DANCERS, AND FRIENDS
Ballet Neo's creative team includes guest artists from a wide range of disciplines.
Guest Artist and Repertory Coach
KAREL HERNÁNDEZ CHAPELIN
ROBERT O. BELGER
Kate Thomas, Artistic Director of Ballet Neo creates contemporary ballets with mature narratives that range from deeply emotional personal stories to intricate interpretations of a wide variety of music.
Thomas trained at The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and danced with several Graham based companies. Following her first ballet's inclusion in Eleo Pomare’s Vital Arts Dance Festival Thomas turned from performance to choreography. Dedicated to dance education, Thomas developed an approach to movement for young children utilized by many studios and pre-schools throughout the city. Thomas founded B.Muse Inc., a not for profit corporation, to support her passion for choreography and dance education. B. Muse, Inc. provided dance programs, lecture demonstrations, and performances to schools in Harlem, the South Bronx, and throughout Upper Manhattan through her Morningside Heights Dance Development Program.
Kate Thomas served as the Director of The School at Steps, a Division of Steps on Broadway, where she redefined and developed the academic year curriculum-based program in all three divisions (Young Dancers, Technique, and Pre-Professional), created all programs for the Young Dancers Program and enhanced the Summer Programs. Thomas is currently directing all youth programs at the Peridance Capezio Center in New York City.