Thomas McManus grew up on a farm on the great plains of Illinois USA. He is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and found early work and experience in New York through improvisational performances at Westbeth Studios, dancing with Finis Jhung’s Chamber Ballet USA repertory company, a season with American Ballet Theater II and the Broadway musical Cats.
A desire to live and work in Europe led Thomas to Germany where he danced from 1986-99 with William Forsythe and the Ballett Frankfurt taking part in most of the newly created ballets during that time. Since 1999 he has been a member of the performance group ‘commerce’ which he founded with his partner Nik Haffner. Thomas currently choreographs for many different companies from opera to musicals to company works. He teaches Forsythe repertory to major ballet companies and leads improvisation workshops all over Europe and America.
After a 30 year career, Thomas is now returning to school to work towards his MFA so he can feed his creative self and develop his research skills.