Thang Dao was born in Danang, Vietnam. He currently resides in New York City as a freelance choreographer. Dao holds a M.A. degree from New York University. He received his formal dance education from the Juilliard School and The Boston Conservatory, where he received his B.F.A. in 2001. Dao danced for the Stephen Petronio Company and the Metropolitan Opera until 2006. Dao has choreographed for Ballet Austin, Philadanco, Ailey II, Ballet X, The Boston Conservatory, and the Apollo along with many universities and performing arts schools. In 2006, his ballet Stepping Ground, choreographed for Ballet Austin for the 1st Biannual New American Dance Talent, received the Audience Choice Award all four nights. His ballet Echoes is being toured nationally and internationally with Ailey II. Dao is the recipient of the 2008 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship and the 2009 Special Project Grant. Dao was a 2012 Vilcek finalist for creative promises.

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