SARITA SMITH CHILDS
Originally from the California desert, Tom is a 2005 graduate of Virginia School of the Arts. He began his performance career with the Richmond Ballet before joining Ballet West in 2008. Tom quickly rose through the company ranks becoming a principal dancer in 2013. In 2014, Tom relocated to Chicago to join Visceral Dance Chicago. After 2 years of immersing himself in the Chicago dance scene, he joined the first national tour of An American in Paris, the four time Tony Award winning musical directed & choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. Now back in Chicago, Tom is focusing on the development of his choreographic career. To date, he has created world premieres for Dance in the Parks, Ballet West, Ballet West II, Richmond Ballet, Utah Arts Festival, Charlottesville Ballet, Elite Choreographic Initiative, Arova Contemporary Ballet, Beijing Ballet Invitational, World Ballet Competition, and Youth America Grand Prix. He is honored to be a part of Dance in the Parks 10th anniversary season.