Stephen Pier has achieved a uniquely rich and varied career as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer.
His credits as a performer include many years as a principal dancer with
José Limón Company
New York press hailed him as, ...one of the most gifted dancers on the modern dance scene today.
Stephen went on to become a leading soloist with The Hamburg Ballett performing the title roles in John Neumeiers Othello and Saint Matthews Passion and creating numerous
other major roles during his nine years with the company.
As a member of The Royal Danish Ballett for six years, Stephen had the privilege of dancing leading roles
in works of Bournonville, Balanchine, and Macmillan as well as collaborating with many of Europes finest choreographers.
He was also invited to teach both the company and the school of the Royal Danish Ballet and served as ballet master for the company from 1992-1996. He has taught on the faculty of
The Alvin Ailey School,
the Martha Graham Center,
Regional Dance America, New York International Ballet Competition and for many notable companies in Europe, America and Asia including The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Atlanta Ballet, Bat Dor,
, and the New National Theater, Tokyo. He was on the faculty of
The Juilliard School from 1996 to 2010 where he also directed the inovative Mentoring Program. Stephen continues to teach as a guest master teacher for companies and schools throughout the world including the Cedar Lake Cotemporary Ballet in NYC.
In 2004 Stephen began PierGroupDance to explore and collaborate with dancers and other artists and art forms. He has created over 30 works for the concert stage, opera, theater, and film. His work has been presented by
The Hamburg Ballett(Ger.),
The Royal Danish Ballet(Denmark), Royal Danish Theater, Royal Danish Opera, Bat Dor (Israel),
the New National Theater(Japan)
, the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, The Di Capo Opera Company (NYC), Nilas Martins Dance Company, the Dance on Film Festival at Lincoln Center and Musuc From Japan . He was selected to be part of Jacobs Pillow Choreographers Project in 1998. He co-founded and directed the emerging choreographers workshop, Danses, at the Royal Danish Ballet 1990-1996
In September 2008 Stephen started a 3-year tenure as Director of Visions and Voices:
Altria/ABT Women's Choreography Project at American Ballet Theater
In Februry 2010, Stephen was appointed Director of the Dance Division of
The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, CT.
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