Vincent E. Thomas, dancer, choreographer and teacher, received his MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a BME in Music from the University of South Carolina. He has danced with Dance Repertory Theatre (FSU), Randy James Dance Works (NY/NJ), Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (MD), EDGEWORKS Dance Theater (DC), and currently an adjunct artist with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. His choreography has been presented at various national and international venues including Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland, and Avignon, France In July 2008 he performed in the World Congress on Dance Research in Athens, Greece, and the International Choreographer’s Showcase in Bari, Italy. He was selected as one of eleven choreographers from around the world to convene for the 2005 Omi International Dance Collective and served as the guest mentor for the 2007 Dance Omi residents. Vincent is a resident of a 2008 Kennedy Center Local Dance Commission Project Award, a 2008 Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts Grant, a 2009, 2007, 2005, & 2003 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Choreography, two 2006 Metro DC Dance Awards for Emerging Choreographer, and Outstanding New Work (for his evening length work “Grandmother Project”), 2005 City Arts & Humanities Individual Artist Grant, 2004 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Solo Dance Performance and the 2004 Henry C. Welcome Fellowship. Vincent is also a recipient of a 2010 Maryland State Individual Artist Award for Solo Performance, a 2009 Baker Artist Award – Baltimore Choice, a 2009 Best of Baltimore – Choreographer Award, and a 2009 MetroDC Dance Award for Outstanding Overall Production for “Witness”. He is a 2010 Artist in Resident at University of Nebraska-Omaha for the Malcolm X Festival, a 2007-2008 Artist Scholar in Residence at Michigan State University (MI), a faculty member for the Urban Bush Women Summer Institutes (NY & New Orleans), and an Associate Professor of Dance at Towson University (MD).