Stevie Oakes became enamored with dance at her first ballet performance while living in Amsterdam. Her serious study of classical ballet began under the tutelage of Sandra Balestracci in Williamsburg, VA alongside many other ballet masters. As a student at the College of William & Mary, she earned a BS in Chemistry and Kinesiology while beginning to explore the world of modern dance. Upon receipt of her MFA in Dance from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts, Oakes has had the privilege of performing works by Tere O'Connor, Gus Solomons, jr., Gina Gibney, Gerald Casel, Brice Mousett, R. Davidson and many others. Most recently she served on faculty at Skidmore College, and continues to teach as a guest artist throughout the country. As a member of the team at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, Oakes has been able to continue to combine her passions of dance and science as both an educator and a researcher. Oakes is thrilled to be joining the faculty at the College at Brockport to teach ballet, modern and dance kinesiology.