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Marieta Mircheva has been a co-choreographer and performer of “Ludo Mlado“ dance ensemble since 2004. Marieta is a Bulgarian native who has been dancing and performing since the age of 8. By the age of 13, she had over one hundred performances and several European dance tours as a member of Folk Dance Ensemble “Zdravets”. In 1998, Marieta graduated from the National School of Dance Art in Sofia, Bulgaria with a major in Bulgarian Folk Dances. After her graduation she moved to the US and joined the Balkan Dance Classes led by Peter Petrov. In 2001, Marieta founded the first performing Bulgarian folk dance formation “The Roses”, which group later affiliated with ensemble Ludo Mlado. Marieta is thrilled to be part of Ludo Mlado and to have the opportunity to dance with such talented and fun individuals.


ddlDiana (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.


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.


ivanaIvana 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.


polinaPolina 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.

Pierre Neville


Pierre Neville

“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.”



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 Maldo



Radina Petkova practiced various dance styles while growing up in Haskovo, Bulgaria. However, it wasn’t until living away from home, when she became passionate about exploring the Bulgarian folklore. She was first introduced to the magic of Bulgarian dance by Pepi Petrov and joined Ludo Mlado in 2012.



Mariela Mihaleva – Born in Burgas, Bulgaria.  As a middle school student  took dance classes for 1 year at local Youth  Ensemble. I have always  been passionate about Bulgarian folklore. Started dance  classes lead by  Peter Petrov in 2007. Mastering many new dances was a dream-come-true.  This lead to a decision to join Ludo Mlado in 2009.



Svetla Mincheva, originally from Pazardjik, discovered the beauty of dance at the age of 7 as she joined the local ensemble “Albena”. This passion stayed with her all through high school after which she had to part with friends as she ventured into college life in America. After graduating and getting settled in Boston, Svetla rediscovered her passion for dance as she met some of the members from Ludo Mlado and joined the group in 2009.



Rostislav is born in Bulgaria and developed his passion for traditional dancing while still in his home country. Upon his move to Boston he found out about Ludo Mlado and became a member and a very active advocate of the group within months.



Petar Ivanov grew up in Bulgaria. He always has been fascinated with the variety and dynamic of the Bulgarian folk music and dance. It was until he started training with Pepi Petrov when he realized that folklore dance carries more than just positive emotions – it’s a way to inspire and tell a genuine story at the same time. He joined Ludo Mlado in the Fall of 2012.



Daniela Stoudenkova grew up in a small town in Western Bulgaria . She had no prior experience with Bulgarian Folklore dancing but  has always had a passion for it.  Her first exposure to the beauty and magic of Bulgarian dances was at the dancing classes lead by Pepi Petrov. In 2011 she joined ensemble Ludo Mlado and has been an active member since.



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.



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.



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.



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.