Professional Class: Stephen Pelton
Raised in the Limon tradition, Pelton’s technique classes move from Limon’s swing, fall and recover fundamentals to ballet placement exercises to yoga-inspired strengthening practices to combinations exploring Pelton’s own lyrical and idiosyncratic movement style.
Each day’s movement material accumulates into a longer, final choreographic phrase that reinforces technical principles from earlier in the class. Movement dynamics, musicality and a passionate use of space are essential qualities of Pelton’s classes, as is his insistence upon using humor as a means of breaking through our inhibitions, unifying the group and finding new dimensions in our dancing.
As one of Europe’s most sought-after teachers of Limon-inspired contemporary technique, Stephen’s commitment is to meet, challenge and inspire each dancer, whatever their level of expertise, through direct feedback and supportive encouragement.
Stephen Pelton is the artistic director of Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre and associate director of Yorke Dance Project. He was born in 1963 in Rye, NY and began his dance training at SUNY Purchase. After graduating from Connecticut College he danced and choreographed in Boston before moving to San Francisco in 1989 where he danced with Della Davidson and, in 1993, formed Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre, now based in London.
Pelton’s work has been performed throughout the US as well as in London, Paris, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Berlin. In San Francisco, the company won a Cable Car Award for Waltzes for the Dayroom and was nominated three times for the Isadora Duncan Awards, including a nomination for best choreography for and a white light in the back of my mind to guide me in 2010. His recent work, Lauda Adrianna, premiered in June 2015 at Cottier Chamber Project in Glasgow where it was performed live alongside the Gavin Bryars Ensemble.
His most recent work, if you want to see me once more, premiered in the DanceLive festival in Aberdeen in October. Stephen is currently one of Europe’s most sought-after teachers of Limon-inspired dance technique. In London, he teaches at Central School of Ballet, Danceworks and The Place as well as company classes for DV8, Random and New Adventures.