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Stephanie Walz

STEPHANIE WALZ began taking ballet at the Degrasse Dance Studio in Virginia, and following, trained at the Washington School of Ballet under Mary Day for seven years. She also attended the American Ballet Theatre School of Classical Ballet under Mikhail Baryshnikov, as well as The School of American Ballet and other programs. She is the recipient of a number of awards including scholarships from the Princess Grace Foundation, the USA International Ballet Competition at Jackson, Mississippi, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Ms. Walz also received first prizes at the National Society of Arts and Letters, and Prix de Lausanne competitions, and was honored to attend the Golden Plate Awards. In 1991, President Bush named her a presidential Scholar in the Arts recognizing her artistic and academic achievements. She danced with the American Ballet Theatre for eight years, where she was featured in many prominent classical and contemporary roles. She then joined Maximum Dance Company for eight years as a principle dancer and has, throughout her career, appeared internationally as a guest artist and teacher. She is currently working on her BA through the LEAP program with St. Mary's College of California. Stephanie is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Bringing her career full circle, Ms. Walz is happy to be beginning her fifth season at The Washington School of Ballet, her first as a member of the full time faculty. Ms.Walz has taught students at every level in the school, through the professional company. Ms. Walz is married to The Washington Ballet's Associate Artistic Director, David Palmer, and they are proud parents of a baby girl, Sydney Isabella Palmer.