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Meet the 2020 RDA NCI Directors

Regional Dance America’20 presents Stephanie Martinez as the Director of Choreography and Darryl Hoffman as the Director of Music for the 2020 Virtual NCI. These amazing professionals demonstrate vibrant energy in their work and are excited to bring that energy to the NCI choreographers and dancers.

Stephanie Martinez
Director of Choreography

Over eleven years of award-winning works, Chicago-based choreographer Stephanie Martinez moves her audiences along a journey guided by the kinetic momentum of her work. With original creations for Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Charlotte Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, and National Choreographers Initiative among others, Martinez’s versatility expands the boundaries of contemporary ballet movement. Martinez has created over 60 ballets on companies and collegiate programs across the country.


In 2010, Martinez assisted Broadway legend Ann Reinking in setting the Fosse Trilogy, and in 2015 was awarded Joffrey Ballet’s “Winning Works: Choreographers of Color” commission and the Chicago 3Arts Award in recognition for her work as a female artist of color. More recently, Martinez was awarded an NEA grant for her premiere Bliss! at Joffrey Ballet.


Dubbed “a chameleon” of choreography by the Chicago Tribune, Martinez’s psychologically revelatory works challenge the viewer’s notion of what’s possible.

Darryl Hoffman
Director of Music

Darryl J. Hoffman Is a Bronx, NY native composer, currently based in Chicago. With his life long love for music, he developed a curiosity for sound and began creating at the age of 13. His resume of compositions include works on Kansas City Ballet for choreographer Stephanie Martinez, in collaboration with cellist, Desiree Miller; Visceral Dance Chicago’s “Synapse”, choreographed by Nick Pupillo; Danceworks Chicago with choreography by Owen Scarlet; Minnesota Dance Theatre, for choreographer, Darwin Black; three Philadanco works choreographed by Anthony Burrell & Christopher Huggins; works for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago & Ballet X, choreographed by Rena Butler; as well as full compositions for both Ebony Williams’ pieces entitle “Title lX” & “Victoria”, which premiered at Jacob’s Pillow in August of 2019.


As Darryl continues to live in his gift, he intends to shape the culture of dance with his sound, while continuing to contribute in other aspects of the arts.

Choreographers and Dancers: Are you ready for an amazing experience?

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