Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Tony began dancing at the age of three. He started pursuing ballet at Faubourg School of Ballet under direction of Watmora Casey, and Tatyana Mazura. He then started dancing with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago in their youth cast of the Nutcracker in 2001. From there, in 2003 the late founder and artistic director Gerald Arpino invited Tony to be a part of his new world premiere piece I/DNA. Through this, Tony had the opportunity to tour California and perform in the Dorthy Chandler Pavilion.
He then continued his training around the Chicago-land area at Salt Creek Ballet, and at Ruth Page Center for the Arts, where he was the recipient of the Orrin Kayan scholarship for two years. Tony then received a scholarship to attend Interlochen Arts Academy, an arts boarding high-school in northern Michigan where he trained under the direction of Cameron Basden. There he performed lead roles in ballets such as: Ashton's Les Patineures, Massine's Gaîté Parisienne, and Bluebird from Sleeping Beauty.
Upon graduating in 2011, Tony moved to Nashville to join Nashville Ballet 2, where he first met Banning. He then became an apprentice with the ballet for one year before leaving to join New Dialect in the summer of 2014.