SIMONE STEVENS (she/her, Atlanta, GA) received her dance training in her hometown of Stone Mountain, GA at En Pointe School of Dance before graduating from Kennesaw State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Minor in Anthropology. Upon moving to Chicago in 2018, Simone studied on scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studio while simultaneously performing as a freelance artist throughout the city. Since joining the company in 2021, Simone has been recognized as one of Dance Magazine's 25 To Watch. Simone has also actively sought to further expand her community as an instructor, both regionally at The Rooted Space and Chicago Movement Collective, as well as familiarly at her alma mater. Simone is forever grateful for the spaces that continue to welcome her and the communities that continue to uplift.