Holly Stone is a dancer, choreographer, engineer, film-maker, and educator currently living in Lawrence, MA.
Holly is creatively driven to unify her artistic and scientific interests. They graduated with degrees in Bioengineering and Neuroscience from Syracuse University in 2014, and worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb 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 the question: How does human consciousness emerge from discrete, repetitive building blocks?
Holly has also choreographed and directed a wide variety of other works, including productions for theatre, opera, concert dance, and more. 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 educator across a wide variety of settings, bringing energy and skill 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 they developed her 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.