Thomas Wadelton

Thomas sings and tap dances. He draws on Black American folk traditions and their close ties to jazz music and rhythm.

Early years: greatly influenced by teachers Grant Swift (New Zealand tap dance pioneer) and Christopher Horsey (Tap Dogs founding member).

2010-13: principal dancer with Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, Texas with Artistic director Acia Gray.

2013-19: living out of a suitcase. Based briefly in Barcelona, Rome, and Reykjavik, Iceland.

2020-23: leading various jazz groups in Australia in addition to studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Monash University.

2023-Present: again living out of a suitcase. Performing tour of Asia; dance study trip to Guinea.

Events/venues include: Shanghai Int. Arts Festival; Moscow Tsaritsyno Palace, Melbourne's Hammer Hall; Woodford Folk Fest; Falls Music and Arts Festival; Apollo Bay Music Festival; Quebec DANSEncore; Iðnó—Iceland's oldest theatre; Performing tours of China and Switzerland; Herräng Dance Camp Sweden; Beijing Swingtime Ball, Bangkok Digadigadoo at Shanghaimansion.