Eva L. Stone received a BFA in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University. After completing a Master of Arts degree in Choreography and Choreological Studies from the Laban Centre in London, England, she formed The Stone Dance Collective, a modern dance company. Eva relocated to Seattle in 1995, re-established her company, and began an extensive teaching and lecturing career throughout the Puget Sound. She is currently on faculty at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Spectrum Dance Theater, in addition to teaching frequently as a guest instructor.
Eva’s approach to choreography evolved from learning the art form in reverse, choreography before technique, and is unique with its intent based in humor and authentic human connection and emotion. Her work has been presented at On the Boards, Men in Dance, Bumbershoot, and the Seattle International Dance Festival, and she has created work for Spectrum Dance Theater, Seattle Dance Project, Bellingham Repertory Dance, NewDance Company, South Bay Ballet, Mid-Columbia Ballet, and Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Eva recently received a commission from Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Art Museum to choreograph a work with Au Collective for Sculptured Dance, a site-specific dance event at Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park. Her work has premiered in New York, London, Geneva, Montreal, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Her other projects include assisting Donald Byrd for the Seattle Opera production of Aida and choreographing over 25 musical theatre productions.
Eva is also the producer and curator of CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work, an annual contemporary dance festival held in Bellevue, Washington. This highly anticipated event brings the best of local, national, and international contemporary dance companies and artists together for a unique series of performances, lectures, and master classes. Visit chopshopdance.org for more information.