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STEWART AVON-ARNOLD

 

Stewart was one of the foremost black Jazz and Lyrical artists of his generation and the original pioneer of Lyrical Contemporary Jazz in the UK, developing the genre from as early as 1979 to the present day and co founding the first jazz company in the UK called Jazz Theatre London (1980). Trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, his dancing heritage originates with the Martha Graham technique, with the likes of Bob Cohen, William Luther, Jane Dudley and Anthony Van Laast as his teacher/mentors that have been his springboard from which he has developed his unique style and genre, consequently becoming one of our most acclaimed and sought after International Dancer Teacher and Choreographer. For many years Stewart has been constantly involved in a variety of top West End shows, including Wayne Sleep’s ‘ Song and Dance’ as a soloist dancer. He was guest choreographer for Wayne Sleep’s dance company ‘Dash’, joint- choreographer on ‘The Wiz’ at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre, and featured as a soloist dancer in Johnny Depp’s  film ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Choreographing Pop promo’s for artists such as David Grant, Elton John, Kid Creole, and working exclusively with Kate Bush over the last 20 years as a dancer and a choreographic consultant have also been fitted in to an already busy schedule. He also had his own dance series on Channel 4, along with Claude-Paul Henry, called ‘Streets Ahead’, and toured Europe along with Anthony Van Laast and Claude-Paul with their own Dance Company called ‘Souls in Motion’ and took his own concept musical ‘Dancing and Singing the Blues’ on the same European circuit directing as well as choreographing the show.

 

As a teacher Stewart was one of the founder/pioneer teachers at the famous Pineapple Studio in London where he taught for over 15 years with people attending his classes from all over Europe. He taught master- classes and workshops all over Europe, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Portugal as well as Japan and the UK for schools and academies such as ‘Mudra’(Maurice Bejart), Ballet Academy-Sweden, Elmhurst Royal Ballet School, Royal Academy of Dance, Arts Education (Tring and London), Bodyworks Studios (Cambridge) where he taught Louise Spence of Pineapple fame, Northern School of Contemporary Dance (also teaching Mel B of the Spice Girls), Urdang Academy, London Studio Centre, Birds College, Central School of Ballet, Performers College and Masters College of Performing Arts.

 

As a Director Stewart co-founded, directed and danced in Jazz Theatre Gothenburg in Sweden, Aspects of Dance (Hackney Empire – London), Dancing and Singing the Blues (European Tour), Hard Rock Jazz Café (Theatre Talia-Gothenburg, Sweden).

 

As an artist Stewart is a unique innovator, whose work is a combination of old and new school, along with a spiritual and artistic richness which makes his work relevant, different and essential not only to the industry but also a great basis for anyone who works with him to start or enhance their creative and technical development  as performers in their own right.

 

Stewart is now currently teaching at M.A.D.D College in Nottingham, EPA in Mansfield, as well as teaching/choreographing in a school he co-founded in September 2013 called Old School Danceworks.

Taught a Lyrical/Contemporary  Master-Class and guest choreographer at the IDTA Congress in July 2014/15 at Southport.

Choreographed for the last 8 years at Move It ( Olympia/Excel ) with great success.