Created in 2017, STU Arts Dance is a conglomerate of Founder, Briana Ashley Stuart's experiences in performance, teaching, choreography and arts-related services and consultancy. Her extensive experience in movement and dance contributes to her interest in creating and executing movement based curriculums and performances to improve the world and the individual, solve problems and create strong connections within various communities.
Meet the Team
Briana Ashley Stuart
Founder & Lead Teaching Artist
International Dance Artist Briana Ashley Stuart is an American performer, teacher choreographer, and entrepreneur who currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, USA Briana Stuart (Top left) received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Michigan. After graduation, she performed and taught, nationally and internationally as independent artist as well as with StepAfrika!, the worlds first dance company dedicated to the art form of stepping, and contemporary dance company SJEwing & Dancers at numerous colleges/universities, festivals, showcases, as well as many others. Currently owns and operates STU Arts Dance, and performs as a singer, dancer and actor in her independant projects as well as with ZIKIT and 4Hoog Children's Theater. She is also an Artist-In-Residence at Citylab Pianofabriek, an arts incubator of emerging artists. View Briana's artistic website here.
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Brienne Mizell is a professional international dancer, choreographer, and performer. Born in the USA she has studied and performed dance all over the world, now she is a freelance dance artist in Europe based in Brussels, Belgium. She graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Dance Performance and Choreography in Ballet and Contemporary and a minor in Business and attended the Institute of the Arts Barcelona in Spain. From choreographing and performing in Olympic Opening Ceremonies, to working the Vail International Dance Festival to dancing in Egypt and Turkey. She loves sharing dance and movement with students all over the world!
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Marie-Laure Lesage is a freelance dancer, dance teacher, co-founder and co-director of The Dancing Society, an artist collective based in Brussels. In 2020, she co-created the Trio Résonances and choreographed Phantasticus Suite, a project selected for the Festival Courants d'Airs 2021, organised by the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. The same year, she directed dance videos for a project developed by The Dancing Society: Co ⋅ LAB and worked on the production of the collective's first short film, Du battement des jours. In August 2021, she danced at the Zomer Van Asiat in Vilvoorde for the event Asiat klinkt! She also presented the duet Symbiosis with the violinist Cecilia Rezaval, as well as the work in progress Le Temps Lisse at the Bruegel Cultural Centre as part of the performances organised by The Dancing Society. She has also been invited to dance the duet Symbiosis during the Parcours d'Artistes de ProfondsART-Limal in September 2021. Since July 2021 she has been working in Brussels with the American dance artist and choreographer Briana Ashley Stuart.
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Borna Babić (1994, Croatia) studied at Codarts, Rotterdam. During his internship he worked with Marina Mascarell and Club Guy & Roni’s PDC. He continued working with Club Guy & Roni in the tour of Mechanical Ecstasy (2018). In 2019 he became part of Wim Vandekeybus / Ultima Vez in the creation of Die Bakchen. Since then, he performed in Traces (2019) and Hands do not touch your precious Me (2021). As a young maker he received the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam Production award for Peeping Eye on the International Competition for Choreographers Hanover, and therefore he created the dance short film The end does not see (2021). Same year he created his first full-evening performance Okvir / The frame for Zagreb Dance Company.
Khushboo Agarwal is an Indian dancer, choreographer and teacher. While she has an interest in different dance forms from Indian classical to modern jazz, her style is a combination of bollywood and hip-hop. She has been performing since she was 7 years old and she has experience choreographing performances for dance recitals, competitions, and special events. With a passion for cultural exchange and community, she is excited to share her love and passion for Bollywood dance with the Brussels community.
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Blog Writer & Social Media Intern
Originally from Burlington Ontario, Canada, Nara trained at Linda Collins School of Dance, McCarthy School of Dance, as well as Carol Kitchens Dance Centre, specializing in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. She completed the Royal Conservatory of Dance, and in the summer of 2015, she completed her Teacher Association exam with the Royal Academy of Dance in Toronto Ontario. Throughout those years, she also competed professionally with both Linda Collins School of Dance, as well as Carol Kitchen’s Dance Centre. She studied Criminology, Law and Human Rights for her Bachelors and International Law for her Masters. She is currently a social media marketer and events coordinator for freelance artists in both Canada and in Brussels. She loves being able to create art through dance, and sharing them in any way she can.