Tom Hobden

Overture Facilitator

Originally from Sudbury in Suffolk Tom trained at De Montfort University and continued his dance education at London Contemporary Dance School with a MA in choreography and a PGCE at Suffolk University. He is a choreographer, educationalist, mentor and national leader in community dance practice. Tom is most known for his unending energy, enthusiasm and ability to work and connect with anyone.  

Tom is the artistic director of UNIT where he drives his mission to see every day dancing with everybody in the hope they make discoveries about themselves which lead to happier lives.  

In his portfolio career he has had the pleasure in leading and supporting work for organisations including: Dance East, Royal Ballet School, Ballet Boyz, Studio Wayne McGregor, Gecko Theatre, ISTD, Trinity Laban, Suffolk Art link, Dance United, Suffolk University. Tom has also collaborated with artists including: Alexander Whitley, Matthias Spurling, Tom Dale, New Art Club, Darren Ellis amongst others. Tom was associate artist at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and DanceEast from 2015 – 2017, a Clore graduate in June 2017, a Questlab artist for Studio Wayne McGregor 2018/19 and is currently a Guildhall Creative entrepreneur 2019/2020.  

Most significantly in his career Tom has led five large scale (250+ participants) intergenerational performances, is the Artistic director of his own dance company UNITand is a lead artist for The Royal Opera House.