Technique: As an internationally respected teacher of contemporary dance technique, Stephen Pelton teaches a class that combines the basics of the Limon technique with his own idiosyncratic yet lyrical movement style. Technique classes move from Limon swinging, fall and release fundamentals to ballet placement exercises to yoga-inspired strengthening practices to combinations which gradually accumulate into a final longer movement phrase which reinforces principles from earlier in the class. Stephen is committed to meeting, challenging and inspiring each student, at whatever their level of expertise, through direct feedback and supportive encouragement. It is his belief that a healthy and challenging approach to dancing can resound in a more fulfilling approach to life in general.


Stephen teaching a master class. 




Stephen Pelton's choreography workshops use the same group process technique that he uses with the company—participants create their own movement studies based on written material or guided imagery.

Stephen then directs the group members through integrating their own material with each other's, creating duets and partnering, while he uses the pool of material to create unisons and thematic movement to help shape the piece into a unified whole. Pelton offers one-day, three-day and week-long workshops.

Stephen Pelton brings two decades of performance, choreography, and teaching experience to his role as artistic director of the company. A native of Rye, New York, he began dancing in 1979 at the State University of New York at Purchase. He continued his studies at Connecticut College, graduating with a BA in Dance and English in 1985, after which he spent five years in Boston dancing with Gerri Houlihan's Boston Dance Project, Susan Rose Danceworks and Dance Collective.

Stephen moved to San Francisco in 1989, where he began teaching modern technique in local studios including New Performance Gallery, Footwork, San Francisco Dance Center and at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He danced with the Della Davidson Dance Company beginning in 1991 until establishing SPDT in 1993.

In 2000, Stephen began his work as a freelance technique and choreography teacher in Europe. He now spends six months of the year based in London.

Stephen Pelton in his 1998 solo
The Hurdy-gurdy Man

(photos by Andy Mogg)

Pelton has taken gestures used by Hitler and turned them into 12 minutes of continuous movement. As he moves, you start to imagine the doctrine that accompanied each gesticulation-- and marvel at how something so terrible could lead to such a beautiful dance.
The Scotsman


16 Balderton St W1K 6TN
£8, drop-in
Mixed Level - Intermediate/Advanced
Tuesdays 7:00–8:30 pm
Sundays 4:00–5:30 pm

Central Nights
Central School of Ballet, Studio 1
10 Herbal Hill EC1R 5EG
£9 drop-in
Mixed Level – Intermediate/Advanced
Mondays 7:15–8:45 pm
Wednesdays 7:15–8:45 pm


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