Born and bred in Las Vegas, NV, Stephanie Zaletel holds a BFA in Dance Performance/Choreography from the California Institute of the Arts. Zaletel has performed for renowned choreographers ranging among Barak Marshall, Colin Connor (Artistic Director - Limon Dance Company), and in Danielle Agami’s Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY. Zaletel worked closely with Agami as the company’s rehearsal director from 2013-2014.
Zaletel has presented her own creative work at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, WA, REDCAT, The Hammer Museum, ACE Hotel, Current LA's Public Art Biennial, and was a Finalist in the 2015 McCallum Theater Choreography Competition. Her choreography has also been featured in music videos for recording artists, Jofridur, clipping, and Maxi Wild, in collaboration with directors Samantha Shay and Patrick Kennelly. Zaletel is an educator at AMDA LA, and has led master classes at LMU, Cornish College of the Arts, and Las Vegas Academy. She has also led improvisational movement classes for children with Down Syndrome. She was the 2016 MorYork Gallery Artist in Residence and is an active member of the Pieter Performance Space Council.
Zaletel is the founding artistic director of szalt (dance co.) in Los Angeles -tackling subjects of the feminine experience, body memory (specifically as it pertains to trauma), and dream logic while creating and facilitating highly collaborative, site-sensitive, and socially fluent dance performance and practice.
Her choreographic work with szalt has been called "stunning - a beautiful meeting of artists' visions and mesmerizing performances". (SeeDance)
Zaletel is currently setting a new work on LACDC, which will premiere in Spring 2018.