Instructor • Rotating Faculty Member
- Baltimore School for the Arts
- The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory
Thel Moore III was born and raised in Baltimore MD. Thel grew up around dance but did not start his formal ballet training until the age of 13 at the Baltimore School for the Arts under the direction of Norma Pera. There he learned the basics of ballet and created a great foundation for his dancing. Two years later at the age of 15 he moved to Torrington CT to finish his ballet training at The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory under the direction of Victoria Mazzarelli. There Thel was trained by Eleanor D’Antuono and Kirk Peterson both principals at American Ballet Theater as well as many other great artists. Also with Victoria’s influence from William Forsythe, who she worked with very closely for years at Frankfurt Ballet, he gained a strong sense of neo-classical and contemporary movement.
Upon his graduation, Thel accepted his first company contract with the Charlotte Ballet under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. There he worked with Jean-Pierre as well as his wife, Kennedy Center Honoree, Patricia McBride, who were both principal dancers with New York City Ballet as well as renowned choreographer Dwight Rhoden. After one season in Charlotte Thel joined the Richmond Ballet under the direction of Stoner Winslett. There Thel performed many great works such as In The Night by Jerome Robbins, Theme and Variations and Who Cares by George Balanchine, The Moor’s Pavane by Jose Limon, and many more.
As well as performing all of these great works Thel was also lucky to work with numerous choreographers who all have set original pieces on him and the company. While with Richmond he worked with artists and choreographers such as Christine Redpath, and Paul Boos both soloists with New York City Ballet, Kennedy Center honoree Carmen de Lavallade, Val Canaparoli, Ma Cong, and many many more.
On top of performing many great works, Thel has also had the pleasure of performing at venues like the Inside/Out Stage at Jacobs Pillow and The Joyce Theater in New York City as well as many theaters across the Nation. Thel Now resides in Huntington Beach California where he is teaching and freelancing across the state and country.
Thel is one of the Rotating Faculty members for Ballet Competing Blocks.