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Kate Thomas

Kate Thomas is currently Director of The School at Steps and teaches Advanced Ballet Repertory.

As an artistic director and choreographer, Thomas is known for creating ballets that range from deeply emotional personal stories to intricate interpretations of a wide variety of music. From "So What" set to Miles Davis's 1955 classic to "Requiem" set to Handel's Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (a "visceral portrayal of grief"), Thomas' work touches its audiences by applying intelligence, wit and a challenging ballet vocabulary.

Originally a modern choreography, her work was presented at Dance Theater Workshop, the Westbeth Theater Center, the 92 Street Y, Ballet Arts at City Center, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Thomas' choreography took a new direction when she began creating works on pointe. "Dreaming Albemarle" a ballet in six sections was presented by To the Pointe as part of its 10th anniversary season. Thomas choreographed a segment of "Cinderella Dance, Cinderella Sing" for Lincoln Center's "Real to Reel". In 2008 Thomas was awarded inclusion in the "Ballet Builders" The New Choreographers on Pointe choreographer competition. Her ballet "Caution and Measurement" was performed at the Danny Kaye Playhouse April 12 and 13, 2008. "Caution and Measurement" depicts the darker side of intimacy and the loneliness one can experience in spite of it.

Thomas founded B.Muse Inc, a not for profit organization that supports her chamber ballet company Ballet Neo. B.Muse Inc. has provided dance programs, lecture demonstrations and performances to schools in Harlem, the South Bronx, and throughout Upper Manhattan. B.Muse Inc. received support from the New York State Council for the Arts, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Newman's Own Foundation, California First Foundation Citibank and others. Ballet Neo performs regularly as company in residence at the Riverdale Y in the Bronx, New York. The company will participate in annual benefit performances as well as offer full evening performances.