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Tomas Tamayo

Dance in World Cultures
College of Performing Arts; Department of Dance
Office Location: Partridge Dance Center


Tomas Tamayo is a performer and educator in the music, dance, and theatre arts.  He directs professional and student ensembles of dancers, musicians and actors in collaborative art making and performance. Tamayo choreographs and performs in concert modern dance, Philippine dance, Balinese and Javanese dance drama, film, musical theater, television and video. He studied dance with Johanna Weikel at Southwestern College and was recognized with an Ensemble Acting Award from the American College Theater Festival for his performance in Southwestern College's production of HAIR-The American Tribal Love Rock Musical. He toured nationally as the Lion in the National Theatre for Children’s production of The Wizard of Oz. Tamayo continued his dance education at CalArts in Los Angeles, as an Ahmanson and Irvine Foundation Scholar. He also studied at Harvard University, Santa Reparata Graphic Art Center in Florence, Italy and the London Contemporary Dance School, before receiving his BFA and MFA degrees from the School of Dance at CalArts. Tamayo danced with the CalArts Dance Ensemble, Silayan Dance Company and TRIP Dance Theater. His TRIP performances included Breath and Bone at the Joyce Soho in NYC, Synergy at the Ford Amphitheater and Poisoning the Well at the Unknown Theater in Hollywood. His solo Toxic Agenda premiered at REDCAT. Tamayo has choreographed and performed in Indonesia, the Philippines and London. As a singer, Tamayo has performed with Lea Salonga, the CalArts Salsa Band, Kyai Kumbul–CalArts Javanese Gamelan Ensemble and the Spartan Singers–Mira Costa College Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He is a vocalist on Capitol Records’ CalArts Jazz CD and on the soundtrack from the film Wild Bill. Tamayo has been on the dance faculty atSouthwestern College, CalArts Community Arts Partnership and CSU Summer Arts Program. Tamayo was a Full-time Lecturer and an Assistant Professor in Dance at CSU Dominguez Hills and an Associate Professor in Dance at Eastern New Mexico University. Currently, Tamayo is adjunct faculty at Chapman University and Cypress College. He teaches Mask and Physical Theatre for the La Jolla Playhouse Young Performer’s Conservatory, and is also a certified instructor for the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program in San Diego.