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Alexander Marković is an instructor of the Ellas Dancers of Chicago. Alex has been researching, dancing, and performing folk dances from the Balkans for more than twenty years. He has actively danced Serbian folk dance since he was ten, and has taught Serbian folk dance since he was eighteen. Alexander has instructed youth dance groups of various ages at St George Serbian Orthodox Church in Schererville, Indiana as well as at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral on Redwood Drive in Chicago, Illinois.
Alex also has many years of experience dancing, researching, and teaching Hellenic dance traditions, beginning with Pontian dances in the performing group of the Xeniteas Pontian Society of Chicago at the age of fifteen and continuing with dances from all other regions of Greece as a member of Makedonia (later Hellas) of the Macedonian Society of Greater Chicago.
Aside from his work with the Ellas Dancers of Chicago, Alex also periodically offers public workshops in Serbian and Greek folk dances at the invitation of various institutions and festivals.
In addition to researching and dancing Serbian and Greek folk dances, Alex is a Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology at the University of Illinois-Chicago. His dissertation research investigates musical performances by Roma (Gypsy) musicians, local wedding traditions, and ethnic relationships between Roma and Serbs in Vranje, southeastern Serbia.