From Sandy Hook, Conn.
With Nashville Ballet since 2003
Training and Education
North Carolina School of the Arts, NB2
Previously Nashville Ballet Apprentice, National Choreographers Initiative
2016 New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship, 2010 Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, Finalist in 17th Annual Choreography Festival of New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship, Finalist in Ballet Arkansas' 2014 Visions Choreographic Competition
Nashville Ballet’s Emergence Series, Ballet Ball 2013-2016, Music Videos for Thom Donovan and Justin Nault, Attitude Series Under the Lights
Christopher Stuart, originally from Sandy Hook, Conn., began his formal training with Steve Sirico, Angela D'valda Sirico, Franco Devita and Charles Kelley. He graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 2002 under the direction of Melissa Hayden, Warren Conover and Duncan Noble. He joined NB2 in 2002 and performed with the main company in many performances.
Since joining the company in 2003, Stuart has been featured in several pieces by renowned choreographers such as Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling, Brian Enos, Peter Quanz, Gina Patterson, Sarah Slipper, Thaddeus Davis, James Canfield and numerous others.
Stuart has been featured as Renfield in Vasterling's Dracula, the Nutcracker Prince and Sugar Plum Cavalier in Vasterling's Nashville’s Nutcracker, Pas de Trios in Swan Lake, the Young Warrior in Salvatore Aiello's Rite of Spring, Melancholy in Four Temperaments, Mac in Lew Christensen’s Filling Station, Puck in Vasterling's A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo in Vasterling's Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth in Vasterling’s Macbeth. He has also performed as a guest artist with Quixotic Fusion, Missouri Ballet Theatre, National Choreographic Initiative and Evansville Ballet.
Stuart has always had a niche for choreographing. His vast experiences as a dancer and performer helped him articulate his choreographic voice through improvising and exploring different forms of movement. Embarking upon his journey as a choreographer has allowed him to further express himself in a free and limitless way. Stuart has created pieces for NB2, Nashville Ballet, Quixotic Fusion and Ballet Arkansas. In Nashville Ballet’s 2012 Emergence, he collaborated with ALIAS Chamber Ensemble and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. In 2012, he choreographed and staged Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Macbeth. For the past four seasons, Stuart has created pieces for Nashville Ballet’s annual Ballet Ball with music performed by Holly Williams, Kellie Pickler, Clare Bowen and John Oates. For Nashville Ballet’s 2014 Attitude series, he created Under the Lights, a full-length work to the music of Johnny Cash performed by Sugar + The Hi-Lows about which ArtsNash said, “Stuart’s choreography proved to be a seamless blend of classical, modern and popular dance styles.” In 2015, Stuart had the pleasure of choreographing a piece to the music of the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers.
His artistic achievements won him the 2010 Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, one of the highest honors that a Tennessee artist can receive. Stuart was a finalist in Ballet Arkansas' 2014 Visions Choreographic Competition, as well as a finalist in the 17th annual choreography festival of the NYCI Choreographic Fellowship held at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, Calif. Most recently, he was awarded a Fellowship Initiative Grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, in 2016.