Stephanie Maher is a dancer, choreographer, improviser and teacher originally based in New York and then San Francisco for 15 years. She is known for her breathtaking physicality and for creating works that express a unique blend of intimacy, sensitivity, and wild humor. She has been teaching performance making, Release-based technique and Contact Improvisation in an international setting since 1992. In 1998 Maher relocated to Berlin, Germany where she continued to perform, organize, develop and teach in the community-based settings of K77 Studios in Berlin and founded the Ponderosa Tanz/Land Festival in Stolzenhagen, Germany. She is currently pursuing an MFA in dance from Smith College.