Stephanie Orza

Dance Instructor

UC Box: A131

Stephanie Orza (Instructor: Ballet) started training with the San Francisco Ballet School at the age of seven as a scholarship student.  In her ten intensive years there she performed with the San Francisco Ballet Company in productions such as La Bayadere, Giselle and The Nutcracker, and with the SFB School in many more ballets. 


In 2003, she moved to Basel, Switzerland, to dance with the Ballet Basel Company, performing Romeo and Juliet as well as Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco and Who Cares? Stephanie moved back to the United States in July 2004 and became a guest artist with the Inland Pacific Ballet in Arturo Fernandez’s production of Dracula, dancing the lead role of Mina Murray.  She joined the Company as a Principal Dancer in 2005 and danced with I.P.B., under the direction of Victoria Koenig, for seven seasons. 


Stephanie’s dancing career has inspired her to choreograph as well.  Since 2008, she has created Love Can Damage Your Health (2011) and Tolerance (2010) for I.P.B., as well as The Other Side (2010), selected pieces of The Nutcracker (2010), and Finding Peace (2008).  Stephanie began her teaching career in 2005 with the Inland Pacific Ballet.  In 2011, Stephanie moved to Portland, Oregon.  She currently teaches at Westside Dance Academy, Allegro Dance Studio, Polaris Dance Theater, Center for Movements Arts, and The Portland Ballet.