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Kolo Workshops

There will be Workshops on Thursday, Friday, and
Saturday to teach some basic Kolo dances.

Thursday--1st Floor Regency Ballroom
7:00am-8:00pm -- Sviraj

Friday--2nd Floor Phoenix Room
1:30pm-2:15pm -- Sinovi of Seattle
2:15pm-3:00pm -- Braca

Saturday--2nd Floor Phoenix Room
11:00am-11:45am -- Zabava
11:45am-12:30pm -- Sinovi of Seattle

Here is some information about the Workshop instructors:

Joanne Abdo

Joanne (Morovich) Abdo began her Croatian cultural journey with the Seattle Junior Tamburitzans in 1980, as a dancer and prim musician for seven seasons.  From 1987 to 1998, she danced with the Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble based out of Anacortes, WA.  She had the opportunity to participate in two performing tours with the Vela Luka Dance Ensemble and is also featured on their 1994 cd recording. 

From 2000 to present, Joanne has been a dance teacher, choreographer, and costume manager for the Seattle Junior Tamburitzans.  Along with her fellow instructors, she has lead the SJT's to CFU Junior Festivals in Zagreb, Chicago, Anaheim, and Orlando.

Joanne is also a member of the SJT alumni band -  Kišobran - which was formed in 2012.  She has been a guest performer for the Radost Folk Ensamble in Seattle, and Jele in Vancouver BC, as well as playing tamburitza for three performances on the Narodil Croatian Cantata under the direction of Mary Sherhart.   She has been a regular attendee of the Tamburitza Association of America's annual music festival since 1982, and she hopes to keep the songs and traditions of Croatia alive through the youth in her community.

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Nikola Krcadinac, a native of Pancevo, Serbia is a dedicated instructor of several children’s group as well as an adult group in Chicago, Illinois.  His extensive background in folklore dancing began in 1972 when he joined Pancevo’s local folklore group, Stanko  Paunović - Železničar. A year later in 1973, Nikola joined the KUD Abrasevic under the direction of well-known Yugoslav Artistic Director, Dobrivoje Putnik where he continued until 1984.  It was under Cika Dobrivoje’s instruction that Nikola learned various kolos which remain Nikola’s passion as shown in his teachings today.

In 1984, Nikola relocated to Novi Sad and danced with the Sonja Markinovic Academic Ensemble under the direction of Milan Ognjanovic and Milorad Lonic.  While dancing with KUD Abrasevic and Sonja Markinovic, Nikola had the opportunity to perform at many dance festivals throughout Europe, Africa and Asia Minor.

In 1991 Nikola relocated to the United States and became instructor/choreographer at Old Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church on the north side of Chicago where he currently remains as their director of folklore for over fourteen years.  He has also had the occasion to teach the children’s groups at the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago and at St. Basil of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Church in Lake Forest, Illinois.

In 1993 Nikola formed a church adult group consisting of the parents of his students who wanted to continue folklore dancing.  In the year 2000, from this adult church group, the adult group Sloboda was formed.  Sloboda continues to flourish and perform at various occasions such as the 100 year Anniversary of the Rotary Club held in Chicago.

Nikola’s teaching experience also includes the annual Kolo Fest in San Francisco, Mendocino Folklore Camp, as well as the TAA Extravaganzas held in Detroit, Chicago,  St Louis and Columbus.