Stuart Thomas
– Jazz Technique, Contemporary, Tai Chi & Stretch for Dance classes in London

Jazz Technique class with Stuart Thomas at Danceworks in Central London

Classes

Jazz Technique

Monday

  • Minimum age: 13
  • Level: General
  • Time: 7pm-8pm
  • Price: £7
  • Studio 10

Contemporary

Tuesday

  • Minimum age: 13
  • Level: Beginner
  • Time: 6pm-7pm
  • Price: £7
  • Studio 10

Thursday

  • Minimum age: 13
  • Level: Beginner
  • Time: 8pm-9:30pm
  • Price: £7
  • Studio 10

Sunday

  • Minimum age: 13
  • Level: General
  • Time: 4pm-5pm
  • Price: £7
  • Studio 10

Tai Chi

Wednesday

  • Minimum age: 13
  • Level: General
  • Time: 8am-9am
  • Price: £7
  • Studio 10
  • No membership to be paid

Sunday

  • Minimum age: 13
  • Level: General
  • Time: 12pm-1:30pm
  • Price: £10
  • Studio 3

Stretch for Dance

Friday

  • Minimum age: 13
  • Level: General
  • Time: 7pm-8:30pm
  • Price: £7
  • Studio 11

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.

Class Description

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.