Based in Chicago, Tom is a freelance choreographer, teacher, and performer. He began his early training in the California desert before attending Virginia School of the Arts. Upon graduation in 2005 Tom was awarded the Margot Fonteyn Award for artistic excellence. He then danced with Richmond Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, and Cincinnati Ballet before joining Ballet West in 2008. There he began to amass many leading roles under the watchful eye of such greats as Cynthia Gregory, Anna Marie Holmes, and Sir Anthony Dowell. Dancing everything from Kylian to Ashton, he quickly rose through the company ranks and by 2013 was promoted to principal dancer. In 2014 Tom relocated to Chicago to join the newly formed contemporary ensemble Visceral Dance Chicago. After 2 years of immersing himself in the Chicago dance scene he was invited to join the first national tour of “An American in Paris”, the four time Tony Award winning musical directed & choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. Now back in Chicago, Tom is focusing on teaching and the development of his choreographic career. To date he has created world premieres for Ballet West, Ballet West II, Ballet West Academy, Dance in the Parks, Richmond Ballet, Utah Arts Festival, Ballet Arkansas, Charlottesville Ballet, Elite Choreographic Initiative, Arova Contemporary Ballet, Beijing Ballet Invitational, World Ballet Competition, and Youth America Grand Prix.