Stephanie Bastos is the daughter of Bernadette Chaves Nunes and Aluizio Ribeiro Bastos, started her performance career as a child with the Miami Ballet and in her teens, became one of the founding members of the internationally acclaimed Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble of Miami, FL directed by Andrea Seidel and featured in Isadora Duncan Dance and Repertory by Princeton Book Company. As a pre-professional, she was awarded scholarships to train at American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow and Bates Dance Festival after losing her leg in a tragic car accident and subsequently retraining herself to dance with a prosthetic leg.
Since then, she has received her BFA in Dance from New World School of the Arts and has been performing, touring and teaching Contemporary Dance throughout the United States, Germany, Poland, Argentina and Brazil. She has trained with master teachers; Martha Mahr, Thomas Armour, Andrea Seidel, Julia Levien, Peter London, Donald McKayle, Chuck Davis, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Reginald Yates, Tania Santiago and Mestre King among others. Winner of the 2011 San Francisco "Izzies” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance Ensemble with Ase West Dance Theater Collective, she has also worked with the Urban Bush Women, Axis Dance Company, Deep Waters Dance Theater, Aguas Da Bahia and Ron Brown’s/ EVIDENCE as a guest performer for the “Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth”, Soundsuits exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF.
Stephanie is one of Dance for All Bodies's (DfAB) first instructors! She started teaching with DfAB in 2018, when she led a dance workshop for an amputee support group at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Since then, the DfAB team and Stephanie have been supporting each other to spread the beauty and joy of dance to all bodies.
What do you teach? Contemporary, Intro to Hip- Hop, Afro- Brazilian Contemporary.
How do you teach? I teach by beginning the class with a meditation, then I start movement by playIng an ice- breaker game that leads us to the Braindance inspired warm- up. After that, I facilitate skill building, then composing choreography and ending with a meditation. I utilize music from the African Diaspora.
What do you focus on? I focus on creativity, musicality, technique and improvisation.
What do you take inspiration from? I'm inspired by the students in my class and the energy they bring!
Who are these classes for? These classes are for anyone that wants to empower themselves by exploring their body in motion To percussive music!