Unbeknownst to most, Stephen Mark-Joseph Hill has spent most of his life entirely devoted to the performing arts. A native of New York City, It was at the age of 10 that Stephen had first received formal training in Broadway & Tap dance as a chorus member for the Boys Choir of Harlem. At the age of 11 Stephen Hill embarked on a nationwide tour with the Boys Choir of Harlem and His passion or performance would take him across the map, spanning through 45 states in US, Canada, and Japan. Since then, he's branched outside of his Broadway and jazz techniques through his adolescent years, expanding himself as a well-rounded dancer and choreographer. No stranger to performance, Stephen Hill credits his hip-hop origins and dance beginnings at the age of 4 to Mrs. Thomas and the Chama Child Development Center in Harlem. A great deal of studies is accredited to the Choir Academy of Harlem School for Performing Arts, where Hill’s formal studies in dance include Jazz and tap technique under Leslie Dockery hip hop under Sule Thompson, and Broadway performance Terrance Wright, exposure to lyrical and contemporary dance under Walter Rutledge. Stephen Hill sustained his interest in dance studying Afro-Haitian rhythms with Nubia Braithwaite at the College of Staten lsland, and minoring in dance at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. His training in modern technique, including Graham, Limon, and Horton came through Erin Saint John, Ballet through Karen Stewart, and dances of folklore, Caribbean dance and dances of the Diaspora under Yvonne Goodridge. Stephen Hill has also studied improvisation techniques, choreography, movement for actors, dance production, and dance history. As a performer, Stephen Hill toured with the Boys choir of Harlem for 7 years, dancing in venues such as Lincoln center and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy center in Washington, D.C., Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Apollo theater, performing alongside artists such as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops Orchestra, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Aretha Franklin, and Odetta Holmes, just to name a few. Stephen has also participated in the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan with Seiji Ozawa, as well as performing with Placido Domingo and the National Symphony orchestra in the Roman Terleckyj production of Meilhac and Halevy’s Carmen Jones. Hill has also worked with Lily Vero and the Thespian Society during the 2006-2007 seasons. As a dancer, Stephen Hill has worked with various performance arts companies. His credits include Tyroni’s the network of dance NYC, the International Dance Club at the College of Staten Island, Miss Niambi Keyes’ Mixed Bag and Company Incorporated in Brooklyn, Sandra Portal-Andréau’s Repertory Dance Ensemble of south Florida, Mrs. Yvonne Jones Houston and the Barry University Repertory Dance Ensemble (BURDE), Miami step dance team BLISS (Beats Linked In Synchronized Step), and Arts In Motion Productions at Barry University. As a Choreographer Mr. Hill has presented work since 2003 with his first pieces, 'A jitterbug Tap', as well as 'Twisting' in an original production entitled "A Century of Black". Hill’s work has been presented subsequently between 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons in Miami, FL including the Festival of Nations, Black Catholic History Month, Haitian Cultural Showcases, national AIDS awareness day and other special events, as well as Barry University dance concerts and recitals. A large part of Hill’s 30 works has been choreographed with Arts In Motion Productions at Barry University, where he served as president and choreographer in the 2011-2012 seasons, directing and choreographing two original productions entitled “Room for Improvement” in 2011 and “Fantastic Voyage” in 2012. Hill has also choreographed 2 works for BURDE and has earned 2 awards for best show, one for his production “Fantastic Voyage” and the other for his collaboration with BURDE in the production of “Winter’s Light” in 2010. Hill’s emphasis in uncommon tunes and Caribbean music sets the tune for most of his modern pieces, while swift, graceful, and bold moves embody a large part of his lyrical and contemporary work. Stephen Hill currently resides in New York City, where he is a dancer-choreographer for A Mixed Bag and Company, Incorporated. He is also a hip hop and private dance instructor for His biggest influences are the late Joanne Hill, Martha Graham, the works of Debbie Allen, and "...the restless mind [of mine] which keeps my hopelessness afloat, my curiosities’ intrigued, and my willingness to dance at an astonishing high”.
December 2, 2013