Stuart Waters - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Dance artist, Performer, Maker, Teacher

Stuart graduated from the BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance in 1998 and studied for an MA at London School of Contemporary Dance.

Stuart Waters has been a successful performing artist and dance maker for 20 years, working at the cutting edge of the devising processes and style of Protein Dance, Motionhouse and Wired Aerial Theatre.

As an integral member of these creative teams, he has been instrumental in realising these choreographic visions, involved in making seminal works that developed dance theatre and learning how to craft great theatrical works.

One of Stuart’s key collaborations was with director Luca Silvistrini, contributing to the shows LOL and Border TalesLOL toured worldwide, winning the National Dance Award for Best Independent Dance Company in 2011 and the British Council New Connections Award in 2012.

Border Tales toured nationally and finished at the Edinburgh Fringe where it received 5-star reviews.

Stuart has been part of the One Dance UK mentorship programme and in 2011 he was awarded the Lisa Ullmann fund to travel to New York to train with Susan Klein.

Stuart began to explore the creation of his own work in 2014, and has been commissioned to create choreographic works for Centres for Advanced Training (CATs) and BA Performing Arts courses across the UK.

He secured Arts Council England funding to create RockBottom and plans to tour it with rigorous wrap-around workshops.

RockBottom is the first piece where Stuart choreographs on his own body, using his personal experience to tell a story that resonates with a wider audience, speaking about the tenacity of the human spirit to survive what sometimes seems impossible.


Headshot © Pari Naderi

Performance image © Protein Dance ‘Border Tales’