Dance at RIT has expanded its horizon to new partnerships, workshops, master classes and opportunities for current RIT/NTID students, Performing Art Scholars, Dance Alumni, and Faculty to explore the realm of Dance. The DanceMakers continue to progress to offer the RIT/NTID Community new Dance Experiences to spark creative, imaginative possibilities for tomorrow's future leaders.

Meet the Team

Thomas WarfieldThomas Warfield ​was born and raised in Rochester, and has lived in 6 countries. He has performed from stage to television to film, in more than 100 cities worldwide; as a singer, dancer, actor, model, composer, choreographer, director, producer, educator, activist and poet. His performances have been a vast variety including the Metropolitan Opera, 17yrs of performances at ’The Yard’ on Martha’s Vineyard, a circus in Japan, giving performances and workshops in three U.S. prisons, a Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth in London, solo concerts throughout the USA and in 28 cities around the world, and an east-coast tour of his original project for RIT/NTID AstroDance - combining dance and astrophysics funded by the National Science Foundation. Thomas has worked with AIDS patients in Thailand, blind students in Taiwan, the homeless in Utah and NYC, inner-city youth in North Carolina and Texas, arts in education programs in Hawaii, Idaho, Wyoming, California and Florida and in 36 other states. He has worked with directors Spike Lee and Franco Zefferelli, composers John Adams and Marvin Hamlisch, scientist Carl Sagan, singers Placido Domingo, Beverly Sills and worked with and danced in works by choreographers Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Robert Joffrey, Bill T. Jones, Jane Dudley, Tandy Beal, Anna Sokolow, Irina Nijinska and numerous others. Thomas Warfield has been director of dance in the Department of Cultural and Creative Studies at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology for 22yrs, where he has choreographed over 30 dances including 4 full-evening story ballets. At RIT he served as chair of the President’s Commission on Pluralism and Inclusion and Performing Arts Task Force. He holds a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase (recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence) and an MFA in Dance/Ethnology from University of Utah, where he received a research fellowship and full scholarship. Thomas Warfield has taught extensively in the U.S.A. and abroad on a variety of subjects which include: ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, hip-hop fusion dance and African-based dance, choreography, improvisation, piano, voice, acting, poetry, English, African-American studies, art/religion, and classes on individual and social identity, inner peace, self-esteem, and workshops on nurturing compassion.

As founder and artistic director of PeaceArt International (a 29yr old local/global outreach organization), and former trainer for National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), Thomas reinterpreted and integrated the NCBI, Alternatives to Violence Program, dance & music therapy tools of coalition building, leadership, self-affirmation and diversity principles into the creative process exercises of his local/global community building through arts PeaceArt projects fostering world peace. His Global Poem In Praise of Peace garnered global recognition in letters from composer Leonard Bernstein and Mother Teresa and hundreds of others. Mr. Warfield’s first solo album, Celebrate the Moment, has sold throughout the world and can be found on and As a performing artist, his work has been noted in The New York Times, Hong Kong Daily Standard, China News, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Salt Lake Tribune, News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), Le Monde in France and many others. The British publication, The Morning Star wrote his "...sensitive, superbly trained body filled every word and every movement with bitter meaning." Thomas serves as vice president of the MuCCC Theatre board, former president of ARTWalk (and co-creator of ARTWalk Alive Festival), Association of Teaching Artists (founding member and former president of Rochester chapter), the William Warfield Scholarship Fund at Eastman School of Music (president emeritus), on the board of Rochester Fringe Festival (chair Diversity committee) and on the Advisory boards of Rochester Area Community Foundation, and formally board member of Gateways Music Festival, Greentopia, Education for Peace, China Millennium Council, Young Audiences, and associate director of the New York Dance Festival (for over 20 years). He is recipient of numerous awards including: the 2014 Essie Calhoun Diversity Award from Geva Theatre,  the Individual Artist Award from the Rochester Arts & Cultural Council, Diversity Trailblazer Award from RIT, Unsung Heroes Award from the City of Rochester, The 2010 Elliott-Black Award from The American Ethical Union, 2015 Community Champion Award from the Empire State Pride Agenda, United Nations Young Ambassadors Award, National Dance Association Award, Be More Award from PBS, Honorary Artist Citizen from the city of Macau, China, and the 2001 Off Off-Broadway Award for Choreography among others.

Marc HollandMarc Ellis Holland is Broadway and touring dance veteran whose credits include Cats, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls and La Cage Aux Folles.  He has performed with Deca Dance Company of New York City and Kineolab in Rochester, NY.  Internationally, he has performed in Japan, Austria, Hungary, and Mexico with both Cats and Deca Dance Company tours.  Marc also has experience in the television industry, appearing in commercials and industry events throughout his career.  He also appeared in summer stock at Pittsburgh Playhouse and West Virginia Theater in Morgantown, WV performing in La Cage Aux Folles, Anything Goes, Man of La Mancha, Chorus Line, Music Man, and West Side Story'

Marc holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.  He also was a recipient of a scholarship with the Iowa Ballet Company.  He is Cecchetti certified and has been a faculty member for the last ten years for the Cecchetti International Ballet Camp in Holland, Michigan.  Marc has also been a returning Guest Faculty Members for Ann Parsley School of Dance’s annual ballet camp in Michigan, as well as conducting master classes and workshops for thousands of students and teachers in almost a dozen states.

Marc has numerous choreography credits for community theater including Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, La Cage Aux Folles, Sweet Charity, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Gypsy, White Christmas, TITANIC, Miracle on 34th Street, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Rent, Cats, Children of Eden, Cabaret and School House Rock.

Marc was on the faculty of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he taught dance and choreographed shows, including Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, and High School Musical.  He also teaches ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern, and contemporary dance classes and choreographs competitive numbers for studios in Rochester, NY.  Marc has collaborated with the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, bringing his students to perform with them, and recently appeared on stage at Rochester Fringe Fest in Invoking Justice, by Curtis Stedge.  He was selected to perform in Open Heart, Closed Hands, by Zachary Frazee, at So You Think You Can Choreograph in Saratoga Springs, NY.

A native of Western Pennsylvania, Marc currently resides in Rochester, NY with his husband.

Julia NguyenJulia Nguyen is a Rochester, New York native with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication and Design. She started her dance journey in 2014 with a concentration in hip-hop dance. She served as the main choreographer and dance captain for RIT Velocity where she created over 25 dance routines and implemented a dance curriculum to elevate the team’s skill and foundation in dance. Julia was responsible for coordinating dance camp intensives on campus as well as team trips to Toronto and New York City for professional dance training at the Underground Dance Center and Reveal Dance Camp. She also produced competition routines that won first place for three consecutive years at Geneseo’s Fight for the Knight. Additionally, Julia also served as the team’s graphic designer and created the marketing materials needed for dance workshops and events.

During her free time, she likes to supplement her dance education by attending dance classes. Julia has traveled to Los Angelos, Chicago, New York City, and Toronto to attend professional dance classes at studios such as Snowglobe Perspective, Millennium, Kinjaz Dojo, Playground LA, the Underground Dance Center, and Puzzle Box Dance Studio. She also teaches hip-hop dance as part of the RIT Wellness Program.


Thomas Warfield
Thomas Warfield
Senior Lecturer
Director of Dance
NTID Department for Performing Arts
National Technical Institute for the Deaf