Miroslav Bata Marcetic was a leading performer, soloist and choreographer, with the Serbian National Folk Ensemble “Kolo” in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro (former Yugoslavia) for seventeen years and is the recipient of several awards for his artistic work. He has attended almost all folk dance seminars held in former Yugoslavia and eventually, he became the instructor of several workshops held in former Yugoslavia, Japan, Israel and currently in Canada and the USA. As a well-known choreographer, he was chosen by the Folk Dance Association of Serbia to be a judge at folklore competitions that were taking place in Serbia and Montenegro from 1980 to 1993.
Miroslav created a great number of choreographies which have won either first or second prizes in competitions, both in Former Yugoslavia and in Canada. Under his artistic direction, many ensembles have won artistic awards, such as: In Serbia: Ensemble of “Dom Kulture Banatsko Novo Selo” at Ruma Provincial Folk Dance Competition: 3rd place in 1977, 1975, 1985, 1987, 1983; 2nd place in 1989; and 1st place in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1991; In Canada: “Hajduk Veljko” Ensemble from Toronto: 2nd place at the Kiwanis Music Festival in 2001; and SCA “Oplenac” from Mississauga: 2nd place in 2002 and 1st place in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004 at the Kiwanis Music Festival; 1st place in 2000 and 2004 at the CHIN Canada Day International Festival, and was awarded the Order of National Merit, 2nd degree in 2003 by V.Kostunica, the former president of Serbia & Montenegro.
In Canada, Miroslav works in several dance associations and ensembles: Kralj Petar II from Winona since 1993, , Serbian Club “Kordun” since 2004 and he worked in S.C.A. “Oplenac” in Mississauga from 1993 until 2004 and in Folk Dance Ensemble “Hajduk Veljko” from Toronto from 1999 until 2006. Due to his long-term, dedicated and victorious work in the Canadian Serbian community, on December 26th 2005 Miroslav was awarded the Golden Plaque by the Cultural-Academic State Association of Serbia.
In 2004, Miroslav established his own school of dance, “Academy of Serbian Folk Dancing” which includes more than 300 dancers of all ages, and a folk band instructed and directed by Mica Petrovic, a music coach par excellence, whose last forty years of his adult life have been dedicated to publicizing and promoting Serbian folk music. The Academy of Serbian Folk Dancing is the winner of the following artistic awards:
at the Kiwanis Music Festival in both junior and senior categories – 1st place in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005, at the CHIN Picnic Canada Day Festival competition: in junior category – 2nd place in 2011 and 1st place in 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005: in senior category – 2nd place in 2011, 2009 & 2008 and 1st place in 2012, 2006 & 2005.
Miroslav simultaneously works with the international folk dance community where he is teaching Serbian and East-European dances. These include the Ontario Folk Dance Association (2001, 2002 & 2005 in Waterloo and 2005 in Toronto), Hamilton International (1995, 1998, 2000 & 2005), McMaster University (1995 – 1998) among others.
His most recent workshops were held in :
Mainewoods Dance Camp, Fryeburg, USA (Aug 21-Aug 27, 2016)
International Folk Dance of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON (Oct 31, 2015)
Panasia Folk Dance Camp in Taiwan, Hong Kong (Aug. 21-23, 2015)
June Camp, Beloit College, Beloit, WI (May 28–31, 2015)
Stockton Folk Dance Camp, Stockton, California, USA (Jul 20 – Aug 3, 2014)
Burnaby International Folk Dancers, BC (April 25 – 27, 2014)
SAFDF San Antonio, Texas (March 14-16, 2014)
VIII Gathering: Music & Dances Practices from around the world, Bahia / Sao Paulo, Brazil (Jan 30 – Feb 3, 2014)
Balkanalia, Camp Angelos, Corbett, Oregon (August 30 – September 2, 2013)
Edmonton, Alberta (April 12 – 14, 2013)
Centre d’Arts Orford, Sherbrooke, Quebec (May 31- June 2, 2013)
FFDC Camp, Orlando, Florida (February 15 – February 18, 2013)
Master Teacher at the 2012 North-South Teachers’ Symposium, Monte Toyon Camp, Aptos, CA (2012),
Stockton Folk Dance Camp, Stockton, California (2012),
Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, Massachusetts( 2012),
Montreal, Quebec (2011, 2012),
Quebec City, Quebec (2012),
San Francisko, CA (2011),
IFC Camp, Hopewell Junction, NY (2011),
Ontario Folk Dance Association, Toronto, Ontario (2011),
Phoenix, Arizona (2011), Folkdancers Festival, Newport Beach, California (2011),
Philadelphia and Harrisburg, PA (2010),
Washington DC (2010),
City International Folk Dance Association St. Louis, Missouri (2010),
Bridgton, Maine(2001, 2002, and 2004),
Boston, Massachusetts (2002),
San Antonio, Texas (2002, 2005 and 2008),
Fairlee, Vermont (2002),
Pocono Manor Resort, Pennsylvania (2003),
Socorro, New Mexico (2003),
Camp Crystal Lake, Florida (February 2006),
Mainewoods, Fryeburg Maine (2006),
Ottawa, Ontario (February 2007),
Atlanta, Georgia(April 2007),
San Antonio, TX (March 2008), and
Hamilton Folk Dance Club, (25th Anniversary Celebration), Hamilton, Ontario (2009).
Miroslav Bata Marcetic has devoted his entire professional career to the preservation and perpetuation of folklore and dance. His contribution to the Canadian Serbian folklore community is immeasurable.