Retter, Thommie

Thommie Retter loves the entertainment business and you will see it shine through in each of his classes. While living a 3 ½ year run on Broadway playing the role of Mr. Braithwaite in Billy Elliot The Musical, Thommie had the thrill of performing for more than 1.5 million enthusiastic theatergoers. After the curtain closed, Thommie was able to return to his first love, teaching dance. He is director of the NYC Tap Crew, a pre-professional online teen tap company. Currently, Thommie is a faculty member of Miller Street Dance Academy in Charlotte, NC, under the direction of Michelle Soutier. Before relocating to the Great State of North Carolina, Thommie had the honor of preparing the one and only Tony Danza for his Broadway show Honeymoon in Vegas and continues his relationship with Tony. Also, in his arsenal of tap dance celebrities are Isabela Mercer (Dora) Dora The Explorer, Transformers: The Last Knight, Mila Kunis from That 70’s Show and Black Swan, Meg Donnelly star of Disney’s Zombies / ABC’s American Housewife, and Larry Saperstein (Big Red from High School Musical The Musical The Series. Thommie’s list of students performing in Broadway productions is vast and includes just about every show that has debuted on Broadway in the last 15 years involving children. With his production company, Retter Entertainment, Thommie has produced Off-Broadway productions of 13 The Musical and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and choreographed an Off-Broadway production of High School Musical. Recently, Thommie developed a new full-length musical with Michelle Soutier, designed specifically for dance schools titled Mecklenburg County Song & Dance Competition!

Thommie is honored to be working with the great Rhee Gold and DLTC and looks forward to becoming a friend and colleague to YOU!