My life has always been dedicated to dance which led me to a professional career with a ballet company for 12 years (2003-2015). I had the most memorable career dancing with Texas Ballet Theater in Fort Worth Texas.
I am in the midst of my second career as an entrepreneur and freelancer for dance-related and creative jobs. My current passions include web design, upgrading computers, graphic design and photography.
As a side hustle, I have created two successful businesses. The first was created in 2013 providing garments for male performing artists in dance. The second is a photo booth company based in Madison Wisconsin.
Currently in 2020
A pandemic will make anyone pivot to an alternative career. This would be the case for me. I am currently working full-time as a PC Support Analyst II with TEKsystems on location at WPS in Madison.
Being in a large corporate environment helping the employees work from home has been a rewarding experience.
Performing Artist & Instructor
Former Texas Ballet Theater Dancer
Texas Ballet Theater Performance Program Bio
Dancer | 2003-2015
Thomas Kilps comes to Texas from Madison, Wisconsin, where he began his training with Studio One, Monona Academy of Dance, and Madison Ballet. He continued his training with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Rock School, and Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy before joining Texas Ballet Theater in 2003. Mr. Kilps has enjoyed countless roles in Ben Stevenson’s ballets, some of which include “Ptolemy” in Cleopatra, “Renfield” in Dracula, “White Rabbit” in Alice in Wonderland, “Mercutio” in Romeo and Juliet, “Amour” in Don Quixote, and “Jester” in Cinderella. When not dancing, Thomas runs his premiere dancewear company Dance Jox. This is Thomas’ twelfth season with Texas Ballet Theater.
Reference: Performance Program / Texas Ballet Theater website bio (2014-15 Season)
Ballet Instructor - Madison Ballet
I am currently teaching at Madison Ballet providing tools to the students so they can become better ballet dancers.
I created Dance Jox in 2013. This has been an ongoing project to make men’s dancewear. I have one product that is currently being produced. It is the dance belt. So far, it is considered to be one of the most comfortable dance belts on the market.
Oh Snap Madison
Photo Booth Company
The fastest-growing photo booth experience in Madison, WI. A professional-grade photo booth for weddings, corporate parties, brewery events, quinceaneras, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, sporting events and more!
Preferred Design Tools
Part of most of my preparation for web design.
I've been using the WordPress platform since 2010
My preferred visual builder