Thomas Marek has been a leading artist for contemporary tap dance in Germany and Europe for the last 25 years. In his work he is blending traditional and modern forms of tap dance with contemporary musical and theatrical elements.
Thomas started tap dancing at age 14. Two years later, he met Brenda Bufalino at a workshop. She quickly became his most in fluential teacher at that time. He also had the opportunity to get to know and to study with tap innovators Honi Coles, Cholly Atkins, Chuck Green, Buster Brown, Lon Chaney, Jimmy Slyde and Gregory Hines.
After finishing school in 1992 and an intensive training period in the USA, Thomas Marek became a professional tap dancer. After touring in Florida with Brenda Bufalino's "American Dance Orchestra" in the early 1990s he started focusing on his own artistic performances and tap dance productions. He created, produced and directed over 6 original theater & dance productions. He is a regular guest in theaters and festivals all over Germany, Europe and the USA.
He performed in Spain, Brazil, Israel, France, in the USA and in many theaters all over Germany and he danced on stage with tap dance greats like Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Sarah Petronio, Jimmy Slyde and Gregory Hines.
„Thomas Marek is a wolf of a dancer. Tall, rangy, feet apart, he gives the floor a resonant thrashing. Don't think just complex shuffles and brushes; think kicking a stone down the block“ The Village Voice, New York 2005
Thomas Marek conceived, choreographed, produced and directed over six original dance shows (Funked Up, about tap vol. 1 & vol. 2, Orchestra, Drama, Nola), 4 full evening shows with TAP&BASS, as well as multiple TV Shows, short films and theater productions (ARD Sportler des Jahres, Stamp, Theatersommer im Clussgarten).
In his own productions he staged and choreographed solos and ensemble pieces with tap masters like Brenda Bufalino, Sarah Petronio, Barbara Duffy, Josh Hilberman, Leela Petronio, Travis Knights, Daniel Larsson and many more.
His style of choreography has a conceptual approach and he works closely with his dancers trying to include their specific talents and strength into the piece. Additionally Thomas often includes parts of improvised sections in his choreographies.
Teaching & Coaching
In 2007 Thomas opened his own tap dance studio "Footprints" in Hamburg, Germany. As a teacher and coach he taught internationally at Steps On Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, The Herräng Swing Dance Festival, Harlem Festival Lithuania, Tap Ahead Festival Düsseldorf and many workshops all around the world.
In 2016 he started a one month professional training program for tap dancers in his studio in Hamburg. The program is targeted at semi & professional dancers who want to bring their skills to a new level.