Author of the internationally successful books “Fundamentals of Alignment and Classical Movement for Figure Skaters”, “Lessons in Classical Ballet for the Figure Skater” and instructional video “Lessons in Ballet for Figure Skaters Level -1”.
Annette T. Thomas has been a dance teacher and choreographer since 1970. Trained at Carnegie Hall by the late Maria Nevelska of the Bolshoi Ballet, she continued her studies with Ana Garcia of the San Juan Ballet Company, Marguerite De Anguera of the Connecticut Regional Ballet Company and Mme. Alexandra Danilova of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo As her mother, Mika Mingo, was an international professional dancer, singer and teacher, Annette traveled the world gaining extensive training in various forms of dance such as Flamenco, Modern, Folkloric and Character Dance, Bharata Natyam, and Mime. Annette, who is also a classically trained professional singer, moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1975 and performed with The Florentine Opera Company, The Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Music Under the Stars and Skylight Comic Opera. She began working with figure skaters in 1998 and continues to conduct both off- and on-ice workshops, group and private lessons for figure skaters in the areas of conditioning and artistry.
Annette has lectured and published several freelance articles on dance, exercise, imagery and creative movement, and has worked extensively with both handicapped and gifted children in the areas of creativity, art and movement.
She received her Pedagogical Certification for the Study of Classical Ballet (Vaganova Pedagogical Training) from Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio, and currently teaches on-line courses in Vaganova Methodology through the Ohio Conservatory of Ballet. Annette is a past member of the Professional Skaters Association, the United States Figure Skating Association, the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and the Wisconsin Dance Council. She is a current member of UNESCO’s International Dance Council (CID) and offers CID International Certification of Dance Studies to all students who qualify.
Annette currently teaches on-line certification courses in conjunction with American Ice Theatre, and conducts workshops world wide in her exclusive “Ballet for Figure Skaters”. Floor-Barre, and Russian Method Classical ballet.