Thomas Porras

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Thomas started studying and performing early, competing on "Star Search" and featured in many commercial industrials for corporations such as Mazda, General Motors, Aveda, The Boy Scouts of America, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Diesel and Avon. He trained at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, Marsh School of Classical Ballet and worked with Cirque du Soleil Choreographer Debra Brown’s dance company Apogee, studying with trampolinists, acrobats, and contortionists. His performance credits include Radio City, the CMA’s with Shania Twain and The Dance Hall of Fame Los Angeles honoring Rob Marshall and Chita Rivera. He was a featured performer and dance captain for the New York City, Los Angeles, and European productions of Michael Jackson’s Sisterella.  He also co-conceived and was assistant director for Universal Studio’s Grand Opening of Islands of Adventure featured on CNN and was hosted by Steven Spielberg and included Grammy Award Winning Gospel artist Kirk Franklin, the coordination of 300 dancers, 40 foot inflatables and Spider- Man repelling from a helicopter over thousands of spectators. Other choreography credits include Michael Bolton’s world tour playing theaters and arenas worldwide. He was awarded a Theatre Critics Award for best choreography of a new musical by the L.A. Times for his work at PCPA Theatrefest in the new musical The Wildest!!! Hip, Cool and Swinging which he co-authored and was published by New York publishing house Samuel French, Inc. His love of teaching has continued through training and working with The National Dance Institute in New York City, NDI New Mexico and The Chicago Dance Institute--working with hundreds of school children nationwide.