mao Dance, 360 Dance, Richard Move, Blakeley White-McGuire, Mary Anthony, ACB Dance, Nimbus Danceworks and Jesse Factor, among others.
Stephanie recently served as faculty for the Ailey School where she taught and choreographed for the Professional Performing Arts High School & Professional Division. She has taught at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem School, STEPS On Broadway and Peridance Capezio Center. Stephanie appeared as a Guest Teacher for the NYC Department of Education Dance Blueprint & Professional Development Day.
As a 200-RYT yoga instructor has also led the Yoga Department at Living Well Balanced on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a holistic wellness center.
When she is not in the studio or on the mat, she can be found spending time with her daughter & husband, and attending the University of Amsterdam.