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  Class Description   CLASSES  
 

Contemporary Class

Stuart’s contemporary classes are a reflection of his eclectic and varied dance history. He began his dance career on the London club scene, an element present in his classes through his raw passion for movement. His formal dance training is based on the teachings of dance legends Martha Graham, whose graceful yet rigorous floor-work is employed in the class warm-up, and Alvin Ailey, whose spirit and joy for dance permeate the final choreography that students practise at the end of each lesson.

Tai Chi

More recently, Stuart has become an advanced practitioner of Tai Chi and draws on the ancient technique’s fluidity and smoothness to ensure that students not only learn but also understand the dynamics of the phrases they are taught during the warm-up and in the final choreography. Essentially, Stuart’s aim as a teacher is to show his students how to move through space, and using his unique sense of humour he endeavours to guide each individual so that they are able to overcome their inhibitions and exploit their body’s relationship with movement.

Read here about Stuart’s Tai Chi training:

I’ll never forget dancing with jiving lindy hoppers during the Harvest Moon ball at the Southbank many years ago. If you don’t know lindy hop, watch the film Hellzapoppin’. There’s a dance section in there by Frankie Manning who invented the lindy hop. If you see it, you’ll say, “Yeah, I get it.”

Interview by Becky Barnicoat, The Guardian. Read article here.

 Biography

Stuart has been inspired by and explored how Martial Arts and dance integrate for over 20 years. He is a teacher of Contemporary Dance as well as second generation Soul Jazz and his teaching follows the road of ‘old school’ to progressive styles, creating his own unique style of Martial Dance Fusion. 

A London native, Stuart began his formal dance career with Union Dance Company. He was intuitively drawn into dance upon discovering that its focus on strength and grace in movement helped him decipher the anatomical machinations of the body. 

In his twenties he embarked upon a journey to train in Tai Chi, which culminated in his earning a rank of Group A Instructor from the Canton Martial Committee. He often travels between London and South China to enhance his knowledge of the technique. Stuart is now also a highly sought after instructor of Dance and Tai Chi fist – two of the most practiced Martial Arts and Dance forms and is a specialist in Graham-based technique. 

He has danced and taught in the UK, Europe and the US and also performs in theatrical dance pieces. 

Read what students think of Stuart Thomas’ classes:
“I love Stuart’s contemporary classes!!” – Rosalind Froysadal
“Stuart is great teacher, love his style” – Pernille Colby
“The quirkiest and the best teacher! Love his music” – Adisa Banjanovic
“He is a good teacher, his classes are great!! He is so funny!” – Simone Nolda.

“Great teacher! If you haven’t had a class with him yet, you must…..AMAZING!” – Flipside Dance School

 

  Minimum age: 13

Monday
Jazz Technique
General
19.00-20.00
£7                             Studio 10

Tuesday
Contemporary
Beginner
18.00-19.00
£7                             Studio 11

Wednesday
Tai Chi
General
08.00-09.00
£7                             Studio 10
no membership to be paid

Thursday
Contemporary
Beginner
20.00-21.30
£7                             Studio 11

Friday
Stretch for Dance

General
19.00-20.30
£7                             Studio 11

Sunday
Contemporary
General
16.00-17.00
£7                             Studio 10

Tai Chi
General
12.00-13.30
£10                             Studio 3