Tom Mattingly

Dancer  |  Choreographer |  InStructor

At the age of 4 Tom began lessons with Sierra Academy of Dance in his hometown of Ridgecrest, CA. In 2005 he graduated from Virginia School of the Arts and was awarded the prestigious Dame Margot Fonteyn Award for artistic excellence. At 17 he joined the Richmond Ballet where he danced for two seasons.  He then spent one season with Cincinnati Ballet before joining Ballet West in 2008 under the direction of Adam Sklute.  He was quickly promoted to soloist in 2010, first soloist in 2012, and to principal in 2013.  In 2014 Tom ventured to Chicago to dance with Nick Pupillo's newly formed Visceral Dance Chicago, which was selected one of Dance Magazine's  25 to Watch for 2015.  As a freelance artist Tom has had the privilege of working with Chatauqua Ballet, Ballet Arkansas, Cincinnati Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  His currently performing with the first national tour of the 4x Tony award winning musical "An American in Paris".

Excelling in classical, neoclassical,and contemporary work, Tom has quickly built a reputation as a versatile and magnetic performer.  His repertoire includes Oberon in Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, Sigfried in Adam Sklute’s Swan Lake, the Prince in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Tybalt in Victoria Morgan's Romeo & Juliet the title role in George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, the lead man in Balanchine's Rubies, Phlegmatic in Balanchine’s 4 Temperaments, the first pas de trios in Balanchine’s Agon, El Capitan in Balanchine’s Stars & Stripes, the first duet in Jiri Kylian’s  Petit Mort, the second pas de deux in Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels, the Solo Man in Nicolo Fonte’s Bolero, Red in Jiri Kylian's Forgotten Land, Bill Hutchinson in Val Caniparoli's The Lottery,  Beige Boy in Mark Morris' Gong, principal dancer in Susan Stroman's The Merry Widow, and swing in Christopher Wheeldon's An American in Paris.

Much like his performance career, Tom's choreographic range is vast.  With works from the romantically intimate to the vibrantly defiant, he manages to appeal to a broad audience demographic.  This versatility is grounded by a keen sense of musicality and interplay.  His works are often emotionally driven with intricate and unexpected partnering work. His approach to composition utilizes a classical base and manipulates it into something new and eye catching.  To date Tom has created works for Ballet West, Ballet West II, Ballet West Academy, Visceral Dance Chicago, Dance in the Parks, Aerial Dance Chicago, Elite Choreographic Initiative, Charlottesville Ballet, Utah Arts Festival, Arova Contemporary Ballet, and Honolulu Classical Ballet.  He has also created solos for national and international competitions including the Youth America Grand Prix, World Ballet Competition, and Beijing Ballet Invitational.