Holly Stone is a dancer, choreographer, engineer, film-maker, and educator currently living in Tallahassee, FL.
Holly is creatively driven to unify her artistic and scientific interests. She graduated with degrees in Bioengineering and Neuroscience from Syracuse University in 2014, and worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb as a chemical engineer until 2017. She left the private sector to pursue an MFA in Performance and Choreography at Florida State University (FSU). Her 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 FSU Theater, FSU Opera, regional Florida theater, works in FSU’s Dance of Dance series, and more. Her backgrounds in classical and contemporary ballet, as well as her professional ballroom dance career allow her 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. She was the founding coach to the Syracuse University Ballroom Team from 2012-2017, and at FSU she has developed her own Ballroom Dance course that prioritizes equitable partnering and cultural literacy to non-major dance students. She also teaches ballet, and strives to synthesize performance quality with technical excellence across all ability levels.