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Master Class Series: Peter Chu// March 31-April 4, 2014

  • Houston Station 434 Houston Street Nashville, TN 37203 USA (map)

Join New Dialect for a week of master classes with the remarkable Peter Chu, dancer with Crystal Pite's Kidd Pivot, award-winning choreographer of So You Think You Can Dance, and artistic director of Chuthis.


Peter Chu, originally from Cocoa Beach, Florida, is a distinguished artist who strives to push the physical bounds of dance. He began his training as a competitive gymnast, later nurturing his artistry at Dussich Dance Studio where his evolution into dance began. As a BFA student at The Julliard School (under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy), Chu was pushed further as a technical mover and began an explosive journey into choreography. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreography.

Chu is a remarkable and multi-faceted artist; as a performer he has danced with BJM _Danse, EZdanza, as the lead in singer Christina Perri’s Jar of Hearts music video, in Celine Dion’s Vegas spectacular A New Day, and with Crystal Pite’s company, Kidd Pivot.

In 2008, Chu formed his own project-based company chuthis. Most recently the company performed its wildly popular show, Nothing Sticks, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Chu’s company has also been selected as the 2014 Emerging Principal Company for Springboard Danse Montréal.

Recipient of the prestigious 2010 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreography, Chu has created for Naomi Stikeman’s Çaturn (consulted by Robert Lepage) and for the ARTV series in Québec – Meneuse de Claques. He was awarded the honour of being selected as choreographer for the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival (directed by Linda Kent), and choreographed for the ninth and tenth seasons of So You Think You Can Dance.

Much of 2012/13 was spent touring the US as a faculty member with the 24 SEVEN Dance Convention. Chu also premiered a new work for Orlando Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Robert Hill, choreographed a full-length work for Houston Met Dance Company, and most recently choreographed a new work at the Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive in August.

In the coming months, Chu will participate in a dance residency at Western Michigan University, and, later in the year, join Kidd Pivot for a North American and European tour.

WORKSHOP// details


March 31-April 4// MONDAY-FRIDAY from 9:30-11:30 AM



Full Workshop/5 sessions:   $150

Single Class:   $35

New Dialect accepts cash, credit, or check made payable to New Dialect. Doors open 30 minutes before each class. Please be sure to arrive early to ensure you are registered and that class begins on time. There is no pre-registration for this workshop.



Houston Station

434 Houston Street

Nashville, TN 37203


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It is New Dialect’s goal to host and present high-level local, national, and international teaching artists on an ongoing basis. By further informing our community of the wide variety of high-quality movement vocabularies existing in the world of 21st Century dance, we aspire to contribute to the bright future of contemporary dance in Nashville: training teachers, dancers, and choreographers to interpret and make work that is well-researched and inspiring. For information on partnering with New Dialect in our efforts to enrich our community with new dance workshops and performances, email us at