Thomas Wadelton - artist of the Australian Tap Dance Festival 2014

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THOMAS WADELTON     

Thomas is a storyteller whose medium is music and movement. Born in Australia he travels around the world performing, collaborating, and teaching using tap dance and song.

Since 4 years of age Thomas has been performing on stage. His early years training were influenced greatly by teachers Christopher Horsey (Tap Dogs founding member) and Grant Swift (Swift Rhythm Hoofers and the Melbourne Int’l Tap Festival). Before long he had fallen in love with the art form of tap dance.

Thomas has performed for audiences around the world in China, Canada, Spain, Russia, Greece, North America, Japan, Sweden, Singapore, and Australia. He has taught workshops and had the chance to share his knowledge in many of these places.

Events and venues include Shanghai Int’l Arts Festival, Herräng Dance Camp, Vancouver Int’l Tap Festival, Festival Int'l Danse de Encore, Matthew Shields’ Tapestry on the Fringe (USA), MadTap Madrid, Festival de Claquettes de Montréal, The Falls Music and Arts Festival, The Apollo Bay Music Festival, Australian Int'l Tap Festival, the Bohemian Masquerade Ball, Hamer Hall's Morning Melodies.

From 2010 to 2013 Thomas was a principal dancer with Tapestry Dance Company. Based in Austin, Texas it is the only full time professional dance company in North America specialising in tap dance. He owes much to the teachings of the renowned Artistic director Acia Gray and the brilliant dancers who he shared those 3 years with.   He is now currently based in Barcelona. Walking that rhythm road.

When attending Thomas' residency at the festival:  Staying in the present, truly listening and being open to all musical ideas will be the focus of the week, concentrating on playing the floor and shoes like a true instrument. Look forward to rhythmic brain teasers, technique mixed with 3 shots of espresso, reaching for elusive steps and how to keep those sounds like crystal!