Serbian folklore dance lovers,Dragan and Isidora Marković began their career as dancers when they were children.They were brought up in Užice.They traveled a lot, had many concerts and took part in many important state manifestations throughout Europe with their folklore ensemble.Till their very departure for Canada they have trained younger generations of dancers.On their arrival,they continued to pass on their knowledge as dance choreographers to all age groups ,from the youngest to the oldest. For a short period of time,they were hired by St.Michael`s Church to work with senior and junior dancers.Also they have been hired by St.Sava Church in Vancouver to work with a group”Vuk Karadžić” for almost 15 years.This work is crowned by many travels across North America and organizations of many successful concerts of folklore character.Desiring more qualitative stage expression,progress and raising the level of work, folklore enthusiasts Dragan and Isidora,out of pure enthusiasm and missionary approach to work,founded Serbian folklore ensemble”Zavičaj”. From the very beginning it represented an invaluable stimuli to Serbian children in the Diaspora to cherish Serbian national and cultural heritage.Over the years they have enriched their careers by attending various seminars and a number of ethnological and ethnographic research.
Ivana Šuljagić was born in Belgrade.She has been actively involved with music since her early childhood.As a folklore ensemble dancer and choir solo singer , has participated in many concerts and has been on many a tour in the Balkans and Western Europe.During her studies she was a soprano of a renowned Serbian choir “LOLA” and an educator of preschool children organizing creative and music workshops for the nurseries.She was an assistant choir-leader of a mixed church choir”Saint Nicolai of Žiča”of Saint Luke`s Church in Belgrade.She was one of the founders and for a short period a choir-leader to a choir of the Serbian Falcon Society in Višegrad.She is a founder and a choir- leader of a mixed church choir”St.George”of St.George`s Church in Užice and a children`s choir”Djurdjevak”(Lily- of-the-valley).As a choir-leader and a speech therapist, she held a lecture on the pathology and rehabilitation of human voice.Her four-month work as a music educator of the children of SKUD”Zavičaj”from Vancouver,she contributed to developing their love for music,Serbian songs and Serbian tradition as well as to enriching their vocabulary of their mother tongue.These objectives being set and being an enthusiastic person,she aspires for a permanent form of educating children of SKUD” Zavičaj”
Iako mladi, obdareni foklornim iskustvom, Milan Slavnic i Bozana Markovic, asistenti su u radu sa najmladjom foklornom grupom ansambla "Zavicaj". Kao mladi edukatori, Milan i Bozana utiru sebi stazu profesionalizma kojom ce zbliziti buduce narastaje i vrednosti srpske tradicije kroz igru i pesmu. Najveci uspeh ovog ansambla je uspeh svih njegovih clanova.