Joseph Sturdy


Joseph Sturdy was born in London and grew up i the University city of  Cambridge and studied at  The Royal Ballet school in London.
He has danced with Sadlers wells Royal Ballet , Béjart Ballet Lausanne , Ballet Classico de Zaragoza och Deutscher oper Berlin. Joseph was  also one of the founding members of the dance company Linga Dans Lausanne.

In  1997 together with his wife  Marie Larsson Sturdy the couple founded the dance company Focus Dance with its base in the city of Uppsala Sweden. To date Joseph has choreographed over  35 critically acclaimed  works   both for his  company and on the international  stage.

Joseph is committed to the development of young dancers and started the Greenhouse Dance Projects with a view to supporting proffesional students  to take the next step towards proffesional life . He worked closely with  the founder of Stora Dal Dansen Sirkka –Liisa Forslund  who had a vision of a Nordic youth dance Company. He regularly gives proffesional students the opportunity as apprentices to participate in the creative process with his company and gain valuable stage experience. He has created works for the Royal Swedish Ballet school and the latest for Dance theatre international youth Company USA .

Joseph is a much sought after guest teacher and has taught The Royal Swedish Ballet ,Cullberg Ballet ,Gothenburg Opera Dance company, Rambert Dance company and Scapino Ballet amongst others .

Joseph was a jury member for the Nordic Baltic Ballet Competition  in Falun 2012 and 2014  and for the competition in Grasse  in 2014. He is very pleased to be chairman of the jury this year in Falun.



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