Thang Dao currently resides between Los Angeles and New York City as a freelance choreographer, teacher, and coach.

He holds a MA degree from New York University’s Gallatin School. Dao received his formal dance education from the Juilliard School and The Boston Conservatory, where he received his BFA in 2001.

Dao danced with the Stephen Petronio Company and the Metropolitan Opera until 2006, leaving to choreograph for Ballet Austin, Ballet Austin II, Ailey II, Ballet X, Philadanco, the Boston Conservatory along with many universities and performing arts schools nationally and internationally.

His works have toured throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with acclaimed reviews.

His ballet Stepping Ground, choreographed for Ballet Austin for the 1st Biannual New American Dance Talent, received the Audience Choice Award all four nights.

Dao is the recipient of the 2008 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship, the 2009 Special Project Grant, and the 2012 Vilcek finalist for Creative Promises in choreography.

In 2012, his work Waiting Women was featured at NYCDAF Gala: Destiny Rising at the Joyce Theater in New York.

Dao was on the creative team for the James Brown Project: Get On The Good Foot commissioned and produced by the Apollo Theater under the direction of Otis Salid.

Hailed by the Boston Globe, “a choreographer to watch,” Dao’s works have been presented internationally in major venues across Europe and Asia.

Nationally, his works have also been performed in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Austin, Boston, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Phoenix, Miami and Chicago with acclaimed reviews.

Attitude magazine cites, “…a tour de force,” while New York critic Water Rutledge wrote, “he was able to build ensemble movement passages in a fluid manner; at times it was almost hypnotic.”   


Ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary ballet, musical theater dance, and choreography.

Taught master classes in universities and conservatories nationally and internationally since 2001. Countries include Mexico, Korea, Australia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Russia, and Canada. 


2012 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Dance

2009 Princess Grace Special Project Grant  

2008 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship  

2006 Audience Choice Award/ Ballet Austin New American Talent/Dance

1997 Spotlight Award 

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