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Expressing Culture Through Music and Dance

Srbadija Folklore Group is a thriving, living expression of cultural history and experience. For more than 100 years, St. Sava Church has seen generations of youth grow and pass traditions on to the next. Srbadija Folklore continues this legacy, helping to transfer musical and dance traditions to the next generation in a fun, interactive, and engaging manner that builds lifelong connections.

Celebrate Culture and Heritage With Friends Of All Ages

The Srbadija Folklore Groups at St. Sava Church provide opportunities for children age 3 through high school graduation to celebrate Serbian Culture through dance and music. Unique opportunities also exist for college students and young adults as well.

Check the online St. Sava Calendar to find out when the next practice will take place and if you are interested in joining, visit a practice to meet the group leaders and see what it’s all about. We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor!

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Getting To Know Srbadija Folklore Group

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For more information about Folklore, please contact Karen Knezic at or 219-406-7910.
  • Karen Knezic
  • Lela Jensen
  • Ljubica Popovic

Q: What are the age groups involved with folklore?
A: The age range starts at age 3 and goes through high school graduation, although college kids and young adults always welcome.

Q: Do children need any previous experiences?
A: No previous experience is required. We’ll teach you everything you need to know while having fun doing it!

Q: Can older children join who haven’t grown up dancing since they were little?
A: Absolutely! Children of all ages learn quickly with the help of fellow students and instructors.

Q: How do costumes work, are they purchased or rented?
A: Costumes will be “loaned” once registration fee is paid. Costumes must be professionally dry cleaned when returning.

Q: How do we register to become part of the folklore group?
A: Click here to download the registration form, fill it out, and bring it to a practice or drop it off at the Church Office.

Q: How often are practices, how long do they typically last?
A: Pee-wee 30 minutes, middle group 45-60 minutes, and senior group up to 1.5 hours.

Q: Where to practices take place?
A: Practices usually take place in the South Wing Social Center of the Church Complex, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN 46410.

Q: Where do the groups typically perform?
A: Typically the groups perform at various St. Sava related events throughout the year, by invitation to dance at other church festivals, and local festivals such as World Cultural Fest taking place in Valparaiso September 2015. Occasionally the groups are fortunate to experience unique long distance trips through special invitation.

Q: Are there opportunities for parents to volunteer?
A: Yes! Parent support is needed at a variety of events throughout the year and lots of fundraising opportunities. We are always welcome to new ideas!

Srbadija Folklore Group Blog Posts

Learn about upcoming information relating to the folklore groups at St. Sava Church.

20May, 2017

Folklore groups “Studenica” and “Hilandar” from Niagara Falls, Ontario to perform at St. Sava Intercultural Dance Festival in Merrillville – Saturday, May 20

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Folklore groups "Studenica" and "Hilandar" from St. George Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church of Niagara Falls, Ontario in Canada will be among many groups performing at the Intercultural Dance Festival 2017 Saturday, May 20 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

19May, 2017

“Intercultural Dance Festival 2017” at St. Sava in Merrillville begins at 6:00 p.m. – Saturday, May 20

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A special showcase of dance from different cultures along with Serbian cuisine and the famous bake sale will all be on display at the third annual "Intercultural Dance Festival" taking place Saturday, May 20 beginning at

18May, 2017

“Opanak” from Edmonton, Alberta to perform at St. Sava Intercultural Dance Festival in Merrillville – Saturday, May 20

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Opanak, a Serbian folklore group from Edmonton, Alberta in Western Canada will be among many groups performing at the Intercultural Dance Festival 2017 Saturday, May 20 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi

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