UK Director

Put out to pasture by the bank he used to work for, Stuart Sweeney is now free to indulge his two passions; dance and human rights. He enjoys a wide range of dance including ballet, modern, Flamenco, Indian, etc. His approach is very artist-centred and he never loses sight of the extraordinary skill and effort that dancers bring to their art and the ever-present risk of injury.    

Stuart is a strong believer in helping to harness the power of the Internet for fans and professionals. Dance companies and venues in the UK haven't fully realised the power of this new media format, so he is keen to help make that happen. Apart from his work with criticaldance, he contributes reviews and articles for the magazine Dance Europe and in 2002 was invited to become a member of the Critics' Circle.  He is also currently studying for an MA in Dance Studies at Laban.  More recently Stuart has become fascinated by dance in Estonia and its beautiful old capital of Tallinn.

Stuart also works two days a week in the Amnesty International UK Business Group, specialising in Financial Institutions. In addition, over the past few years he has forged an increasingly strong link between Amnesty and Rambert Dance Company and this activity has now been extended to Birmingham Royal Ballet and other dance companies.

Stuart is delighted to be part of criticaldance -- a group of like-minded enthusiasts and professionals who put dance and dancers first.


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