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7 June 2005: Tom Bozigian – Dancer, Performer, Choreographer and Teacher Extraordinaire!

Posted by Christina on March 1, 2009

tomdrumcostumeThis was a quarter where I took two Literary Journalism classes and fell short of writing for the New U every week. I was working on final pieces to be handed in for class and this was one on an old family friend who is well known throughout the Armenian community as a dance teacher of traditional, Armenian dance. He shows up to events, plays all the music the moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas love to remember and gets them up to dance along with him. He’s charismatic and fun spirited and it was fun to talk with him.

Tom Bozigian – Dancer, Performer, Choreographer and Teacher Extraordinaire!

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race; this small tribe of unimportant people whose history is ended, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, whose literature is unread, whose music is unheard, whose prayers are no longer uttered. Go ahead, destroy this race. Destroy Armenia. See if you can do it. Send them from their homes into the desert. Let them have neither bread nor water. Burn their houses and their churches. See if they will not live again. See if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. See if you can stop them from mocking the big ideas of the world. You sons of bitches. Go ahead, try to destroy them. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.”
– William Saroyan, The Armenian and the Armenian

Meeting Tom Bozigian for the first time you see a tall, lanky but muscular older man whose physique is obviously that of a dancer. His spine curvature is the pinnacle of the prostrate back you see only in medical textbooks and no matter how hard he tries not to have his feet in some sort of position, they always are-first, second, third, fourth or fifth. His legs are always straight but his knees are never locked, as if ready to leap into the air or bend over in a plié. Although aging has taken a very slow toll on his physical appearance, his graying chest hair, arm hair and barely thinning head hair are the only indications of what his age really might be. His eyebrows are short, thick black hairs curled at the ends that draped over his forehead ridge with dark, black eyes peering out from underneath. Even so, his eyes are anything but the dull, glassy and fogged over eyes of your average near 70 senior citizen. Tom’s eyes are watching everything, looking everywhere, absorbing every bit of everything around him. They’ve been that way since he was born. This is why in Tom Bozigian’s life, there’s never really been a dull moment.

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