I.U. INTERNATIONAL FOLKDANCERS
Contacts and Teachers
Al and Kathy Ruesink
Al and Kathy have been faculty advisors to I.U. International Folkdancers since about 1984.
They organize the weekly Friday dances, teach dances and program regularly,
and are also in charge of the group's music and equipment.
Vladimira lives in Bloomington since 2001.
With background in ballroom and modern dance, she started folk dancing in 1999 in Boulder, CO, where she was a member of two performing groups: Hora Romaneasca, focusing mostly on Romanian dances from different regions, and Postoley with repertoire of Ukrainian and Polish folkdances.
She teaches at IU Folkdancers since 2001, focusing mostly on Romanian dances.
Gergana is a native of Bulgaria where she learned village dances from her grandmothers and other family members,
and she has been dancing those all her life at weddings and any other occasions where one dances in Bulgaria.
She has additionally been performing since she was six years old and became active in the American folk dance scene after she moved
to the US in 1997. Most recently she was involved with Radost Folk Ensemble in Seattle (1999-2006) where she was a performer, instructor,
choreographer and the managing director for three years. Gergana joined IU International Folkdancers when she moved to Bloomington in 2006.
Andrea is the group's webmaster and librarian. She has been teaching and programming folkdance
for the group since 1979. Andrea was a folkdance performer at Penn State University.
Leah has been dancing and performing in folkdance groups since childhood, most recently in Bulkanski Igre
in Chicago for five years. She specializes in Yugoslavian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, and
Israeli dances. Leah has been dancing with I.U. International folkdancers for ten years, and
currently is becoming well-known as a swing and ballroom dance teacher.
Marion has been a dedicated dancer with I.U. International Folkdancers
since 1977. She is one of the most committed dancers in attending
folkdance workshops and weekends, and has introduced some of the
group's favorite dances. Marion also teaches and programs.
Last updated: June 6, 2008