Tom Mattingly - Ballet West Principal Artist

Born: Ridgecrest, California

Joined Ballet West: 2008
Promoted to Soloist: 2010
Promoted to Principal: 2013 

Training: Tom Mattingly began his training at the Virginia School of the Arts under the direction of the late Petrus Bosman.  Upon graduation he was awarded the prestigious Dame Margot Fonteyn Award for artistic excellence. 

Current Repertoire: Grand pas de Deux in Willam Christensen's The Nutcracker; “Athlete” in Bronislava Nijinska’s Les Biches; Adam Sklute’s newly conceived and produced Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty; “Oberon” in Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Dream; “El Capitan” in George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes; the 2010 world premieres of Aidan DeYoung's Outward and Helen Pickett's But Never Doubt I Love; John Butler's Carmina Burana; Jiri Kylian's Sinfonietta; Balanchine's Chaconne; Nicolo Fonte's Bolero; and in the 2011 world premiere of Avichai Scher's White Noise.

Additional Information: Prior to joining Ballet West, Tom danced with Chautauqua Ballet, Richmond Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet. He lists his favorite roles as the Ensemble in John Butler’s Carmina Burana, Soloist in Glen Tetley’s Mythical Hunters, “Caliban” in Michael Smuin’s The Tempest, and the lead in George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son.

In addition to dancing, Tom is also a choreographer.  He has been commissioned to create works not only for Ballet West, but for the Utah Arts Festival and Richmond Ballet in Virginia, as well as solos for various ballet competitions. In 2009, he made his choreographic debut on Ballet West's second-annual Innovations program with Above A Grey Expectation, set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. For Ballet West's 2011 Innovations program, Tom premiered his Fall Into Loving Arms, with the music of Claude Debussy and Frédéric Chopin.