BRENA THOMAS (Chicago,IL) began dancing at the Sammy Dyer Dance Theatre in 2005 and started her formal training at Chicago High School for the Arts under the direction of Lisa Johnson Willingham. After graduating from “Chi-Arts,” she received a scholarship to attend Alonzo King Lines Ballet and Ballet Austin. Ms. Thomas also trained as a scholarship student at Dance Theatre of Harlem and at The Ailey School where she was a recipient of The Joan Weill Ailey Spirit Award (2018-2019). She has performed works by Gregory Dawson, Aubrey Lynch, Ray Mercer, Brice Mousset, Leyland Simmons, and Bradley Shelver, and appeared in the FX hit series Pose. This is Ms. Thomas’ first season with Ailey II.