Stephanie Zungre Stradling began ballet training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the age of six years old. She was chosen for a children’s role with the New York City Ballet during the summer of 1997 in Saratoga Springs, which was a pivotal moment in her life. The School of American Ballet trained her in Balanchine technique for 3 years before she was accepted into the New York City Ballet. Other ballet training was received from Miami City Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater.
Stephanie danced professionally with the New York City Ballet for ten years before moving to Westchester County. She performed over forty ballets and other new works at the Koch Theater in Lincoln Center. Some of her lead roles were in familiar ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Romeo and Juliet. Other original roles were created for her by famous choreographers including Peter Martins, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, and Damian Woetzel.
After retiring, Stephanie began teaching ballet to a wide range of children from 3 to 16 years old. She is currently involved in teaching workshops for the New York City Ballet to educate children about ballet and other art forms involved in staged performance. Stephanie joined The Ballet Class as a permanent faculty member in 2016.