Masterclasses with Stuart Thomas

About the Workshop

Where: Online from Danceworks Studio 10

When: Every Saturday from 3rd April  – 24th April 2021

Time: 15:00-16:30 BST

Price: £12

All levels
All ages
Participants will receive a recording of the class to continue practice at home.

Contemporary and Stretch for Dance with Stuart Thomas


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.

Class Description

Stuarts Masterclasses will alternate weekly between Contemporary and Stretch for Dance.


“….What you do on the floor, you do standing; what you do standing, you do in the air…” (William Louther)

From William Louther’s repertoire of Contemporary dance to an introduction to the Martha Graham style and technique. The elements of floor work will energize and strengthen your body through breathing and will prepare you to move with the best of yourself through contraction and release, spiralling and learning how to shift your weight. .

This course is for anyone interested in contemporary dance, whether you’re an experienced dancer or have simply taken up a new hobby during lockdown. Classes are informal yet focused.  We will start on the floor, preparing our bodies to move to a standing position and then transfer this knowledge to understand how movements work in the air. Benefits of the course include improved awareness, posture, breathing, flexibility and body conditioning. In the course, we will cover the following items, which students can then practice at home by themselves:

  • Hip openings
  • Contraction and release
  • Spiralling the core
  • The foundations of standing splits
  • Breathing exercises
  • Standing balance exercises
  • Carriage of the arms
  • Coccyx balances
  • Core strengthening exercises

Stretch for dance

Stretch for dance class is the reflection of Stuarts eclectic and varied dance history, you will find all the elements to help your body to tone up and improve balance, it is also a wonderful way to release your body as well as your mind through the dance art of movement.

Link will be sent out 30 minutes before the online class starts.

Please note that Danceworks accepts no liability for injuries or other issues arising from taking part in its online classes.

Cancellations are accepted up to 24 hours in advance of the class after which no credit will be offered.

To book a class after this week please select a different date below.