Straight out of DANCE THEATER OF HARLEM, the renowned choreographer, dancer, instructor, director and actor, SHERMAN L. STEWARD
- who got his
first hands-on experience choreographing for the likes of AL HUDSON AND ONE WAY at age 15 - landed on Broadway.
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas to parents in the educational field, Sherman
would be considered a late starter in the world of Dance.
After just 2 years, Sherman
received a scholarship to study and perform with BILL MARTIN VISCOUNT at SOUTHWEST CITY BALLET (Fort Worth, Texas).
Spotted by ARTHUR MITCHELL of the DANCE THEATER OF HARLEM, Sherman
made the trip to New York to audition for that same prestigious school - and succeeded!
BROADWAY DANCE CENTER
was Sherman Steward's
last stop before taking Europe by storm.
was soon a much sought-after instructor of workshops and master classes throughout Europe, as well as soloist and instructor at the TREVISO DANCE CENTER
, Treviso / Italy.
powerful and intricate choreography, he
was soon in demand for his
vision and creativity.
Once established in Europe, it wasn't long before he
was approached by major fashion houses to choreograph their shows: BOGNER, LEVIS, CONVERSE ALLSTARS, KAPPA SPORTSWEAR, OLYMPIA SPORTSWEAR and PUMA.
Germany's Fashion Week, "MODE WOCHE", was another event stamped with Sherman's signature style.
On moving to Berlin, Sherman
was able to build up a small company of dancers from all around the globe.
With these dancers he
own productions, as well as productions for special events and galas.
unique style was soon sought after by music industry professionals at BMG GERMANY for some of their top new acts: EMEL, FINESSE, AMEXLOVE as well as the FUNKY DIAMONDS showcase for the N-SYNC V. BACKSTREET BOYS TOUR.
With his return to the U.S.A., Sherman
is again dedicating himself to the Development of Dance as a whole: instructing both children and adults at the beautiful Santa Monica Dance Studio; creating KAMP FEELGOOD, a Spring and Summer Kamp for Kidz; designing www.kidzdanceklub.com, a website for all dancers both young and old; instructing as a Resident at UCLA
during the Spring 2005 Semester, as well as appearances as a Guest Instructor at CALARTS Valencia
and other prestigious Universities and schools worldwide; and finally, the development of Hoppy Henry Inc.
From June 2006 to December 2007, Sherman
was sought out by STRIVE
, a non-profit organization doing wonderful things for the children of Los Angeles, to develop their Dance Program.
As DIRECTOR OF DANCE he used his talents to develop a Saturday Program, teaching Jazz and Modern to children ages 3 through 18.
During the Summer of 2007, Sherman
talent to work, choreographing a scene for the hugely popular TV sitcom "EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS", which aired in Fall 2007.
Along with his
current schedule of classes being held at the brand new CAPOEIRA BESOURO STUDIO
in Santa Monica, Sherman
can currently be found at the DEBBIE ALLEN DANCE ACADEMY
(DADA) in Culver City teaching children and DANCE ARTS ACADEMY
(DAA) in Los Angeles teaching an Advanced Jazz class for adults,
Summer 2008 gave Sherman
the opportunity to return to his
old home, DANCE THEATER OF HARLEM, where he
spent six weeks instructing their incredibly talented young dancers during the Summer Intensive Course.