Thomas/Ortiz Dance presents the choreographic works of Ted Thomas and Frances Ortiz, with a focus on developing a musical, athletic and sensual approach to dance. Melding his urban athleticism with her Latin sensuality, to husband and wife team founded Thomas/Ortiz Dance in 2001, introducing a fresh and emotionally engaging new vision to contemporary dance. The company of twelve dancers from culturally diverse backgrounds performs a repertoire which explores a multitude of thought-provoking and socially-relevant themes. Mr. Thomas and Ms. Ortiz try to inspire younger generations to participate in dance as an outlet for creative expression, and as a way of developing a healthy life style through the arts. Thomas/Ortiz conducts a wide variety of community-based outreach programs and activities, including classes, lecture demonstrations and workshops.
The Ted Thomas Dance Foundation is the 501©3 non-for-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate the Thomas/Ortiz Dance company to spread the art of dance across the country and around the world. The basic audiences of the Foundation’s activities range from socio-economically disadvantaged communities throughout the New England States, New York, New Jersey and abroad to all lovers of dance worldwide.