Dawn Stoppiello

With composer/media artist Mark Coniglio, choreographer, dancer and media artist Dawn Stoppiello is co-founder of Troika Ranch, a New York City based dance theater company committed integrating forms of dance, theater and interactive digital media.
Stoppiello's choreography reflects her keen interest in visual rhythm, kinetic complexity and non-linear motion. An examination of the changing state of the human body as it responds to the increasingly technological world that surrounds it is a reoccurring and underlying theme in her works.
Stoppiello began her career in Portland, Oregon at the Jefferson High School for the Performing Arts. She received a BA in dance from California Institute of the Arts in 1989. During her undergraduate studies she was honored with a Princess Grace Foundation scholarship (1987) and performed professionally with Jazz Tap Ensemble and Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble. After graduation, she became a member of the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company where she remained until 1992.
Stoppiello has taught on the dance faculty of Loyola Marymount University, Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. She has been commissioned to set works on students at Point Park University, George Washington University, Brown University and the New York State Summer School for the Arts, among others. Her article “Flesh Motor” about her experience with dance and technology is printed in Women, Art and Technology, MIT Press / Leonardo Art Journal (2003). She is a proud recipient of a 2004 Princess Grace Foundation Statue Award for continued excellence in dance. (See photos of Dawn receiving the award.) http://www.troikaranch.org/




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