Sandra's role in the teaching team is to research different Croatian folkloric dances and regions and to liaise with international choreographers. She also provides teaching support during the Junior, Intermediate and Adult Group dance practice. Through her research of Croatian Folkloric dances, music and costumes, Sandra continually brings new ideas to our choreographies and performances and steers the group creatively. She first joined Mladi Hrvati in 1986 and now has three daughters dancing in the Junior and Intermediate groups.
Maya joined Mladi Hrvati in 2015 and teaches and creates choreographies for the Junior, Intermediate and Adult Group. She is originally from Canberra where she danced for the local folkloric group HFS Croatia. She spent much of her youth singing in Canberra choir 'Gaudeamus' and is a classically trained pianist. Maya researches different Croatian folkloric dances and regions alongside Sandra, and in the lead up to events that Mladi Hrvati are performing at, she gives up hours of her own time to help prepare dancers with personalised coaching and encouragement.
One of Antun's great passions is Croatian folkoric dance. He first started dancing at the age of seven and has since spent time learning dance both in Australia and in Croatia, where he attended Hrvatska Matica Iseljenika. Antun provides teaching support to Sandra and Maya during dance practice. Through their combined effort, this team continually brings new ideas and dance approaches to our members.
Klara joined Mladi Hrvati in 2014. She is originally from Wollongong where she spent her youth dancing for local folkloric group HFS Zagreb. Klara is an accomplished musician who has a Bachelor of Music and has been trained in various instruments. She has toured Europe as part of the Wollongong Youth Orchestra. Klara teaches our music theory classes for tamburica students, as well as transcribing and arranging music for the group. Klara is also a progressive singer/songwriter who has recently released her own albums. You will find her performing her own music at hotspots all around Melbourne.