Ballet Neo's creative team includes guest artists from a wide range of disciplines.
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 performed with Graham based companies. Following her first work’s inclusion in Eleo Pomare’s Vital Arts Dance Festival Thomas turned from performance to choreography.
Her company, Ballet Neo, performs regularly in venues such as the Downtown Dance Festival, 4 Voices at Manhattan Movement and Arts, The Brooklyn Dance Festival, Dancers Responding to AIDS, The International Dance Festival of Staten Island Ballet, City Center Studios, NY.
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 also served as the Director of The School at Steps, a Division of Steps on Broadway, and teaches Advanced Ballet Repertory. In the position of Director, she redefined and developed the academic year curriculum-based program in all three divisions (Young Dancers, Technique, and Pre-Professional), has created new programs for the Young Dancers Program, and has enhanced the Summer Programs offered by the school.