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Michael Thomas

Artistic Director, dancer and choreographer, Michael Thomas is the founder of BLACK TORTOISE DANCE. A native of Dillon, South Carolina, Thomas made his professional debut with renowned dancer and artistic director Judith Jamison. Mr. Thomas has performed principal roles with a variety of dance companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, being featured in Judith Jamison’s Emmy Award-winning PBS special, A Hymn for Alvin Ailey, performing a solo to his own words as interpreted by award winning actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith. Michael also danced with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in the critically acclaimed production of Men’s Stories, Zvi Gotheiner & Dancers, Dance Brazil, Donald Byrd/ The Group, and the Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Along with two former Ailey dancers, Elizabeth Roxas and Karine Plantadit, Mr. Thomas formed RhythMEK, enjoying rave reviews for their company premieres at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, as well as performances at Prospect Park’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, LMCC’s Evening Stars at the World Trade Center and the Telluride Dance Festival in Colorado. 

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