Former Ludo Mlado Members
“My mother can tell you that I used to move to any music when I was a baby. I started dancing at age 6 followed soon after with formal tape lessons and concerts. I sang operetta, did Scottish Country Dancing and played bagpipes during high school. I have performed international dances with the Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble and with Collage. I have been a member of the Scottish Demo Team here in Boston. I started with the original group at the beginning of Ludo Mlado. I top off my dance career with doing costumes for Ludo Mlado and collecting Balkan costumes for myself and to sell.”
Biserka is born in Sofia, Bulgaria and came to study in the US where she graduated from Suffolk University. She started taking Bulgarian folk dancing classes lead by Pepi Petrov and joined Ludo Mlado after seeing them on stage for the first time in September of 2009.
Svetlin (Sesho) Kalaydjiev is from Stara Zagora, Bulgaria and had no dance experience before coming to the US. He first saw a performance of Ludo Mlado in Providence, RI and started going to folk dance lessons led by Peter Petrov. Svetlin joined the Ludo Mlado troupe immediately after moving to Boston in 2007.
Stanislava is from Sofia, Bulgaria. When she was in elementary school she joined a folk dance group and was impressed by the beauty of the Bulgarian folklore. That is why after she graduated from college in the US, she was happy to continue dancing with Petar Petrov’s folk dance ensemble. She joined Ludo Mlado in the fall of 2011.
Zheina Pramatarova, discovered Bulgarian Dance in 2010 when she first saw Pepi Petrov teaching a dance class at Green Street Studio in Cambridge. She was soon hooked and found the one night a week dance class to not be enough. Pepi then suggested Ludo Mlado to her and even though she was originally intimidated by the seemingly unattainable level of dance, she gave it a try! She has now been with Ludo Mlado since 2011 and lives and breathes the dancing experience.
Kamen Kozarev is from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He works as a solar physicist, but he is also into photography, theater, and folk dancing!
Ellena Popova grew up in Karlovo, Bulgaria. As a child, she would always go to subori to dance with her aunt. In 2009, she started learning the beautiful Bulgarian dance style in a formal setting as a part of Zharava, a semi-professional Bulgarian dance troupe centered in Washington DC. She moved to Boston in 2013 for college, and is excited to continue dancing as a part of Ludo Mlado
Polina Paskaleva, originally from Varna, Bulgaria was first introduced to Bulgarian folklore in elementary school. She also practiced rhythmic gymnastics for a short period of time. While studying at Boston University she joined Ludo Mlado in the fall of 2007.
Ivana Dinkova has always been fascinated by the beauty of Bulgarian folk dance and culture. She started dancing at the age of 6 and has been performing for 13 years in Bulgaria; spreading the magnificence of the folklore and tradition from many different regions in Bulgaria trough performances in various European countries. After moving to Boston in the beginning of 2009, Ivana reconnected with the Bulgarian folk dance and joined Ludo Mlado.
Jordan is a part-time student at BU who first joined LM in 2009. As a kid, he performed in ensemble “Bulgarian” based in Varna, Bulgaria.
Diana Damyanova (DDD), originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, had no experience
with traditional Bulgarian dancing prior to moving to Boston in 2008.
After seeing a couple of performances by Ludo Mlado she was fascinated
by the spirit of the group and joined the following year.
Diana (DDL) is born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She grew up in an environment influenced by various musicians to find herself inevitably bond to music and dance. She continued her bachelor studies in the US and started taking Bulgarian dance classes lead by Pepi Petrov in 2009. Soon after she joined Ludo Mlado to offer her plentiful energy and high spirit to the group
Tsvetelina Teneva grew up in the valley of roses, Kazanlak, Bulgaria. She is an event planner by profession and has always been interested in Bulgarian folklore. Tsvetelina has been admiring Ludo Mlado since 2002 but it wasn’t until May of 2013, that she joined the group as one of its newest members.