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About Us

The dance group XoroTroptzi was founded ​in October of 2012 in Los Angeles, California by ​Veselka Vasileva with the support and ​assistance of Alina Marinova. Veselka first ​discovered the beauty and uniqueness of ​Bulgarian folklore at an early age as a dancer ​and member of the dance ensemble ​“Nashencheta” with choreographer Ivan Ivanov ​(Pleven, Bulgaria). She was instantly mesmerized ​by spectacular colors and intricacy of the folk ​costumes, uniqueness of the Bulgarian music ​and rhythms, and the diversity and radiance of

the dances, but most importantly by the smiles ​and joy people experienced while dancing or ​watching a performance. Years later when she ​moved to the United States, she wanted to ​share her passion for Bulgarian folklore with ​fellow Bulgarians and anyone else who wanted ​to learn some of the most popular Bulgarian ​line-dancing steps and dances, called Xoro.

In late 2014, Vasil Tsarev, a passionate folk ​dancer, former member of ensemble Aura (Sofia, ​Bulgaria), and alumni of the world-renowned dance ​group The Tamburitzans (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) ​joined XoroTroptzi. Together, in January of 2015, ​Veselka and Vasil took the group to the next level by ​establishing a dance ensemble focused on building ​a repertoire of intricate dance choreographies from ​all seven folk regions of Bulgaria.

The members of the ensemble learned, practiced, ​and performed challenging footsteps and complex ​formations while maintaining synchronicity, upbeat ​energy, smiles, and having a great time. His ideas ​and participation from 2014 to 2018 were greatly

beneficial to the ensemble.

Today, XoroTroptzi is a part of the non-profit Bulgarian-American Cultural Educational Foundation. The ​group has more than 30 active members who meet weekly in Tarzana, CA or Woodland Hills, CA. What ​unites all members of the group is their mission to preserve the Bulgarian cultural identity overseas and ​share their passion and love for Bulgarian folklore and traditions while having fun and building life-long ​friendships.

XoroTroptzi is always welcoming new mem-​bers of all levels, who are interested in getting ​familiar and learning Bulgarian dances while ​sharing their positive energy and excitement with ​the rest of our wonderful team. We offer dance ​classes for all levels, including beginners on ​Tuesdays at a new location in Woodland Hills, CA.

The XoroTroptzi ensemble has performed at ​many Bulgarian and International Folk Festivals in ​Los Angeles and around the United States and ​Canada. Additionally, the group is available to ​perform at public and private events such as ​concerts, weddings, corporate events and dance ​summits. We also offer individual lessons and ​group classes.

At the beginning of December 2024, the ensemble ​were also guests to "KTLA 5" television channel, ​where in addition to music, its members talked ​about the magnificent Bulgarian nature, the ​Bulgarian alphabet, yogurt and rose oil and ​promoted their participation at the 64th Annual ​L.A. County Holiday celebration.

On December 24, 2024 the XoroTroptzi ensemble ​performed at the 64th Annual L.A. County Holiday ​celebration and brought tons of festive emotions ​to the audience during their performance. The ​group led by Veselka Vasileva performed "Shopska ​Kitka" and impressed both those present at the ​celebration and the viewers in front of the ​television screens.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you!

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