Stephanie Risser Loveira began her dance training at what is now Lancaster School of Ballet in Lancaster, PA. There she studied the Cecchetti Method of ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. Stephanie then attended the University of Hartford/School of the Hartford Ballet BFA program, where she had many opportunities to perform, and the chance to work with the Hartford Ballet. After graduating with a BFA in Dance Pedagogy, she returned to Lancaster where she taught for Lancaster School of Ballet and worked with Ballet Theater of Lancaster. Stephanie also began studying ballroom dancing. She continued her ballroom training after she moved to Connecticut to teach at the School of Dance Connecticut. Along with teaching ballet to ages 3-15, Stephanie was also the children’s rehearsal coordinator for Adam Miller’s production of The Nutcracker. In 2002, she moved to Philadelphia, where as well as beginning to teach Ballroom and Latin, Stephanie started and directed a ballet program at a ballroom studio. After a short stint competing in International Latin, she began competing professionally in Hustle. Stephanie has won numerous Hustle competitions including IHSC, Disco America, MadJam, and World Hustle Championships, and was undefeated in Just Hustles in 2009. Stephanie has also recently begun competing in West Coast Swing and has worked her way up the ranks to the All-Star level, along the way winning the 2010 AANCE Jack & Jill Championships.
Along with competing, Stephanie has also been lucky enough to perform at several events and had the wonderful opportunity to work with Arte Phillips on many occasions, often serving as Dance Captain for many of his shows. She has performed at dinner shows at many events including IHSC, Disco America, New Year’s Dance Extravaganza, and Grand Pacific Dance Championships. Along with teaching in the greater Philadelphia area, Stephanie continues to teach and perform around the country. She is proud to share her versatility, personal style, and knowledge with anyone who is willing to learn!!
Stephanie continues to expand her reach by starting a Cabaret team, Stephanie and the BBs, as well as joining forces with Angela McCabe to create Sparklage Productions. Together they have produced an all girls WCS/Hustle formation team, Divalicious, as well as hosting multiple events in the Philadelphia area, including Swustlicious: The Ultimate Crossover Social.