Thomas/Ortiz Dance made its debut in 2001 and in just the last five year has performed at Jacobs Pillow Inside/Out 2012, In-Sight Co. Dance Festival (NY) 2012, Wave Rising Series (NY) 2012, CoolNYC Festival (NY) 2013, In-Hale Dance Festival (PA) 2014, Green Space Blooms Festival (NY) 2014, Rider University Emerging Choreographers Competition (NJ) 2014, NYC10 Dance Initiative at Dixon Place (NY) 2014, International Festival of the Arts and Idea, New Haven (CT) 2014, Southern Vermont Dance Festival (VT) 2014, Noel Pointer Foundation Benefit BAM Fisher (NY) 2014, 2015, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (NY) 2014, Moving Beauty Series (NY) 2015, Kaatsbaan Artistic Residence (NY) 2015, Green Space Take Root Festival (NY) 2015, Spring for Dance St. Louis, (MO) 2015, 8 In show Dixon Place (NY) 2016, Spotlight Soiree, Palace Theater, Stamford (CT) 2016, Battery Dance Festival (NY) 2016, Style Point Fashion Showcase, Dixon Place (NY) 2016, Fast Forward at Dixon Place (NY) 2017, Brooklyn Bridge Dance Festival (NY) 2017, Bryant Park Ballet Festival (NY) 2017.
TED THOMAS and FRANCES ORTIZ, meet while earning their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in dance at the State University of New York at Purchase. They then went on to achieve their Masters of Arts degrees in Dance Education at New York University. Mr. Thomas danced in Ballet Hispanico, Elisa Monte, Murray Louis and Nikolais Company and the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Ms. Ortiz has performed with a number of choreographers including; Kevin Wynn, Tim Martin, and Carl Paris. The two founded Thomas/Ortiz Dance in 2003 and while choreographing and continuing to perform, Mr. Thomas was for two years Artist-in-Residence at Barnard College and Ms. Ortiz a guest teacher and choreographer at Yale University. Thomas and Ortiz along with her twin sister Ginna Ortiz are co-owners and directors of the New England Academy of Dance and New England Dance Theater in New Canaan, CT