UNIVERSAL: dance, the common language of expression
TANGIBLE: accessible to a multi-cultural and multi-generational audience
ESSENTIAL: addresses the human condition and spirit
Vincent E. Thomas founded VTDance as an outlet for performance projects including solo, group, and collaborative choreographic endeavors. VTDance is multi-dimensional. The work builds on the use of contemporary dance, improvisation, text/ movement, a variety of sound sources, and collaborations with other artists, including dancers, musicians, poets, visual artists, and others [to be discovered]. These ideas coupled with witty, poignant, athletic and gestural movement are the rich palette for VTDance. Vincent works in and with communities with a variety of workshops, Table Talks, master classes, and community engagement activities.
Vincent E. Thomas, dancer, choreographer and teacher, received his MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a BME in Music from the University of South Carolina. He has danced with Dance Repertory Theatre (FSU), Randy James Dance Works (NY/NJ), EDGEWORKS Dance Theater (DC), and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (MD). His choreography has been presented at various national and international venues including DUMBO Festival (NY), Velocity Festival (DC), Modern Moves Festival (DC), Philly Fringe (PA), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK-Scotland), Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, Avignon, France, Athens, Greece, and Bari, Italy. He was selected as one of eleven choreographers from around the world to convene for the 2005 Omi International Dance Collective and served as the guest mentor for the 2007 Dance Omi residents. Vincent is a recipient of a 2009 Best of Baltimore- Choreographer Award, 2009 Baker Artist Choice Award (B Grant), a 2009 Metro DC Dance Award for Outstanding Overall Production (for his new work “Witness”), several Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Dance Awards, a 2008 Kennedy Center Local Dance Commission Project Award, two 2006 Metro DC Dance Awards for Emerging Choreographer, and Outstanding New Work (for his evening length work the “Grandmother Project”). He received rave reviews for his performance of “Come Change” in the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. His work “We Hold These Truths…” was selected for the 2012 National ACDFA Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Vincent was awarded the 2011-2012 Towson University Student Government Association Faculty Member of the Year. Vincent was the Movement Coach/Choreographer for Everyman Theater’s production of Brother’s Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney in Baltimore, MD (2012), the Choreographer for Mosaic Theater’s production of Unexplored Interior by Jay O Sanders in Washington, DC (2015), and the Movement Consultant for Everyman Theater’s production of Los Otros by Ellen Fitzhugh and Michael John LaChiusa (2017). He performed his bold and stirring solo “iWitness” at Dance Base in the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. He is a 2014-2015 NextLook Artist for the University of Maryland College Park and Joe’s Movement Emporium. He premiered “F.E.A.R. Project” with Annika B. Lewis in Denmark and the US in 2016. Vincent is a 2012-13 American Dance Institute Incubator Artist (MD), an Urban Bush Women BOLD Facilitator, faculty member for the UBW Summer Institutes (NY and LA), and Professor of Dance at Towson University (MD).