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On April 19, 2016

Stephanie Guiland

Stephanie Guiland began her dance studies at 3 years of age in Queens, NY.

Her training consists of study at The Joffrey Ballet School in NYC as a trainee, Laguardia HS of the Performing Arts, ballet with Madame Gabriela Taub- Darvash and spent a summer on scholarship at Dance Theater of Harlem. She studied jazz with the legendary Frank Hatchett, freelanced in the commercial music industry dancing for groups such as P.M.Dawn, Salt N Pepa, Lisa Stansfield, and Monie Love and competed twice on the national television show, Star Search. She joined Donald Byrd/ The Group in 1992 and also became an original member of Complexions in 1993 for their debut concert. Nonetheless, It was with Mr. Byrd’s NYC company that she grew from dancer to artist. She acted as Mr. Byrd’s assistant on numerous occasions and projects and became rehearsal director for the company in 2002. After the folding of the company in 2003 she retired from the stage and returned to school. In 2004, Mr. Byrd approached her to help in the process of his choreography for The Color Purple headed for Broadway at the time. After much work and proving of her capabilities she became the Dance Captain for Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple in 2005.

She has served as Mr. Byrd’s assistant on many of his works. She re-staged Burlesque on AAADT, assisted Dana Hash-Campbell on setting Mr. Byrd’s A Dance at the Gym for AAADT, and rejoined forces with her to set Shards for AAADT second company. Stephanie assisted Mr. Byrd on the creation and setting of Longing for the Cincinnati Ballet and has worked extensively with Spectrum Dance Theater from the time Mr. Byrd assumed his position as Artistic Director for the Seattle based company in 2003.  She had been fortunate enough to recover after many knee surgeries stemming from an ACL tear 20 years ago only to rediscover her time on stage was not completed. She is honored to have been an ensemble member for Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway in 2008 and was fortunate enough to be asked by Disney to participate in the running of the Lion King Cub School in 2010. She went on to tour with The First National Tour of The Color Purple and served as the Associate Choreographer for Mr. Byrd with the same production. After the completion of this production she went on to assist Mr. Byrd yet again on the Equity Workshop of White Noise which was performed in New Orleans and slated to open on Broadway in 2009. During the summer of 2011, after the discovery that she was expecting her first child she was in Seattle with Mr. Byrd yet again assisting him on the setting of his choreography for the distinguished 5th avenue company’s production of  Oklahoma.

In 2014 she set one of Mr. Byrd’s pieces on the Joffrey Concert Dance Group and the Jazz and Contemporary program.

Stephanie has been a working ACE certified personal trainer since 2003 and continues to investigate the fitness and wellness fields. She is a certified Zumba instructor, TRX suspension system trainer, CPR certified, has worked with Dance Theater of Harlem’s Dancing Through Barriers program, and is certified in ABT’s National Training Curriculum for Pre-Primary through level Three. She has served as an Artist in Residence and as Adjunct Professor in Dance at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus during the years of 2011-2014 and is one of the founding teachers at the Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center where she heads the ballet department and serves as program director for the Young Performers Companies. She has taught at the Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center and The Joffrey Ballet School’s Jazz and Contemporary Summer Intensive. She assisted Mr. Byrd with his work in 2015 on the Joffrey Ballet Summer intensive, and works frequently with Spectrum Dance Theater where she continues to set pieces on the company.

Stephanie is the founder and creator of The Kick My Assets KMABootcamp.

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