Denna Thomsen

Denna Thomsen is a maverick performer, choreographer and artist who has made a significant impact with how dance is used in the entertainment industry. From AXIOM Dance Theatre to SIA’s Australia Tour, Denna’s choreography has paved the way in creating a unique vocabulary of movement that is known for evoking emotion and questioning the status quo.  Denna recently choreographed the widely popular Apple holiday commercial “Sway”. Her choreography also includes commercials for KFC, Sonos Speakers, Jockey, and Google.

As the assistant to internationally recognized choreographer Ryan Heffington, Denna has been involved with creating some of the most impactful dance moments of the past decade. With Mr. Heffington, Denna has worked with artists and directors including Spike Jonze, SIA, Florence and the Machine, Alma Ha’rel, Vincent Haycock, Daniel Askill, Floria Sigismondi, and Martin de Thurah, among others. Working with Mr. Heffington has furthered her career and led her to choreograph independently for music artists such as Tove Lo, Tesla Boy, Mishcatt, and more. 

Denna is the co-founder of AXIOM Dance Theatre, which utilizes various aspects of theater and stagecraft to push the boundary with the dancers she’s creating on and the audience watching. Her choreography is known for its strong sense of narrative, leading with emotion, and breaking the norm. Originally from Nebraska, she received a BA from Colorado State University and moved to Los Angeles in 2007.