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Master Class with Bill Thomas

January 31, 2015

Bill Thomas

Take this opportunity to learn from former Broadway dancer and award-winning choreographer Bill Thomas!  Space is limited so register early!  Financial Aid Available!

Register below or call 330-264-2787 x201 for more information.

AGES 8-10     Register Now!

9:00 – 10:00 am Ballet

$8 Nonmembers $6 Members

AGES 11-13    Register Now!

10:00 – 11:00 am Ballet; 11:00 am – Noon Contemporary/Lyrical

$15 Nonmembers $12 Members

AGES 14+      Register Now!

1:00 – 2:30 pm Ballet; 2:30 – 3:30 pm Lester Horton Technique; 3:30 – 4:30 pm Contemporary

$25 Nonmembers $20 Members



Bill Thomas has performed in concert works such as: The Green Table (K. Jooss), Don Quixote/ Pas de Deux (after Petipa), Galena Summit (K. Posin), and Polenc (M. Simms), among others. He has performed and gained entrance into dance companies such as: Webster Dance Theater (St. Louis), Buffalo City Ballet (Buffalo, NY), Off-Track Dancers (St. Louis), The Thomas Dance Collection (Director/Choreographer) (Buffalo), David Puszh Dance Company (Chicago), Joel Hall Dancers (apprentice) (Chicago), and Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theater (apprentice) (NYC). His musical theater credits include: Anything Goes w/ Chita Riveria(AEA), The Unsinkable Molly Brown w/ Ann Reinking(AEA), Sesame Street Live (AEA)(National Tours) and The Black Musical Review. As an independent/ freelance artist he has performed at: La Mama E.T.C. (Off Broadway-NYC)/US, The International Theatre Festival of Barranquilla/ Columbia, The Toronto Fringe Festival/ Canada, and The International Festival for Arts/ Argentina, among others.

His choreography has been seen at/on: Ailey Citigroup Theater(NYC), Thelma Hill Performing Arts-Kumble Theater (LIU-Brooklyn), The Thomas Dance Collection(Director/Choreographer), Buffalo City Ballet, Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble-Philadelphia, Philadanco II, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Choreography Showcase, International Theater Festival/ Mexico City, Danco On Danco Choreography Showcase, Zodiaque Dance Company, Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theater, Danza Una/Costa Rica, Buffalo Dance Festival, and Hampton University, among others.

Mr. Thomas’ teaching credits include: Philadanco, Rochester City Ballet, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble (Ballet Master/Rehearsal Dir.), Buffalo City Ballet, Spezio’s Dance Dynamics, Montgomery County Community College, Conservatory and School of the Arts in St. Louis, Empire State Ballet, National University of Costa Rica-Heredia, American Academy of Dance, Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School, Florida A&M University, The Black College Dance Exchange, The French-English School in Barranquilla, Colombia, Losdenmedium Danza in Costa Rica, Amsterdam Dance Center in the Netherlands, Instituto de Danzas Espanolas & Ballet Folklorico in Argentina, and formerly at S.U.N.Y. @ Buffalo where he was Head of Ballet, Associate Professor & Director of Dance.

Mr. Thomas’s training includes: Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Dance Theater of Harlem, John Barker’s Vaganova Teacher Training Seminar, Broadway Dance Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Hubbard Street Dance Studio, and with master teachers such as: Finis Jhung, Madame Darvash, Madame Lavinia Williams, and Homer Bryant among others, and studied choreography from luminaries such as: Bessie Schonberg, Phyllis Lamhut and Vera Blaine.

He has adjudicated for organizations such as NAACP ACT-SO, Winners Talent Showcase Nationals, and Links Inc. International, among others and as a panelist for organizations such as the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Cultural Arts Fund (Philadelphia), and Buffalo/Erie Arts Council. He also has teaching awards from S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo and the A.K.A. Sorority and holds a B.A. in Dance (Ballet Major) from Webster University Conservatory in St. Louis, Missouri, and an M.A. in Dance(Choreography/Pedagogy) from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he received the University Fellowship and Teaching Fellowship.