Left to right standing: Lazar Ruzicic (guest instructor), Vaso Vasich, Nikolina Lazic, Sava Ninkovic (instructor), Kristina Zivkovic, Stefan Zivkovic, Aleksandra Smiljic, Kristina Miljkovic, Stefan Trifunovic, Alexi Porobic, Sam Pantovic, Dane Undheim, Nikola Zivkovic, Cristina Dukovich. Left to right sitting: Nikolija Jojic, Natasha Undheim, Joanna Aud, Alyssa Vukcevich. Not pictured: Uri Papukchiev, Marko Plavsic, Denitsa Srandev, Alex Savovic.
Senior Ensemble Director: Dobrila Undheim, Dobrila@cox.net, 760-212-5891
Senior Ensemble Instructor: Sava Ninkovic
Juniors Director: Cristina Dukovich, Cristina.Dukovich@gmail.com, 858-204-1639
Junior Instructor: Joanna Aud
PeeWees Instructor: Joanna Aud; PeeWees Director: Tia Ducich
MORAVA FOLKLORE ENSEMBLE: Mission Statement
Morava Folklore Ensemble’s mission as ambassadors of Serbian and Balkan Folklore is to perpetuate and preserve Serbian song and dance traditions in North America.
About Morava Folklore Ensemble
Morava Folklore Ensemble was established in 1987 as a dance collective of Serbian and Balkan folklore. As ambassadors of our culture and heritage, one of our main goals is to increase public awareness of our art by presenting high quality dance and vocal performances.
Morava has performed worldwide to audiences in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Switzerland and a variety of countries in the Balkans. Between 1991 and 1999 Morava Folklore’s choreographer was Dennis Boxell, a master teacher and researcher of Balkan dance and song. Under the director of Bozana Draskovic, founder and original director, Morava blossomed as a Serbian dance group. In 2005 Morava traveled to Serbia under the direction of Svetlana Cvetkovic. In 2008 the group celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Under the direction and instruction of Marija Milasinovic, Morava continued to travel and brought back old choreographies to new audiences. Current Director, Dobrila Undheim, continues the forward movement of travel and expanded involvement in the local community. Under her direction, Morava’s Female Vocal Ensemble has gained in popularity. Dobrila’s vision is to bring the beauty of Serbian folklore to non-Serb audiences and to expand relationships with other like-minded dance groups. Sava Ninkovic stepped into the role of Instructor in 2011. Guest instructor in 2013 and 2014 has been Lazar Ruzicic, on loan to Morava from Talija Artisitic Company in Belgrade, Serbia. Sinisa Ristic has been teaching Morava since 2014. Before coming to the United States, he danced with the Abrasevic Ensemble in Belgrade, Serbia.
In addition to performing at church functions, festivals, cultural celebrations, and holidays, Morava also performs at Opolo Vineyards every year in Paso Robles, California for their annual Grape Harvest Festival in October. Morava hosts an annual summer “Folkfest” where Serbian national and international dance groups are invited to come and perform in a professional setting. Morava has hosted groups from Serbia (2004), London (2007), Switzerland (2010), Canada (2011), and France (2013). Morava actively works to foster new connections in our local and international community.
First Ensemble (Seniors): Thursdays 7 – 9pm
Second Ensemble (Juniors): Mondays 7 – 9pm
Third Ensemble (PeeWees): Sundays 1 – 1:30pm
For a Member Application, please email: Dobrila Undheim at Dobrila@cox.net.