Colleen Thomas Dance

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

 "a lean, precise dancer,"
-The New York Times

Artistic Director 

Colleen Thomas is a New York based choreographer and performing artist. She began her professional career with the Miami Ballet and went on to work with renowned contemporary choreographers such as Nina Wiener Dance Company, Donald Byrd/The Group, Bebe Miller Dance Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and The Kevin Wynn Collection among others. In 1997 a creative collaboration with Bill Young evolved into an intimate company focused on rigorous physicality and dynamic partnering. Their work has been seen throughout the U.S, Europe, Asia, and South America. Now interested in focusing on illuminating her vision of contemporary work, Thomas has formed ColleenThomasDance. Thomas has presented her work in Hong Kong, Estonia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, and Russia and in New York at Joyce Soho, Danspace Project, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop, The Miller Theater, Danny K. Playhouse, and The Kumble Arts Center, as well as at Cal State Long Beach, University of Maryland, Connecticut College, Ursinus College, East Carolina University, and Minneapolis at the Ritz Theater, Southern Theater, and The New Guthrie.

Thomas received her BA in psychology from SUNY Empire State College and her MFA in Dance from University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus, The New School, Barnard College, Skidmore College, and Bates College. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College of Columbia University.

Artistic Mission 


Colleen Thomas Dance challenges itself to occur from a place of collaboration and discovery - a place unknown where exploration and unearthing ultimately stirs audiences through movement. With richly evocative and visual choreography, Thomas’ work challenges the traditional concert dance paradigm in search of a shared emotional experience with performers and audience. Dancers bound through the air, eating up space, diving across the floor, and sharing the burden of each other’s weight with honesty and passion. The company explores human connection through the intricate conversations of bodies through space. The company strives to invite discourse on form, content, perception, effect, and sensation, and to challenge the audience to look at dance, art and life in varied ways. The company embraces and thus seeks to exhibit the diversity in humanity on stage, as it is a reflection of life and to share these generative processes with other communities domestic and abroad.

Artistic Collaborators

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