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JONATHAN THAI

Contemporary & Commercial

Born and raised in Hamilton, Jonathan’s dance and creative journey started from a chance encounter that fuelled his passion for movement, creativity and curiosity. A discovery of natural talent and rhythm from dance, Jonathan immersed himself and excelled nationally under some of New Zealand’s respected teachers. Competition accolades include 2nd = placing at NZ Young Performer of the Year award 2003, winner of the Ora Burnett Jazz Award 2005 and ACDA Senior Jazz Champion three years in a row. After moving to Sydney to train full time at ED5International, it was upon graduating that he travelled the world performing on Princess Cruise Lines. After that contract Jonathan trained for 3 months at the EDGE Performing Arts Centre in Los Angeles, USA. It was during this trip that reputable McDonald Selznick Agency asked him to move from Sydney to New York. After several years performing professionally, his career transitioned where his worlds of dance and theatre and love of fashion collided into fashion production. As a fashion producer, Jonathan has worked with the industry’s elite, including Prada, Vogue (US, Italy, France, Germany), New York Fashion Week, Adidas, MTV VMA Awards to name a few. His varied, and wonderfully invaluable experience has shaped his style of movement and dance education that is sought after locally and nationally. He is privileged to teach at Red Studio.