Yuliyan Yordanov

Artistic Biography



            Yuliyan Yordanov grew up in Doyrentsi, a village in Lovech region of north central Bulgaria, and learned dancing and singing at a young age. A graduate of the acclaimed Academy of  Music and Dance Art in Plovdiv, he worked professionally in Lovech as a dance director, choreographer, and Bulgarian folk dance instructor beginning in 1993. He and his students participated in many concerts, celebrations, and international festivals throughout Bulgaria and the rest of Europe. In May 1995 they were selected to appear on Channel One of Bulgarian National Television. In 1997 Yuliyan was honored with an invitation to attend the traditional annual party for Bulgarians with notable achievements in education and culture hosted by the president of Bulgaria.


Since moving to the U.S., Yuliyan has taught Bulgarian dancing at:

·        Door County Folk Festival in Door County, WI (2003, 2004 and 2005) 

·        Appleton IFD Dance Weekend in Appleton, WI (2005)

·        Autumn Leaves Festival in Nashville, TN (2005)

·        Balkanske Igre Spring Festival in Chicago, IL (2004, 2005 and 2006)

·        Bulgarian Dance Weekend in Harrisburg, PA (2006, 2008)

·        Buffalo on the Danube Dance Camp at Timber Ridge Camp in High View, WV (2007)

·        Old Country Weekend, Lake Texoma, OK (2007)

·        Rang Tang, Atlanta, GA (2008)

·        Workshops in Evanston, IL (2004); Milwaukee, WI (2004); Chicago, IL (2003, 2004, 2005); Washington DC (2006, 2008); Princeton, NJ (2006, 2008); Las Vegas, NV (2007); San Diego, Laguna Beach, Bellflower and Berkeley, California (2007); Seattle, WA (2008); Philadelphia, PA (2008); Brooklyn Heights, NY (2008).

In Des Plaines, IL, Yuliyan established and leads the folk dance formations "Nashencheta" and "Mitronija" of St. Sophia Bulgarian School since 2002. 

       In Milwaukee, WI, he has been a choreographer and artistic director for the "Na Lesa" Bulgarian folk dance ensemble since 2004. For two years (2005-2006) he served as an artistic director of the younger group of "St. Sava Junior Dancers" at the Serbian Cultural Center.

       In Madison, WI, Yuliyan has danced with and choreographed regional Bulgarian dance suites for  “Narodno! International Dancers”. He also dances with the “Mesoghios Greek Dancers” where he learned many authentic dances.

       As a musician, Yuliyan has performed (tupan, tambura, vocals) with “Malo Selo” folk ensemble in Madison and is now the vocalist and tupan player for the Balkan folk music ensemble “Veseliyka” also in Madison.


With “Mitronija” Bulgarian folk formation


Madison, WI, Folk Ball 2008



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