Vincent Thomas named "Baltimore's Best Choreographer"
"Late last year, Towson University Professor Vincent Thomas performed his ambitious dance piece, Witness", at the Kennedy Center. Full of grand gestures, big ideas, and music ranging from solo cello to hip hop beats, it succeeded as a thought-provoking work and hinited at greatness to come for its creator. Check it out at the Kennedy website where a 2007 performance of Thomas' the Grandmother Project is also archieved."
Vincent Thomas is the recipient of the Baker Artist Award Baltimore Choice Prize
Congratulations to Vincent E. Thomas, Associate Professor of Dance for being chosen as a Baker Artist Award Baltimore Choice Prize. The awards were announced on MPT, Wednesday night, March 25th, 2009. Vincent was one of ten artists receiving awards from the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund. Please visit www.bakerartistawards.org to learn more about the Baker Artist Awards and to see all 10 winners and browse their submissions. You can also view the MPT show from the March 25th broadcast. All winners will be in exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art from April 29 through June 28, 2009.
Source: Baltimore Magazine, Best of Baltimore
August, 2009, Page 151
Vincent Thomas is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Prior to pursuing his graduate degree at FSU, he taught music in Columbia, SC, and danced with Dancework Jazz Company, serving as principal dancer and Associate Artistic Director. He was a scholarship student and staff assistant for the American Dance Festival (‘95-‘97), and returned to ADF (1999) to assist teaching Community Crossover. He has danced with Dance Repertory Theatre (FSU), Randy James Dance Works (NY/NJ), Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (MD), is a guest performer with EDGEWORKS Dance Theater (DC) and an adjunct artist for Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Vincent’s choreography has been presented at national and international venues including Diverse Works (TX), Flynn Performance Space (VT), Contemporary Arts Center (CA), Music Hall (MI), Jack Guidone Theatre at Joy of Motion (DC), Lisner Auditorium (DC), National Museum of Women in the Arts (DC), Towson University (MD), Artscape (MD), Wilkes University (PA), Takoma Theatre (DC), Gordon Center (MD), Theatre Project (MD), the Baltimore Museum of Art (MD), Center for the Arts at George Mason University (VA), the Urban Bush Women Summer Institutes, the 2005 International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference (CA), Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, and the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland.
He presented his solo “Prelude/Frustration in a Martini” at the 2003 Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Arts and Cultural Heritage Division Twentieth Annual Choreographers’ Showcase, a gala concert of dances selected for their choreographic excellence by a panel of nationally recognized adjudicators, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (MD). In June 2005, he premiered “Primavera Portena” in collaboration with the Ahn Trio for the 2005 Bands of America Summer Symposium. Vincent is a recipient of a 2007 and 2005 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Choreography, 2005 City Arts & Humanities Individual Artist Grant, 2004 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Solo Dance Performance, and a 2004 Henry C. Welcome Fellowship. He was selected as one of eleven choreographers from around the world to convene for the 2005 Omi International Dance Collective (NY). He is the 2006 recipient of two MetroDC Dance Awards- Emerging Choreographer and Outstanding New Work for the Grandmother Project, and a 2006 Maryland State Arts Individual Artist Award for Choreography. He is presently a faculty member for the Urban Bush Women Summer Institutes (NY) and an Associate Professor at Towson University (MD Areas of Professional Involvement).