Tom Kanthak served as an Instructor of Dance Composition and Improvisation, Music for Dance, Arts Improvisation, the New Music Ensemble, and Music Director and Dance Musician for the Perpich Center for Arts Education, Arts High School Dance Program from 1988 to 2012. He holds a B.A. in Performing Arts from Metropolitan State University and an M.A. in Music from Ohio State University. Tom has been involved with music for dance for over 40 years as a composer, dance musician, choreographer, dancer and performer. He began his classical music training at the age of six with piano and today plays a variety of instruments. He is also a trained modern dancer having studied with Hanya Holm, Nancy Hauser, Claudia Gitelman, Alwin Nikolais, Murray Louis and more. He is a member of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance and the MN based Dance Educators Coalition. Tom is the originator of SoniCoMotion, the overiding name for many collaborations with many composers, musicians, choroegraphers, dancers, and dance musicians. Some of collaborators include choreographers Chris Aiken, Cathy Young, Patrick Scully, Georgia Stephens, composers/improvisors Michelle Kinney, Manjunan Gnanaratnam, Jonathan Bayley, David Means, Steve Goldstein, Brent Michael Davids, dancers Jane Schockley, Mary Harding, and students from the Arts High School at the Perpich Center for Arts Education.