OLLU hosts long-running folk dance festival (March 14-16)
Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) will host the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival March 14-16. The long-running festival begins with a concert on Friday evening, headlined by the Miroslav “Bata” Marcetic Serbian Dance Troupe from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and continues on Saturday and Sunday with dance workshops, performances and reviews.
The 70-member Serbian troupe consists of dancers and musicians who will perform at OLLU’s Thiry Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14. Concert admission is $10. Following the performance will be an after party at OLLU’s International Folk Culture Center (IFCC) with live music by Nick Bratkovich.
On Saturday, March 15, folk-dancing workshops will be held in the IFCC with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Cameo dance instructors include Vonnie Brown (Czech), Paul Collins (international/contras), Mihai David (Romanian), Phyllis Diamond (international), Bob Leibman (Balkan) and Sandy Starkman (international). A multi-performer concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday with dance groups from Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Baton Rouge, La. A post-concert featuring Nick Bratkovich will take place at the IFCC. For a full schedule of events and to register, please visit http://www.safdf.org.
A dance review workshop, the “Henry Lash Bash” and more dancing will be held on Sunday, March 16 at the IFCC beginning at 10 a.m.
A pre-festival event, “A Children’s Fun Day,” will be held on Wednesday, March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the IFCC. Sandra Olansky and Andy Taylor-Blenis will present arts and crafts, music, storytelling and dancing for grade-school children. This event is free, but registration is required. Visit http://www.safdf.org to register.
The San Antonio Folk Dance Festival began under the leadership of longtime dance instructor Nelda Guerrero Drury, who helped start several folk dance groups in San Antonio. The festival attracts prominent dance teachers from around the world.
Photos: At right, a dance troupe performs during last year's San Antonio Folk Dance Festival concert in Thiry Auditorium. At left, Nelda Guerrero Drury is recognized for her efforts with the long-running festival.