Vincent - dancer, choreographer and educator - received his MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a BME in Music from the University of South Carolina. He has danced with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (DC), Dance Repertory Theatre (FSU), Randy James Dance Works (NY/NJ), and EDGEWORKS Dance Theater (DC). His choreography has been presented at various national and international venues, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland where he received rave reviews for his performance of “Come Change” (2012) and “iWitness” (2014). Vincent was awarded a 2009 Baker Artist People’s Choice Award, the 2011-2012 Towson University Student Government Association Faculty Member of the Year, a 2014-2015 NextLook Artist for the University of Maryland College Park and Joe’s Movement Emporium, a 2012-13 American Dance Institute Incubator Artist (MD), a 2016 Baker Artist Award finalist, and the 2017 Pola Nirenska Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance (DC). He is an Urban Bush Women BOLD Facilitator, faculty member for the UBW Summer Institutes (NY), and Professor of Dance at Towson University (MD).
His multi-dimensional company VTDance 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.
Artistic Director / Choreographer
Vincent E. Thomas
Ralph is a former principal dancer with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He has performed in several Broadway productions, including A Chorus Line, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, Reggae and Bubblin’ Brown Sugar. He served as Resident Dance Supervisor for The Lion King-Los Angeles Production. He has worked on several productions with Debbie Allen and The Debbie Allen Dance Academy, The Lula Washington Dance Theater, The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, The Dance Institute of Washington as Instructor/Rehearsal Coach/ Choreographer/Stage Manager and Performer. He has recently been awarded The Legend of Dance Award presented by The Black College Dance Exchange. He is now Professor of Jazz Dance at American University and an instructor at Dance Place and The Washington Ballet@ THEARC.
Sylvia is the founder and Artistic Director of Coyaba Dance Theater. Coyaba is a 2001 and 2004 recipient of the D.C. Dance Award for outstanding group performance. She has studied, performed, and taught throughout the DC Metro area and abroad. She has studied in Conakry, Guinea with Les Ballets Africaines, and Senegal under the director of Bouly Sonko, Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Senegal. She also performed with Erika Thimey Dance Theater and Carla & Company. Sylvia is the head of Dance Place’s African dance program and an instructor of African dance at Dance Place. In 2015 she was awared the Pola Nirenska Award for outstanding contributions to the field of dance and the D.C. community. Coyaba Dance Theater will Celebrate 20 years of African dance and drumming at Dance Place this March. She is also the Associate Artistic Director of DanceAfrica, DC.
Devin is based in New York City where he creates for theatre, dance, music, and live events. Recent credits include: 2017 Drama Desk Award winning production The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (National Theatre of Scotland), Their Eyes Were Watching God with Tony Award winning director Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Billie Holiday Theatre), 12 Angry Men with Tony Award winning director George Faison (Billie Holiday Theatre), Water± national tour (NPR/National Public Radio), Cinderella (Company XIV), and resident lighting designer of special events at critically acclaimed immersive theatre experience Sleep No More (Punchdrunk NYC).
Passionate about modern dance and experimental theater, Ben aims to combine his dance and theater training with his knowledge of theater technology to make awesome art. Since 2007, Ben has worked as the Technical Director/Theater Manager of Dance Place (Washington, DC). As Resident Lighting Designer at Dance Place, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with many dance artists including Wally Cardona, Tiffany Mills Company, Lionel Popkin, Nejla Yatkin/NY2Dance, PEARSONWIDRIG Dance Theater and EDGEWORKS Dance Theater. He was named "Best Up-For-Anything Technical Director" in the Washington City Paper. Ben holds a degree in Theater Arts and Mathematics from Drew University. He also works as the Production Manager for the National Performance Network.
Sujan is a visual artist and an educator. He focuses on the interdisciplinary research in games and media. He is an assistant professor at the Division of Sciences, Information Arts and Technologies at the University of Baltimore (UB), where he teaches courses in games and interactive technologies. Sujan has M.F.A. in in the Imaging and Digital Arts and B.A. in Animation and Interactive Media from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He was born in Nepal and currently lives with his family in Catonsville, Maryland. His students at the University of Baltimore GameLab majoring in the Simulation and Digital Entertainment (Jared Rixter, Kelsey Griffin and Cristian Villalobos) have provided support in developing visual contents in this production.
Jeffrey is a freelance Composer/Sound Designer based in Washington, D.C. He has studied theatre at SUNY Buffalo and University of Maryland, College Park. Jeff utilizes his background in music, composition and theatre arts in order to immerse the audience in worlds of imagination. He could not function as a theatre artist without his inspiration, Leigh-Ann. Recent work includes Orange Grove Dance: Un Castell Built for Two and Waking Darkness Waiting Light; Interrobang Theatre: Kerrmoor; Studio Theatre: Out of Silence; Rebollar Dance: Sacred Profane; Olney Theatre Center: Guys & Dolls; UMD: Hauntings & Invoking Justice; The Human Capacity; WSC Avant Bard: Holiday Memories.
Judith, a native Washingtonian, has designed and created costumes for Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co, Mirenka Checova, VTDance, Nejla Yatkin NY2Dance, Word Dance, Robert Battle, Karen Reedy Dance, Dakshina, The Washington Ballet, Eric Hampton Dance, DanceSmith, CityDance Ensemble, The Juilliard School, George Washington University, Clancyworks, Rincones and Company Dance Theater, Universal Ballet, Deborah Riley, Alvin Mayes and Maida Withers, individual artists of American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet & Kirov Ballet. Ms. Hansen has created new costumes for the works of Isadora Duncan, Anna Sokolow and Twyla Tharp. Ms. Hansen is the recipient of 3 Metro D.C. Dance Awards for Excellence in Costume Design. In addition to dance Ms. Hansen has created costumes for the Washington Opera, Opera Lafayette, The Shakespeare Theatre, The Warehouse Theatre Players, The Shakespeare Summer Festival and Theatre Fifty-Four.
Faedra is a freelance dramaturg and an associate professor in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of Coloring Whiteness: Acts of Critique in Black Performance and has served as a dramaturg for a number of theatre companies, among them: Arena Stage, Crossroads Theatre Company, Center Stage, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Faedra Chatard Carpenter
Heinz Adajaka, Tony Byrd, Rita Burns, Patrick Casimir, Stephanie Crockett, Sara Herrera, Jessica McNube, and Vincent Thomas.