Bruce Thornton received his dance training in his native Seattle, Washingon, at the Cornish Institute, and then with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
Thornton was a soloist with the Miami City Ballet and danced a range of roles with the company; including: the “Blue” gentleman from Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, and the principal “walking” pas de deux from Emeralds, the Elegie principal from Serenade, the principal male in Concerto Barrocco and Elegie, the role of Death in La Valse, as well as the “turning” principal in La Valse, the Baron in La Sonnambula, the second Pas de Trois from Agon, the first and third themes from The Four Temperaments, all by GeorgeBalanchine.
Thornton has a wide variety of experience with other choreographers, including: Paul Taylor, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Richard Tanner, Margo Sappington, Sir Frederick Ashton, August Bournonville, Richard Weiss, and Edward Villella. He has performed as a guest artist for the Carolina Ballet in their televised performances of Romeo and Juliet and Lynn Taylor Corbett’s Cabaret at Café Marcovici. He performed for former President of the United States William Jefferson Clinton, in a televised performance of The Kennedy Center Honors; in honor of the award to Edward Villella. Thornton brings his expertise in the Balanchine repertoire through his work with the great Edward Villella, as well as his 20 years of professional work to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet as a member of the faculty. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Empire Stage College of the State of University of New York.