Tom Deering



Tom Deering


Thomas P. "Tom" Deering has been teaching and performing Balkan dance in the Northwest since the early 1970s. After a short tenure with Seattle's Koleda Ensemble, he helped found the Radost Folk Ensemble in 1976, with which he has been involved ever since. He also dance mastered and soloed in a Macedonian Suite choreographed for Radost by Atanas Kolarovski in 1979, and performed with the Ensemble from 1979 to 1987.

Tom taught a regular advanced Balkan dance class for many years and still teaches Macedonian and Bulgarian dance at local festivals. Tom also plays Macedonian, Serbian, and Bulgarian music on tupan and tarabuka or doumbek with Orkestar RTW (the RTW stands for Radio-Televizije Washington). He has been to the Balkans three times: in 1976, in 1981 on a performing tour with Radost, and in 1991 with Mary Sherhart.

Check out Tom's website venture, Folklore Discography, with albums by region, or label, or tracks, or artist, including recent updates. Countries or areas listed are for Albania, Armenia, Assyria, Azerbaijan, Balkan, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Folk, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, and Yugoslavia.

Dances Tom has taught include Amolita Gaida, Baba Djurdja, Berovka, Brîul pe Šase, Čučuk, Čičovo Horo, Deli Bečar, Dimna Juda Mamo - Kopačka, Dračevko, Graovsko Horo, Kucano, Leventikos, Ovčepolska Potrčulka, Ovčepolsko Oro, Pajduško Horo, Pletenica, Postupano Oro, Potrčano, Pravo Dračevko, Pravoto Oro, Ratevka, Sitna Lisa, Spiro, Šumensko Dajčovo, Topansko, Trite Pâti, and Žensko Krsteno.