Welsh born, Royal Ballet School trained Judy Maelor Thomas danced with the London Festival Ballet (now known as English National Ballet) and the Royal Ballet of Flanders.
In 1998, after nearly nine years as Repetiteur and Choreologist for the Dutch National Ballet she moved to Australia as Associate Artistic Director to Ted Brandsen at West Australian Ballet where she remained for more than eight years including a year as Acting Artistic Director in 2002.
In 2005 Judy pursued a freelance career including research and sponsorship work for West Australian Ballet, teaching in Australia and New Zealand as well as taking the position of Classical Lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and maintaining her career in staging ballets.
Staging credits include Sir Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations for American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet and Pas de Quatre from his Swan Lake for the New Zealand School of Dance. Ted Brandsen’s Bridge Variations for Ballet West, Salt Lake City and his Four Sections for Dutch National Ballet and Finnish National Ballet. A portion of Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote for Pacific Northwest Ballet and Krzysztof Pastor’s Moving Rooms for the Polish National Ballet.
In September 2006 Judy rejoined Dutch National Ballet’s Artistic Team as Ballet Master/Rehearsal Director.