The Srbadija Serbian Folk Dance Troupe of St. Sava hosted their first Intercultural Dance Festival Saturday, May 2, 2015. The event took place at their new social center in Merrillville and drew over 400 people.
With groups representing the different regions of Serbia, they were joined by dance troupes that also represented Mexico, Greece, Ireland, and India. Several of the Serbian troupes traveled from Illinois, Wisconsin, and Canada. Children and young people ranging in age from 4-20 something represented the dancers and provided an opportunity for them to get acquainted with the art of dancing and music from other cultures.
The Srbadija Dance Troupe served spit roasted lamb, pig, and cevapcici–traditional Serbian foods and featured a bake sale that also included delicacies from Serbia.
The program was followed by music and dancing.
“We are delighted to have hosted such an event and our dance troupe president Karen Knezic, the parents and children worked hard to make this event happen,” said Reverend Marko Matic from St. Sava. “Bringing together the various cultures to share their heritage and art of dance with our community and our young kids was the intent–everyone loved it,” added Knezic.