TJ Canlon is a New Yorker and has been performing since she learned to walk, making her first steps a highly anticipated event. At the ripe age of three, her daily ritual was watching Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s 1977 production of The Nutcracker. Memorizing all of the choreography and playing all the parts in her living room ignited her passion for multitasking in theatrical disciplines. At eight years old, she began working professionally in feature films including No Reservations (2007) and I am Legend (2007), as well as TV shows The Sopranos and Law and Order.
She developed her fundamentals in concert dance and classical ballet with the New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble. She now holds a BFA in dance from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, with a concentration in choreography. In her time at the conservatory, she worked on over 30 productions, performing, assisting, choreographing, directing, and writing. She premiered 3 original choreographic works in the dance department, and choreographed student produced musical theater. A big highlight was choreographing Dahmer, an original musical of which she was a co-writer. TJ spent much of her time at the conservatory working as a student leader of the Berklee Musical Theater Club and Might Dance Choreographic Collective.
She is an alumnus and intern with The Performing Arts Project (TPAP) under the direction of Jonathan Bernstein, working alongside artists Jessica Lea Patty, Lynzy Lab, Neil Patrick Stewart, Juliane Godfrey, Nick Blaemire, Gavin Creel, and Zach Fine.
TJ has recently moved back to NYC after a long cluster-year. She is very excited for the timeline to reset in 2022.