OUR STORY

Inception

Created in 2013 by Tom Kilps, he is a former dancer of Texas Ballet Theater. Having a professional career in the ballet, he wanted to improve the types of garments his fellow artists need to execute their art in the studio and on stage.

ACHIEVEMENT

An essential garment for a male dancer is the dance belt. We have been working hard to perfect the design and evolve it from the first model. The innovative result has created your favorite dance belt.

DEVELOPING

Male dancers have a very limited selection of dancewear today. We understand the need for quality in men’s dancewear. With an all-new design of the dance belt complete, we have also released tights as our second product.

PROGRESSING

We will continue to strive for success and create apparel for performing artists. We will continuously work with performing artists to ensure satisfaction.

FOUNDER

TOM KILPS

Tom is a native of Madison, Wisconsin where he began his training with Studio One, Monona Academy of Dance, Ballet Madison 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.

During his gratifying time with TBT 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.

Tom finished out his full time dance career with TBT in 2015 due to a few hindering chronic injuries. Reluctant to stop dancing he danced a few guest roles with the Fort Worth Opera, The Dallas Opera and Contemporary Ballet Dallas prior to returning back to Wisconsin in 2016 to be closer to family. Upon his return, Tom has gained experience in his post-ballet career as an Executive Director of a local ballet academy along with a passion for teaching others how to become better ballet dancers.  

Links: tomkilps.com | linkedin.com/in/tomkilpstexasballettheater.org

Photo by Dai Jiyan

DANCER PHOTO CREDIT

Adam Boreland
Orlando Ballet

David Schrenk
Texas Ballet Theater

Carl Coomer
Texas Ballet Theater

Philip Slocki
Texas Ballet Theater

Dustin Geradine
Texas Ballet Theater

Joamanuel Velazquez
Texas Ballet Theater

Alexander Kotelenets
Texas Ballet Theater

Lonnie Weeks
San Francisco Ballet

Header Banner Credit: Dai Jiyan. Dancer: Philip Slocki
All Photo Credits: Dai Jiyan Photography, ©Andy Keye + Whitney Photography©Quinn B. Wharton Photography©Steven Visneau Photography.

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