Folklore Organization Holy Father Nikola
Folklore at the St. Nicholas Cathedral was established in 1965 yet did not take off until 1975. The first choreographer was Natasa Mirkovic, an alum of the renown Serbian folklore ensemble "Kolo", from Beograd. The name of the first group was Avala. in the following 13 years there were many presidents and choreographers. Then in 1987 Bogdan Tadic took over and created the structure of folklore as we know it today. turing his presidency from 1987-1991, the groups were given the names they go by today: Rastko, Obilic, Karadjordje, Njegos, Morava and Avala.
In the years to come we kept buying different choreography and folklore costumes, many of them still wear our dancers today. Some of them are from the villages of Sumadija and Glomoc.
As choreographer, Nikola Jovic, left an indelible mark on the many children he taught from 1984 to 2007. his easy going manner and love of each dancer endeared hm to the dancers and parents alike.
Folklore organization of the St. Nicholas Cathedral was the first Canadian group to perform in Pittsburgh in 1991. In the following period, the Folklore Organization of St. Nicholas danced and performed at numerous concerts and hosts throughout America and Canada, for example, at a large folk concert in San Diego in 2000, when they received great applause for choreography * Brankovo Kolo *, as well as Phoenix in Arizona in 2004. The new period for our folklore organization started in 2007 when choreographers changed. The President of 2007-2011 was Dragica Šobot. Dragan Maklenov, the former principal dancer of "Ensemble Kolo" from Belgrade, was hired as a new choreographer, who took up a task of teaching older dancers while Goran Koraksic was engaged to teach a young group. Goran quickly was replaced by Mile Peric. The role of president was assumed by Gordana Krsmanovic from 2011-2014. From 2014 Dragica Sobot is the president of Folklor organization. During this period, there were many changes in the organization and management of the Folklore. Many costumes were renewed and a full costume complement was purchased for the Vranjsko Polje choreography as were rights to our own choreographies.
Performances across Canada and USA have established friends and enabled our children to raise their love for dance with other Serbian communities in North America . the love of folklore at St. Nicholas Cathedral continues to thrive.