Stephanie Rutherford is an award winning choreographer and teacher based out of Toronto, Canada. Having a theatre major from the University of Winnipeg and extensive training in all forms of dance, Stephanie has managed to create an established career in the industry primarily focused in directing and choreographing commercial and contemporary dance . Stephanie is known to create an environment for dancers that demands them to be expressively open and artistically pushed. In turn, she has received much recognition in both professional, convention and competitive environments for her thought provoking work . She is the Artistic Director and founder of the company “Rutherford Movement Exchange” as well, the host of RME’s annual elite dance intensive. Stephanie was selected as a finalist for the Capezio Ace Awards for Choreographic Excellence in New York City 2016, where she presented her work to an esteemed panel of choreographers and directors. She has traveled to Vietnam as an international choreographer for HTV’s So You Think You Can Dance Vietnam – Season 3, where she choreographed during top 10 and 8 week. On the show, she also presented an original RME choreographic work that was performed by “All Stars” from season 1 and 2 as a guest performance in the results show. Stephanie directed and choreographed the show “Ascension- The act of rising to a higher level ” (Rutherford Movement Exchange’s company show 2013) as well as her company show “UNREFINED” in 2009. She proudly was the choreographer and coach for Team Canada 2016 -Modern World Dance Championships, where her team brought home 4 golds, 3 silvers and a bronze medal.
Other Choreography credits include: Manulife “Stars of Tomorrow” Global Awards Show (Debut Group), General Motors National Car Show (Diversified Productions), The Next Step (Family Channel,Temple Street Productions- Duet Usage), Treasure Island (Diversified Theatre), Puss and Boots (Diversified Theatre), Andrew Austin “Disappear” Music Video, # 1 music video on AUX TV (Director Gary Samson), Lynzie Kent “Whoop De Doo” Music Video (Bull Dog Productions), Melissa Oneil (Canadian Idol Winner), Elana Juatco, Paul McQuilliam (General Motors Show), Scotia Bank Charity Gala (Entertainment Exchange, Arlene Dickenson), Pennies From Heaven Charity Gala (Armstrong Wealth Consultant). As well as local events such as, Toronto’s Choreographers Ball, Fever After Dark, TD-Pride Main Stage and Toronto’s Women In Dance.
Stephanie teaches for various dance conventions across Canada and practices her art through freelance choreography, professional job opportunities and collaborative projects with other local artists. She continues to share and explore her passion with artists of all ages, and is always looking for inspirational ways to evolve her craft!