Stephanie Miracle

Assistant Professor
BA Advisor
Stephanie Miracle is an international choreographer and teaching artist investigating the intersections between the ordinary/seen and imagined/unseen landscapes. Her process is dedicated to the concept of abundant possibility found within awareness and play in the everyday setting. These works manifest through site-specific happenings, sound installations, experimental films, and live stage performances.

Stephanie's choreography has been described as “iconic and nuanced…with an irreverence that makes you smile unconsciously” (Rick Westerkamp review of GROOVE, 2014). Her projects have been presented in Germany, Italy, Mexico, Turkey, Hungary, Ireland, Russia, New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, by various institutions including MetLife Foundation, Exchange Festival, Dance Place, Supernoval Festival, Open Look Festival, Performatica, Belhaven University, ES WIRD SOGAR SCHÖN, Barnes Crossing, Fiktiva Festival, kunstOrteleven, Santa Barbara Dance Theatre, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and WAM! Festival. Other awards include the Smith Scholarship Grant to attend ImPulsTanz in 2012, dance artist-in-residence at Omi International Dance Residency 2012, Guest Mentor of Omi Dance in 2016, DC Innovation grant in 2013, Bates Dance Festival Merit Scholarship 2013, Goldhaber Travel Scholarship 2014, and NextNOW 2014, Interdisciplinary Humanities Grant 2018, Trust for Mutual Understanding 2019, Public Arts CIC 2020, and Arts Across Borders 2021. Her collaborative piece Drafting Plan was awarded Best Duo at Barnes Crossing Festival 2015 in Cologne and at the 2016 SzoloDuo Festival in Budapest. 

She has been an artist in residence at Keshet Arts, Omi International, kunstOrt_eleven, and Socrates Sculpture Park. Her dance films have been shown at Lincoln Center Dance for Camera, EnCore: Dance on Film, Reutlingen Museum, Iowa International Dance Festival, Athens Experimental Film Fest, and RAD Dance Fest. Her most recent experimental film project, MAMMAL HALL, was created with Auden-Lincoln Vogel, Ramin Roshandel, and UI dancers while in residence at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History. 

A 2014/15 German Fulbright Fellow in the Performing Arts, Stephanie has focused her research on the embodied practice of tanztheater. Examples of her field work include intensively studied Jooss-Leeder technique, learned repertory from Pina Bausch with the Tanztheater Wuppertal, studied Inner Suspension with Susanne Linke, and worked on a new creation with Reinhild Hoffmann. Her research is searching for intersections between Klein Technique™ and European tanztheater specifically in dynamic use of space and expression through the body.

As a performer she has had the privilege of dancing professionally for Deganit Shemy, Laura Peterson, Shannon Gillen/Vim Vigor, David Dorfman Dance, Joseph Poulson, Susan Marshall and Company, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Graham Brown, Rodolpho Leoni, Henrietta Horn, PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, and Deborah Hay. In 2015, she joined as a full-time company member with the Folkwang Tanzstudio/FTS and from 2018 - 2019 she was the company’s choreographer in residence. 

She is the director of FAKERS CLUB (2015 - present), an international ensemble research project that creates live-cinema performances in public spaces, and frequently works in collaboration with Carla Jordao (PT), Idil Kemer (TU), Paola Ponti (IT), Giovanni Impellizzieri (IT)Anna Shchekleina (RU), Jason Snell (US) and others. Through the support of an Iowa Arts Council Resilience Grant ‘21/’22, she will continue her collaboration with Steven Willis and Ramin Roshandel on an expanded version of The Parking Space, an interactive listening piece for a humble parking ramp in downtown Iowa City.

Stephanie holds an MFA in dance (2014) from the University of Maryland and a BA in dance from Belhaven University (2004). She became a certified teacher of Klein Technique™ in 2017 and regularly teaches workshops nationally and internationally. She is in her third year as a visiting assistant professor of dance at University of Iowa.

Research interests

  • Tanztheater
  • German Modern Dance
  • Jooss-Leeder methody
  • International trends in contemporary dance
  • Klein Technique™
  • Film studies
  • Site-specific choreography and performance in public spaces
  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration

Courses taught

  • Majors Modern/Contemporary I, II, III, IV
  • Beginning Modern
  • Intermediate Modern
  • Body/Image
  • Choreography II
Research areas
  • Choreography
Portrait of Stephanie Miracle
MFA, Dance, University of Maryland

University of Iowa
W107 Halsey Hall (HH)
Iowa City, IA 52245
United States