Spokane, WA 99218
Avril Stevenson is originally from Missoula, Montana. She started dancing at the age of eight with Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre. Miss Stevenson received her BA in Dance from The University of Montana, in 2004. In 2001 and 2002 she danced with a group of students and faculty from the University of Montana in “Missoula Dances,” an independently produced community concert. From 2000-2005, she performed in seventeen pieces in the University of Montana’s Dance Showcases, as well as, four pieces in the University of Montana’s Site Specific Concerts. She performed in the University of Montana Spring Dance Concerts in five pieces from 2001-2004, including her senior choreography project, “Ideograph,” this piece was chosen as the highlight of the Arts Department Commencement Ceremony in 2004.
Miss Stevenson professional dance experience started when she was hired to perform and choreograph in the O’Shaughnessy Center production, “Of the Heart,” Feb. 2005 in Whitefish Mt. She co-produced two dance concerts at the Union Hall in Missoula, Mt “Woven Images” April 2004 and “An Arm and a Leg,” in July 2005. She performed as well as choreographed in these concerts. While living in the Bay Area, Avril Stevenson perform for Teena Diggs/Diggs Dance Theatre in 2005, Dance Elixir in 2006, Dark Porch Theater in 2007, Aura Fishbeck & Company in 2007, and Pfeifle Dance Project from 2006-2008.
In 2006 Miss Stevenson started training with Ellie Herman in San Francisco and began student teaching training hours in February 2007 at Ellie Herman’s Studio/The Center in Oakland and continued teaching there until March 2009. October 2007- March 2009, she taught at Ironworks rock gym in Berkeley. Avril Stevenson makes a point to continue to grow as a teacher by taking continuing education classes, such as movement medicine with Nora St. John. Currently, teaching at the University of Montana and is the proud owner of Studio D Pilates.