He was born in Hackney and went to school in Walthamstow. In 1982 he enrolled at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in Deptford, where he was awarded a BA in Dance Theatre. After graduation he co-founded the dance company Adventures In Motion Pictures (MPA).
He didn't admit to himself that he was gay until he was 18. He then rang the telephone number for Gay Switchboard which was printed on the sleeve of Tom Robinson's single "Glad to be Gay" and he was directed to a gay youth club in Holloway.
In 1995 the Independent included him in its List of 40 influential gay men:
- "A self-evident gay sensibility informs his work from the witty Spitfire, danced in a variety of men's underwear, to his latest and massively popular Swan Lake, which replaces the female corps de ballet with powerfully erotic choreography for men and places tortured sexuality at the heart of the piece."