TJ grew up on the family farm just outside of Lamont. He began his dance career at the age of 5 with the Lamont Veselka Dancers. He fell in love with Ukrainian Dance and will be starting his 25thyear as a dancer. He is currently dancing with the Vohon Ukrainian Dance Ensemble in Edmonton and starting his 11thyear with them in September. TJ started teaching at the age of 14 and his passion for Ukrainian Dance and inspiring other dancers has led him to teaching with various groups in Alberta. Along with teaching at Veeteretz School of Ukrainian Dance, he also teaches with the Chudovyi Ukrainian Dancers in Innisfree, and the Sonyashnyk Ukrainian Dancers in Red Deer. With his time at Vohon he has had the privilege of performing two productions at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium as well as touring overseas to Asia, Central America, Ukraine and England, as well as numerous performances in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba including the Pysanka Festival in Vegreville and Canadaís National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin. TJ has also had the privilege to attend a workshop with the Bukoyna State Ensemble of Song and Dance as well as a workshop with Virsky.
When TJ isnít dancing, he is attending the University of Alberta in Ukrainian Studies and Classics. This fall he will be starting his 4thyear at the university and plans on obtaining a Masters in Ukrainian Folklore. TJ also graduated from the Culinary Arts Program at NAIT in 2010. He is very excited to be joining the Veeteretz School of Ukrainian Dance this fall and sharing his passion for dance with his students.