Holly Stone is a dancer, choreographer, engineer, film-maker, and educator currently in Lawrence, MA. Holly is creatively driven to unify their artistic and scientific lives. They graduated with degrees in Bioengineering and Neuroscience from Syracuse University in 2014, and worked as a chemical engineer until 2017. They left the private sector to pursue an MFA in Performance and Choreography at Florida State University (FSU). Their thesis work, Strange Loops, uses contemporary dance and theatrical projection design to ask: How does human consciousness emerge from discrete, repetitive building blocks?
Holly has choreographed and directed a wide variety of work, including theatre, opera, and film. Their backgrounds in classical and contemporary ballet, as well as their professional ballroom dance career allow them to move seamlessly between genres and to challenge expectations of gender and partnership. Holly is an experienced educator, bringing dance to all levels from academia to community centers. They were the founding coach to the Syracuse University Ballroom Team from 2012-2017, and at FSU and Tufts University they have developed their own Ballroom Dance course that prioritizes equitable partnering and cultural literacy to non-major dance students. They also teach ballet, and strives to synthesize performance quality with technical excellence across all ability levels.