Collette Stewart

Teaching Faculty/Pilates Certificate Director

B125 Lathrop Hall

1050 University Ave

Madison, WI 53706-1304

Stewart, Collette

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The New York Times has described Collette Stewart as an “acute, subtle mover and an expressive performer.” Her professional career as a dancer and choreographer has spanned the last 25 years, during which time she has danced with Jin-Wen Yu Dance and Li Chiao-Ping Dance in Madison, Wisconsin, wild goose chase in Maine, 1*4*8 the collective and Dixiefun Dancetheater in New York, and Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas. Her choreography has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce Soho, Gelsey Kirkland Performing Arts Center and Peridance in New York as well as at Festivals around the country in San Francisco, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and New Mexico. She presented work internationally at the World Dance Alliance Global Summit in France in 2014. Collette completed her MFA in Dance at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee where she received the Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship Award.
As a performer and movement educator, Collette incorporates imagery and anatomy as a means to heighten people’s internal understanding of the body in motion and kinesthetic awareness of experience. In addition to her dance degrees, Collette earned Pilates certification through The Pilates Center in Boulder and Yoga Certification through Kripalu Yoga. In 2004, Collette started Movement Insights, LLC. Through Movement Insights, she offered Pilates classes and private sessions and began a teacher training program that ran 2007-2019. From 2008-2015, Collette owned and taught at the Blue Mounds Pilates Center in Blue Mounds. In 2015, she opened Pilates on Harrison in Madison, WI and continues to teach there today. As a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Collette teaches Contemporary Dance, Somatics and Repertory classes and directs the Pilates Certificate, a 20-credit Pilates teacher training curriculum she designed in 2012.


  • MFA Performing Arts, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2014
  • BFA Modern Dance, Texas Christian University, 1995

Select Creative Works

  • Stewart, Collette (Choreographer), "Anything but Ordinary," ACDA gala concert/Tension, Morris, MN/Madison, WI. (2019). Media Link
  • Stewart, Collette (Choreographer), "Dissolution," Dane Arts Dance/Dumbo Dance Festival/A Night at the Modern, Madison, WI/New York, NY/Fort Worth, TX. (2019). Media Link
  • Stewart, Collette (Choreographer), "How to Build a Better Anne," Winter Rise, Madison, WI. (2019). Media Link
  • Stewart, Collette (Choreographer), "Life & Death," ExChange Dance Festival, Tulsa, OK. (2019). Media Link
  • Stewart, Collette (Choreographer), "Crossing Hemispheres," Two: Exploring Duos, Madison, WI. (2016). Media Link
  • Stewart, Collette (Choreographer), "Forever an Instant," Madison, WI. (2015). Media Link
  • Stewart, Collette (Choreographer), "Ordinary Dances," Madison, WI. (2014). Media Link
  • Stewart, Collette (Choreographer), "Nondistraction," Dancemakers, Milwaukee, WI/New York, NY. (2013). Media Link
  • Stewart, Collette (Choreographer), "Thirst," Dancemakers 2014/ ACDA Gala Selection, Milwaukee, WI/Mankato, MN. (2013). Media Link
  • Stewart, Collette (Choreographer), "Passive Voice," 100 Year Lathrop Celebration, Madison, WI. (2010). Media Link

Select Awards and Honors

  • Teaching Innovation Award for Online Pilates Mat Course, 2020
  • Educational Innovation Small Grant, UW Dance Pilates Video Library, 2019
  • Gala Selected Work - Anything but Ordinary, ACDA, 2018
  • Virginia Horne Henry Grant, 2014
  • Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award, 2013
  • Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship, 2013
  • Gala Selected Work - Thirst, ACDA, 2013