Dancer Q and A: Thomas Bradley

Thomas originally comes from Cootamundra, regional NSW, and joined Sydney Dance Company in 2012.

See Thomas performing in Les Illuminations at the Studio, Sydney Opera House from 28-31 August featuring Sydney Dance Company, Katie Noonan and Sydney Symphony. With choreography by Rafael Bonachela and costumes by Toni Maticevski, Les Illuminations celebrates the music of Benjamin Britten.

Read more about Thomas here and for further information on Les Illuminations click here.

How did you first get into dancing?
In Year 5 I choreographed a jazz routine to a JLo track for five friends. We entered our school’s talent quest and came 2nd. Needless to say, I wasn’t happy, so I started classes.

What has been your most memorable moment during your time with Sydney Dance Company so far?

Performing at the Sydney Opera House last year for the Contemporary Women season was a real coup! I’m uber-excited to be returning this year. Another memorable moment includes working with the Australian Chamber Orchestra for Project Rameau, which was wonderful, and now the Sydney Symphony live AND Katie Noonan. Hello, a dancer’s dream!

What are you looking forward to during the creative process of Les Illuminations?
As we are only a cast of four, I’m looking forward to working a little more intimately with my colleagues, for a sustained period.

If you weren’t a dancer, what would you be doing for a career?
I would be studying philosophy or psychology, and be one of those people that dance really well at parties and get frustrated the next day when people say you should have been a dancer. Or a monk.

What’s one thing most people wouldn’t know about you?
I don’t enjoy long walks on the beach. I loathe sand, and it flares up my FHL (Flexor hallucis longus muscle). I also play the recorder very well, but that’s two things so forget it.