Ballet Des Moines announces Tom Mattingly as Artistic Director

Principal dancer, choreographer, and Ballet Master moves into leadership role in Iowa’s professional ballet company
Des Moines, Iowa (October 26, 2021) - Ballet Des Moines has announced the appointment of Tom Mattingly as Artistic Director, overseeing the artistic vision of Iowa’s professional resident ballet company. Most recently serving in the role of Ballet Master for Madison Ballet, Mattingly’s background encompasses an extensive  performing career as well as that of an in-demand choreographer, most recently creating a world premiere for Richmond Ballet.
Tom’s experience spans both internationally renowned and smaller regional ballet companies, positioning him perfectly to help guide Ballet Des Moines as we expand our company, our repertoire, and our impact.”  
— Blaire Massa, CEO, Ballet Des Moines

About Tom Mattingly
Born in Sidney, MT, Tom Mattingly began his dance training in California's Mojave Desert. Following  full scholarships to the summer intensives of San Francisco Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, and the Rock School for Dance Education, Mattingly completed his studies at Virginia School of the Arts and is the 2005 recipient of the Dame Margot Fonteyn Award for Artistic Excellence. 
Mattingly’s professional career included Richmond Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, and Cincinnati Ballet before joining Ballet West in 2008. There he tackled many leading roles under the watchful eye of industry experts such as Cynthia Gregory, Anna Marie Holmes, and Sir Anthony Dowell. Proving to be a versatile and dynamic performer, Mattingly quickly rose through the company ranks and by 2013 was promoted to principal dancer. 
“My passion to see dancers realize their potential was fostered by the visionaries who helped me grow from apprentice to principal dancer,” said Mattingly. “Sir Anthony Dowell illuminated the seemingly minute details that create magic for an audience. Choreographer Val Caniparoli taught me that collaboration, rather than control, is the key to creative success. Richmond Ballet Artistic Director Stoner Winslett demonstrated how to confidently lead an organization based on the principles of innovation and adaptation. As mentors, these three empowered me to reach my full artistic potential, and I believe I will carry on their tradition of excellence as a leader at Ballet Des Moines.”
In 2014, Mattingly relocated to Chicago to join the newly formed contemporary ensemble Visceral Dance Chicago. After two years, he was hand picked to join the first national tour of “An American in Paris”, the four time Tony Award winning musical directed & choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. In 2019, Mattingly joined Madison Ballet as Ballet Master.
Now retired from the stage, Mr. Mattingly is a passionate teacher, choreographer, and coach. To date he has created world premieres for National Choreographers Initiative, Ballet West, Ballet West II, Ballet West Academy, Dance in the Parks, Richmond Ballet, Madison Ballet, Utah Arts Festival, Ballet Arkansas, Charlottesville Ballet, Elite Choreographic Initiative, Arova Contemporary Ballet.
“Tom’s reputation in the industry is glowing — as a dancer and an artistic leader, and he brings a wealth of connections from around the world to share with us here in Des Moines,” said Massa.
Although already involved in strategic planning and company choreography, Mattingly will officially begin his role as Artistic Director for Ballet Des Moines on November 8, and will lead the company through its expanded and updated Nutcracker season in December. 
Kiss. Together, With, and For Des Moines in collaboration with Para.Mar Dance Theatre and Stephanie Martinez
      When: Friday, October 29, 7 p.m.
Media can attend dress rehearsals at the Des Moines Civic Center beginning Wednesday, Oct. 27
      Where: Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309
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Ballet Des Moines presents The Nutcracker
      When: December 10-12, December 17-18
      Where: Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314
      When: December 17-18
      Where: Staplin Performing Arts Center, 3650 Woodland Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266
Of Gravity and Light
      When: Friday, April 22, 2022
      Where: Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Ballet Des Moines was launched as a professional ballet company in 2012, bringing world-class performing artists to the Des Moines community for classical and contemporary main stage productions. Ballet Des Moines offers training opportunities for pre-professional dancers and engages thousands of local youth each year through rich educational and outreach programs. The mission of Ballet Des Moines is to enrich lives through inspiring dance performances, inclusive education and outreach programs, and innovative community partnerships.