Stephanie Ballard is a critically acclaimed choreographer, personal coach and dance educator whose work has garnered the prestigious Clifford E. Lee Award, the Jean A. Chalmers Award and the Canada Council for the Arts Jacqueline Lemieux Prize. She has been affiliated with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers for forty five years and acted as Artistic Advisor for the Rachel Browne Tribute Tour in Jan 2013. As Artistic Advisor, Company Manager and Choreographer for the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation she toured extensively in Asia, the U.S., Canada and Europe. Ballard has a Masters Degree in Therapeutic Counselling and was mentored by Maria Gomori She is Artist in Residence and Archivist for the School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Program and is Artistic Advisor for Peter Quanz and QDance. She is on Royal Winnipeg Ballet ‘s Programing Committee and and is an active member of The Canadian Dance Alliance. As Director of the Winnipeg Dance Preservation Initiative she plays an active role in advocating for Dance in Manitoba and throughout Canada.