Jennifer “JT” Thomas was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She began dancing at seven years old in ballet, jazz and tap. She received her BFA in dance from the University of Arizona and later fell in love with partnership dancing. JT started her career with the Fred Astaire dance studio in Phoenix and began to compete in American rhythm. She then moved to San Diego, CA and competed in international Latin for 3 years. While working at Champion Ballroom in San Diego, she met Toni Redpath and began studying American Smooth. JT felt she found “her” style and moved to New York City to dance in the Smooth and theatrical styles. In addition to her accomplishments with Tomas, JT is also a Rising Star Smooth champion and has competed in Blackpool in the Invitational Theatrical Exhibition.e with partnership dancing. JT started her career with the Fred Astaire dance studio in Phoenix and began to compete in American rhythm. She then moved to San Diego, CA and competed in international Latin for 3 years. While working at Champion Ballroom in San Diego, she met Toni Redpath and began studying American Smooth. JT felt she found “her” style and moved to New York City to dance in the Smooth and theatrical styles. In addition to her accomplishments with Tomas, JT is also a Rising Star Smooth champion and has competed in Blackpool in the Invitational Theatrical Exhibition.
Tomas (Toe-mas) Mielnicki (Meal-nit-ski) took his first ballet class at the age of seven years old. At ten, he entered the ballroom world and by fifteen, became the Polish Youth Ten Dance Champion. Since then, he had been in many world youth and amateur ten dance finals. He studied at “Perfect Dance” studio under Alicja and Krzysztof Majewscy and began teaching at fifteen to help support his dance career. His other instructors included Julie Fryer, Ruud Vermey, Holger Nitsche and Giordano Vanone. While continuing to dance, Tomas also studied law at the University of Wroclaw. After earning his degree in law, he worked with Augustin Equrolla at “Equrolla” Dance Studio in Warsaw. He was an instructor and lead performer with their company which performed on Polish television shows and events with Garou, Zukero , Ace of Base and the Gypsy Kings. In 2003, he took a vacation in the US to visit friends and family. Tomas found himself deciding to stay in New York City to build a life and his dance career.
Tomas and JT met in 2005 at Dance New York and after a month long “practice/tryout”, decided to compete together at the start of 2006. It took them a little while to merge their practice styles. Tomas thought that every minute should be serious hard work. JT wanted to work in a different way with laughter and fun. Tomas, at the beginning, thought this meant she wasn’t serious about dancing. But once the two started understanding each other better and combined their styles, they were able to get even more accomplished in the same amount of time. Because of a commitment to each other to enjoy the process, their success grew steadily. They had a great team of coaches to work with led by Edward Simon and a fresh look in costuming created by LeNique that set them apart from the rest of the pack. By the end of 2006, they had already broken in to the final of Ohio Star Ball. The next year was even more exciting as there were lots of changes with the other couples in the final. Breakups, new partnerships and retirements left the final wide open for the taking. The pressure was on and competition became fierce. Tomas and JT kept their cool and were one of the couples leading this group. The night of the US Championships, the energy was vibrating in the ballroom. Every couple was there to win. Tomas and JT were honored that September to become the 2007 US American Ballroom Champions. Since then, they have been undefeated in the American Smooth division. In November of 2007, one year after they became finalists at the Ohio Star Ball, they also became World American Ballroom Champions. They are thankful for the support of all their fans and continue to compete and perform around the country.
Coaches and Choreographers
Paul Holmes, Wendy Johnson, Charlotte Jorgensen, Lena Kosovich, Goran Nordin, Toni Redpath, Edward Simon, Taliat and Marina Tarsinov, Ruud Vermeij
Tomas- Featured dancer Sleepy’s National TV Commercial (2008)
Featured performers in Wendy Johnson Productions (2006-2008)
Featured performers on Dancing with the Stars (ABC October 2, 2007)
Featured dancers in Enchanted (Disney November 2007 release)
Featured dancers America’s Ballroom Challenge (PBS 2006 and 2007)