photo by Kim Gray


Stephanie Leathers is a photographer, choreographer, artist, feminist, educator, maker of things (dance and otherwise) and Durham native. Stephanie is a former member of Renay Aumiller Dances (NC), Elojes Dance Theater (NYC), and John Gamble Dance Theater (NC) and performer in the Off-Broadway production of the Time Machine (NYC). She has also had the pleasure of performing with Mark Dendy, David Dorfman Dance (in underground), Gerri Houlihan, Kirby Reed and B.J. Sullivan. She holds a Master’s in Dance Theories and Practices from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As an undergraduate, Stephanie studied at Columbia College Chicago and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her early dance training and movement studies began at Giordano Dance Chicago, Lou Conte Dance, and the Paul Taylor School. Stephanie has taught in public schools and studios across North Carolina, as a guest artist for Ballet Ketchikan (Alaska), Capitol Movement (Washington, D.C,) among others, and served as a panelist for Tobacco Road Dance Productions. Her work has been presented in numerous galleries and showcases throughout North Carolina, Washington, D.C and NYC. Stephanie is the curator of SITES, a site-responsive investigation in public transitional spaces in Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill/Carrboro. Currently, Stephanie teaches a variety of movement styles/techniques at ADF’s Scripps Studios, in the community and is a dance educator for Durham Public Schools.

Behind the lens...

Her photography is an accumulation of curiosities and responses, which provides a window into subjects often overlooked in our familiar world. Working with available light and diverse subject matter, and using both abstract and scenic landscapes sparks, within me, the desire to capture, deconstruct and reveal an, otherwise hidden, story.

Behind the movement...

Stephanie is the curator of SITES, a site-responsive investigation in public transitional spaces in Durham. For more than 7 years now, Stephanie has been investigating the rapid changes of development through SITES, an ongoing SITE-specific performance series in Durham and surrounding communities. A necessary expansion of SITES, in Raleigh and Chapel Hill/Carrboro, invites new artists, familiar landscapes and critical questions surrounding its research. How are we present with others (community) and ourselves? How do we illuminate tensions between the human body and the civic landscape we're so rapidly revising? The sustainability of SITES  depends on those who show up, and invest in the work. Let us always create where art can exist in the streets, alleyways and dilapidated buildings, without becoming sterile, conventional or exclusive.


in the classroom...

As an educator, I aim to encourage creative expression through movement, investigation and development of artistic ideas through improvisation, writing, use of technology, understanding of dance technique, and performance regardless of previous experience. Understanding that the art form is wide and varied, students will learn to explore dance from multiple perspectives (cultural and historical). Dance is not just about learning movement but being able to speak, read, write and view intelligently. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to establish a community and a safe place to explore new or familiar ideas that relate to the world.