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Tom started dancing while in grad school. He later moved to Europe then back to the United States.
Tom owns Danceophile Studio in Boulder where he teaches ballroom, swing, Latin, ethnic, character, and performance dance. He started dancing at the University of Wisconsin and has taught dance for over 20 years. He has taught and performed extensively in Europe, Canada, Asia, and the United States.
Tom directs Postoley Dance Ensemble, a professional company specializing in the dance, music, and song of Ukraine, Poland, and Russia. The group performs at weddings, festivals, and special events. He runs Boulder's very popular summer "Folkdancing on the Plaza" program beside the Dashanbe Teahouse (in 2011 it was in its 30th year!) and folk dancing in Nederland (some 18 miles west of Boulder). With Ingvar Sodal and Alex Wilson, he ran the every-other-Wednesday "Couple Dance Evening." He has also been an artist-in-residence in many schools and universities in Colorado and across the United States, and does wedding choreographies and special dance programs. He also has ongoing courses of study with many master dance teachers. Tom teaches weekly ballroom and folk dance classes.
In August of 2008, Tom choreographed a dance for the Duquesne University Tamburitzans.
Tom has a B.A. from Rice University, M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin (Madison), and tutors physics and math.
Some ten years ago, he was given an award by the City of Boulder for being a Pace Setter of the Year in the Arts.
In addition to dancing, Tom's interests include mountaineering, running, bicycling, skiing, climbing, hiking, hunting geocaches, and backpacking.
Dances Tom has taught include Ada's Kujawiak No. 1, Dudálás és Ugrós, Elijah-Khorovod, Boldog Hutsul, Chkrainskyi Pirichyeskyi Tanets, Dzek, Dudálá és Ugró, Epidzhka Shel, Hárfa Táncol, Holubka, Hora, Horehronsky Čardáš, Kak u Kluchika, Kirichyeski Yikrainski Yazik, Kiskanásztánc, Kondás Táncol, Körtánc, Kosa, Krakowiaki, Kujawiak Weselny, Malenky Tanets, Maleševsko, Moldoveneasca, Polka Cięta, Previt, Tompany, Vrtielka, and Vyesha Bukovina.
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