Thom Dancy - Executive Director
Thom Dancy has worked in the arts non-profit sector for 10 years in communications, outreach, and leadership roles for dance companies across the United States. He has worked as the Social Media Coordinator for The Big Muddy Dance Company, and as Malashock Dance’s Outreach and Communications Coordinator. For both organizations, Thom oversaw grant writing and support, social media marketing, program planning/implementation, and community building with arts partners. One of his favorite past projects was working with Joshua Manculich to win him the Princess Grace Award for Choreography in 2015.
Thom has presented on the topics of social media and dance education to the Board of Directors at Arts for Learning San Diego, The Arts Empower Mega-Conference, and San Diego Unified School District. Thom has previously served on the communications committee for AERO San Diego, as well as on the executive committee for Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego.
Thom studied Ballet Performance at the University of Oklahoma, and danced for Milwaukee Ballet II, Grand Rapids Ballet, The Big Muddy Dance Company, The Muny, and Malashock Dance before his retirement. Thom is still an active teacher and choreographer, travelling nationally as a guest artist and has received multiple awards for his work at Youth America Grand Prix and various dance festivals.
For the past three years, Thom has been a part of the TRBP family as the company's inaugural Managing Director and now Executive Director. Through his work, the company has grown from a $30,000 to $300,000 budget and engaged students across San Diego in numerous dance education workshops. Thom is most proud of the success of TRBP's flagship outreach program, The Ballet Machine, which will reach 40 classrooms in 2022.
When he's not working on TRBP, you can find him in the dance studio with the students he loves or having a whiskey on his patio while playing with his dog, Zoey.