Born and raised in New Zealand, Thomas is of Indigenous Samoan/Tongan descent. He started dancing at the age of seven and at 16 was offered a two year apprenticeship with Black Grace Dance Company. This lead to a full-time position, completing his formal training and then performing as a leading part of the ensemble touring numerous works through Europe, Asia, North America and Canada.
In 2010, he was invited to The Banff Centre to take part as a dancer in the Indigenous Dance Residency. He was then invited back and given the opportunity to be a part of a pilot program designed for dancers with high leadership, dance and choreographic ability called the ‘Merit Dancer program’. Following the success of the program Thomas is now a faculty member where he assists in mentoring, choreographing and dancing with professional dancers of indigenous heritage from all over the world.
Thomas has choreographed work for The Indigenous Dance Residencies productions ‘Backbone’ and ‘TRACE’, The Banff Centre’s Midsummer Gala and Red Sky Performance’s ‘inSIGNia’.
Thomas has worked for Red Sky Performance in Canada on productions ‘Migration’ (2011) and ‘inSIGNia'(2013) and has been touring internationally since the age of 16.
Thomas joined Australian Dance Theatre as a Guest Artist for the Indonesian tour of Be Your Self in 2014, soon after joining the professional ensemble where he made his Adelaide debut in the return season of Proximity.
In 2015 he performed in the Australian National Tour of Be Your Self. In 2015, Thomas founded the ‘Ia Manuia’ initiative, focussing on the slogan – ‘Pay. It. Forward.’ He has a strong vision to give back to his Pacific community, pushing to create opportunities for young members. In October his piece MALAGA, was performed at the Q Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand as part of the TEMPO Dance Festival. Conceived, choreographed and directed by Thomas the work features himself and the dancers of ADT.
In 2016 Thomas performed in the world premiere season of Habitus at the Adelaide Festival of Arts as well as the world premiere season of The Beginning of Nature as part of WOMADelaide. Later that year he performed in the Australian premiere season of Objekt and was a featured choreographer and dancer in ADT’s return season of Ignition, where he presented an excerpt from his piece MALAGA titled The Village. Following the season he was nominated for the Critics Circle award for Best Emerging Artist in Choreography.
In 2017 Thomas performed in Garry Stewart’s Doppelganger, a piece featured as part of the exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia – Versus Rodin: bodies across space and time, followed by the Melbourne Premiere season of Garry Stewart’s Be Your Self and the Australian national tour of Be Your Self Redux throughout VIC, NSW and QLD.
In 2018, Thomas performed in the Australian national tour of The Beginning of Nature, across SA, NT, WA, NSW and TAS and international tour throughout Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium.