Thomas Wadelton - artist of the Australian Tap Dance Festival 2014

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With a dance teacher for a mother he first appeared on stage at 18months old, chocolate frog firmly in hand. Much of his early tutoring came from his mother Sharon Lawrence and Barbara Lynch while spending his high school years in Arts School (VCASS). 

Thomas grew up in the theatres of Melbourne booking his first professional musical at10 years old as young Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz. You may have also seen him in Singin' In The Rain, Oliver or Gypsy. Thomas sought further training from Robert Sturrock and relocated for periods to engulf himself in the Hip Hop scene in Los Angeles.   

Thomas worked as a commercial dancer in Sydney for many years having worked with Squared Division, Project Moda, J-Town, Popset and Ame Delves. Highlights are featured dancer appearances for Kylie Minogue, Delta Goodrem, Timomatic, Jessica Mauboy, X-Factor, Australia's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance and Channel V.  Thomas appeared Baz Luhrmann's film The Great Gatsby as a featured dancer in the party scenes. That year he landed his first tour with Tap Dogs, in which he still tours with on occasions. Tap dogs took him all over Australia, France, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UAE and brought him to perform in front of his largest audience of 500 million TV viewers for the spring gala in China. He also performed in the Production Company's season of Singin' InThe Rain and Fame The Musical choreographed by Kelley Abbey.  

Most recently Thomas is a Creative and Performer on the show The Tap Pack. The show is written, produced, choreographed and conceptualised by Thomas and 3 others. The Pack has been nominated for two Green Room Awards for Excellence in Choreography and Best Musical, an Australian Dance Award and has been performing to sold out showsat the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Sydney and Melbourne seasons. 

Street Feet is another show created by Thomas and friends that isgathering notoriety. Thomas has also created work for Slide Night  Club, Wendy Brown Productions, SMA, Short n’ Sweet and the Great Australasian Beer Festival. You can find more of his creations on social media @cruiseliketom for Instagram and @ThomasJEgan on YouTube.