Steven Woodruff currently pursues a varied career as a musician, dancer,dance writer and teacherof music and dance.
He has performed as a violinist with The Inland Empire Symphony, Orchestra of the Foothills, Claremont Chamber Orchestra, and the Pasadena Orchestra Da Camera. He is a member of HOLLOW LOG; a world music band that released a CD entitled “Catch A Caber”. He wrote, directed and played music with HOLLOW LOG for Jamie Nichols’ critically acclaimed choreography, IF She Could Remember, performed live at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale.
As a traditional musician and dancer he has appeared with Aman International Music & Dance as a soloist and choreographer. Mr. Woodruff is known through out the east coast and England for his knowledge and expertise in traditional music and dance.
He is the artistic director of RATTLE UP (founded in 1993), a group of men that perform dances drawn on the sword dance tradition of northern England and the Welsh/English border. Their 1995 performance on the Los Angeles Music Center Holiday Program at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was nominated for a LESTER HORTON DANCE AWARD by the Los Angeles Dance Resource Center.
Mr. Woodruff has also danced roles in the File Mal Gardee and Nutcracker with The Redlands Festival Ballet, Dance Corps, Ballet of The Foothills, Media City Ballet and Pasadena Dance Theatre. In1994 he performed at the Los Angeles Dance Kaleidoscope Festival in Charles Maples’ ballet Fall Of The Feet.
He danced as a guest artist with Wenta Ballet of Los Angeles in a premier performance of “Fantasy a la Mazurka” at The Ivar Theatre in SPLIT: Dance In & Out Of LA, The Jaime Rogers’ Studio Dance Ensemble in the 2006 Lester Horton Dance Awards show with guest artist Ben Vereen and again at the Jazz Dance LA Concert at the Japan American Theatre in June 2006.
He performed with Jamie Nichols’ contemporary dance company FAST FEET 1993-2003 and also acted as music director, prop maker and set designer. He was the recipient of the LESTER HORTON DANCE AWARD for Outstanding Achievement in Set Design 2001 for Jamie Nichols’ She Don’t Work At The Pizzeria No Mo, performed by Fast Feet at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex –CSULA in Jazz Dance LA 2001.
Mr. Woodruff is active as a teacher and educator and was an adjudicator for The Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards for 10 years and in the past for The Herb Alpert Foundation Scholarship Awards. He has taught Social Dance, Folk Dance, The Theory and Analysis of Dance and Jazz Dance at California State University Los Angeles, Adult Ballet at Le Studio in Pasadena, ballet & jazz at California Dance Arts Academy and co-directed the children and adult dance program for 10 years at the Pasadena Athletic Club. He has served on the Dance Panel for The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department 1999-2000 Cultural Grants and The Board of Directors of the Jazz Dance LA Foundation 2000-2001.
Mr. Woodruff holds a B.A. in Music/Asian Studies from Oberlin College and has studied chamber music at Dartmouth College, Keene State College (Music/Education), Carleton College (Music/Asian Studies), and Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. He has been reviewing and writing articles for
online publications in Los Angeles for the last two years.