Ted's professional training began in Chicago with Mrs. Shirley Hall Bass and Mr. Finnis Henderson II, Master tap dancer and former manager of Sammy Davis Jr. Mr Henderson encouraged Ted to pursue a professional career in the performing arts, which began at the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago.


Mr. Levy made his Broadway Debut in the smash hit Black & Blue. He collaborated with George C. Wolfe and Gregory Hines on the choreography  Jelly's Last Jam, for which he received a TONY NOMINATION, DRAMA DESK NOMINATION, and the 1993 OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD. Ted was awarded an EMMY AWARD for his television debut performance in the PBS special Precious Memories, and appeared in Spike Lee's Malcolm X  for his film debut. His production of Ted Levy And Friends, directed by Gregory Hines, celebrated Ted as one of America's premiere tap dance artists.

Influenced by Mr. Hines, Ted acquired his directorial debut as a Director  for Savion Glover's Dancing Under The Stars at the New York Shakespeare Festiva's Delcatorte Theatre. He also assisted the choreography of Broadway's Tony Award winning hit Bring In 'Da Noise! Bring In 'Da Funk!

Ted appeared in the movie Bojangles with Gregory Hines, returned to Broadway as Papa Jack in  Susan Stroman & Harry Connick Jr.'s Thou Shall Not, and portrayed the role of The Mikado in The Ford Theatre's production of The Hot Mikado, for which he won a HELEN HAYES AWARD

Ted's most recent accomplishments include appearing in Fly, the story of Tuskagee Airmen, Sammy, the Leslie Bricusse musical about the life of Sammy Davis Jr., and a 2011 JOSEPH JEFFERSON NOMINATION for best supporting actor in a musical.