Stephanie Neira is originally from the east coast where she began her studies of dance (ballet, tap, jazz etc.). She was introduced to flamenco by Conté de Loyo and then continued her studies of flamenco, Spanish semi-classical and jota in Spain. Some of the teachers who have influenced her include Raquel Peña, Ana Martinez and Luis Montero in the United States; Maria Magdalena and Pedro Azorin in Madrid and La Toña in Sevilla. In Spain she performed with the Alberto Massuli Dance Company at the Calderon Theater in Madrid and other major theaters throughout Spain. In the Washington D.C. area she performed with The Raquel Peña Dance Company and the Ana Martinez Dance Company which included performances at the Kennedy Center and Lisner Auditorium. In New York City she performed at the Thalia Theater and Casa de España.
Moving to San Francisco in 1994 she has been performing, teaching and creating choreographies. She also has added Spanish Baroque Dance to her repertoire which led to solo performances with the Streicher Trio at various venues including The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival. Twice she has participated both as choreographer and performer at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Also she was a recipient of a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission which funded “La Penitente” one of her works which was performed at Café Flamenco in San Francisco. Stephanie teaches at Sunset Movement Arts in the Sunset District where she has formed “El Grupo Sabores de España” which has performed at the Flamenco Open Stage in Berkeley and has has been performing for more than ten years with Golden Gate Park Band on their “Spanish Day of Music and Dance”.