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.
Christopher joined the company in 2003 and was 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 was 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. Christopher is Resident Choreographer of Nashville Ballet.