Stephanie Deere was born and raised in sunny Southern California, where she began her dance training at the age of 3 under the Caspary family. She went on to graduate with honors with a B.A. in dance from the University of California, Irvine where she studied under notable choreographers such as Loretta Livingston, Lisa Naugle, Molly Lynch, Diane Diefenderfer, Jodi Gates, and Sharon Wray. Stephanie moved to New York City when she was hired as a company member with Undertoe Dance Project. She has freelanced with many New York based dance companies, including Delineation Dance, The Pic PAC, Reject Dance Theatre, and The Flowers Project.
Stephanie founded MachineHDance 4 years ago in order to have a professional and collaborative outlet for her choreographic interests. Since then, the company has grown rapidly, performing at various festivals in the city including Take Root at Greenspace, the Sans Limites Dance Spring Season, and Dance Astoria. In addition to participating in festivals, Stephanie self-produced three productions in 2016, including MachineHDance’s first outreach program, INterACTION, with grant funding from the Queens Council on the Arts.
In addition to her choreographic and performative work, Stephanie teaches regularly in the tri-state area. She is currently on faculty at Breaking Ground Dance Center in Pleasantville, where she also directs the dance team, Reflexions Dance and Fitness in Queens, and New York Performing Arts Center in Harrison. Stephanie is the co-founder of MachineH Moves, a total mind, body, spirit approach to fitness that blends dance, yoga and calisthenic exercises for a full body, therapeutic, and above all, blissful sweat session.