Patron of Rise Studios

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Tommy Franzen

Some of you may remember Tommy as the Runner-Up of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ back in 2010. Since then Tommy has gone from strength to strength in the world of Commercial Dance and Hip-Hop. He is a leading dancer and choreographer in this field. Not only did he choreograph the amazing Hip Hop routine performed by Charles and Karen on Strictly Come Dancing 2018, he also choreographed the winners, Stacey and Kevin’s, final routine! He is now a regular choreographer on the show, you can spot his street dance routines a mile off!


We are so excited that Tommy has agreed to act as a Patron of Rise Studios. Having worked with Tommy back in my dancing days, I know first hand, just what a hard worker and dedicated dancer he is, and couldn’t be prouder that he supports what we do here at RISE!


Tommy was born and raised in Malmö in Sweden, and started his dance training there. Before continuing his training at the Urdang Academy in London he performed in various musicals in Sweden.


In 2013 Tommy won a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award in the “Outstanding Male Performance, modern category” for his role as Simeon in Some Like It Hip Hop with ZooNation, and his efforts in The Rodin Project with Russell Maliphant Company.

In the same year Tommy was also nominated for The Times Southbank Sky Arts Breakthrough Award and in 2012 the Laurence Olivier Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Dance”.

The following year he co-hosted the National Dance awards alongside Royal Ballet Principal Bennet Gartside. Tommy’s other theatre credits include Mad Hatter’s Tea Partyas Ernest (ZooNation, Royal Opera House and Roundhouse), The Five And The Prophecy of Prana (Boy Blue entertainment) as Wang Tang. ZooNation: UnpluggedGoldberg(Kim Brandstrup, Royal Opera House), Flashmob(Sadler’s Wells), Blaze, Sadler’s Wells, Breakin’ Convention (Sadler’s Wells), Bounce and Insane In The Brain(Bounce Streetdance Company).


Tommy appeared in the feature films Harry Potter 4, Mamma Mia!, Mamma Mia 2 – Here We Go Again, Aladdin and Cats.

 Tommy’s choreography credits include: Strictly Come Dancing-Some Like It Hip Hop performed by Charles and Karen, earning them their highest score of the series! Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Blaze, Cher Lloyd’s music video Swagger Jagger and ident The Singer Takes It All with Allan Carr.  

Tommy also performed at the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics 2008 with ZooNation assisting Kate Prince with the choreography.

In 2015 Tommy set up his own Production Company and performed a solo called Smile for Sadler’s Wells.


You can find out so much more about Tommy and see what he is up to by clicking the links below…