Colleen Thomas Dance

"the beautiful and the ominous mingle in thoughtfully poetic ways" - Village Voice





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November 16 & 17, 2018

but the sun came up and we were here
an evening-length premiere with international artists from Poland, Belarus and the Ukraine

November 16 & 17, 8pm
Lublin Dance Theater

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May 3-5, 2019

but the sun came up and we were here
with international artists from Poland, Belarus and the Ukraine

May 3, 4 & 5, 2019
La MaMa Moves, etc.

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Made possible because of generous support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and Barnard College.



December 2017

Bari, Italy

In early December, I'm headed to Bari, Italy to teach a workshop and explore some questions around my solo project looking at women artists during fascist times. I plan to share the questions and experiences I am grappling with, with 5 other women artists from Poland, Greece, Brazil, Venezuela, and Italy - all women who are living in political climates they don’t agree with.


December 15 & 16, 2017

NOW with Bill Young / Colleen Thomas Co.
A LIT (Loft into Theater) performance at Hundred Grand

December 15 & 16, 8pm
100 Grand Street (btwn Mercer & Greene)
Space is limited, please RSVP by email



November 2017

Lublin, Poland

Colleen Thomas Dance held a workshop and audition for a new project at the International Dance Theatres Festival in Lublin, Poland.


July 2017

The Watermill Center, NY

Arts and Science retreat on Consciousness with Robert Wilson at his special home – The Watermill Center. Colleen shared performance, research and discourse with 29 other artists and scientists. 



June 23-25th, 2017

Durham, North Carolina

Bill Young / Colleen Thomas Co. performed Interleaving and led master classes at American Dance Festival. 


June 2017

Paris, France

The USF/Barnard Dance in Paris program  immerses students in Parisian dance culture while they participate in technique and composition classes and perform original work. 


March 2017

Vancouver Ballet Society

Colleen was a Guest Artist for Vancouver Ballet Society.


February 2017

California State University, Long Beach, CA

Colleen was a Guest Artist for the university.


January 2017

Hundred Grand, NY



December 2016

Hundred Grand, NY



December 2016

Long Beach, CA

Bodies Matter


September 16-18, 2016

Nolan Park - Building 10A on Governor's Island (map)

Welcome Home is a new site-specific dance work by Colleen Thomas chronicling her evolving relationship with Governors Island. Inspired by her father’s photographs from her childhood on the Island in the 1970s, the performers will encourage audiences to find themselves at home in the spaces and memories of this island sanctuary. 

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August 2016

Festival Nacional de Danza, Costa Rica

Colleen traveled and performed with longtime friend and collaborator Adriane Fang in their duet, Stupid is a Bad Word with some extraordinary artists. 

Here’s a review in Spanish! >


January 17, 2016

at New York City Center

Colleen Thomas Dance performed HER(E) REPETITIVE BLUEPRINT for APAP - Pentacle.




October 23-25, 2015


Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm
at 92nd St Y's Buttenwieser Hall (map)


In Thomas’ first evening-length piece, the inevitability of our perception is called into question. A web of perceived social, gender and racial narratives runs rampant across the shapes and mounds of bodies.

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October 4th, 2015

7pm performance at Dixon Place

Pentacle's Fall Further



September 26, 2015

5pm reception & 6pm performance
at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanic Gardens (map)


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August 14, 2015

Joffrey Summer Intensive performs a new work by Colleen Thomas at Symphony Space


June 5, 2015

just give me ten seconds screening at 2015 Dance Film Lab at Triskelion Arts in the Muriel Schulman Theater

April 24, 2015

Colleen Thomas supported Art Saves Lives. 

March 11- 14, 2015

First Move
at Agnes Varis Theater
Gibney 280 Broadway


February 20 & 21, 2015

Then you took my hand

Alyssa Vernet at SUNY Purchase


January 10, 2015 

100 Grand Loft

November 20-22, 2015

Her(e) Again Untitled 

Barnard/Columbia Dances
at New York Live Arts


July 2016 Watermill Arts Center - Science and Art Conference.

June 2016 Barnard & USF Dance in Paris program.

May 2016 Panel for Contemporary Dance in Bogota, Colombia.

April 2016 Onassis Cultural Center workshop/ performance in Athens, Greece and Arts Foundations workshop and Performance in Poznan, Poland.

March 2016 Barnard Symposium- Women Changing Europe in Paris

November 2015 What can neuroscience offer the study of creativity? Lecture and panel discussion, which is part of a new cross-disciplinary Columbia University Presidential initiative, Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience (PSSN).

July-August 2015  Joffrey Summer Intensive

June 2015 USF /Barnard Dance in Paris program

April 2015 Teaching at MDAA in Missoula, Montana

March 2015 Adjudicating at The Tank

March 2015 Performed with Ori Flomin for his First Move at Gibney Dance
Read the undergraduate journal On Our Terms interview >

November 23, 2014  Presentation on international improvisation for AALAC at Amherst College

November 20-22, 2014  Barnard/Columbia Dances at Live Arts perform Her(e) Again Untitled

October 24-26, 2014  Performance of Stupid is a Bad Word with Adriane Fang at Ailey theater

October 16-18  New work in progress at Triskelion Arts new space
Read a preview by The Dance Enthusiast >

October 16-18, 2014  Performance at Sam Houston University

October 10, 2014  Moderating the International Dance Panel at Barnard

August 2014  Teaching at Joffrey Summer Intensive

July 2014  Presentation of film "just give me ten seconds" at the Harn Museum in Gainsville, Florida

July 2014  Guest artist at UF Swamp Dance Festival

June 2014  Dance in Paris summer program USF and Barnard College

May 2014  LIT loft into theater NYC

April 2014  Performance of "For You" at New World School of the Arts, Miami, Florida

March 2014  Performance of "encounter" at TianziFang Arts Center in Shanghai, China

March 2014  Shanghai Theatre Academy of Dance

March 2014  Barnard Global Symposium Woman Changing China

March 2014  Dancing for Ori Flomin at Judson

February 2014  Skidmore College senior capstone commission

January 2014  Teaching at Palucca Academy, Dresden, Germany

September 2013  Interviewed by Jill Randal in "Life as a modern dancer"
Read it here >

December 2013  Art Basel project for Bill Bierne at the Sagamore Hotel

November 2013  Collaboration with Adriane Fang for UMD Fall Forward concert

September 2013  Sally Silvers a surprise every time

Summer 2013  Commission in Sao Paulo for Diadema dance company

Summer 2013  Joffrey  Intensive

Summer 2013  DNA summer intensive

Summer 2013  Barnard Dance in Paris







Photos ©  Alex Escalante, Gary Noel, Ian Douglas, Ernesto Mancebo, Yi-Chun Wu, Judy Stuart and Michael Discenza