It began in 1995 when Sam and Regina Sukovadi moved to
Springfield and found no folk dance at all. They had to
start and promote their own group.
Doctor Bernelli, then Springfield University’s president,
was bent on promoting the University to international students,
so he was more than accommodating. He made the campus dance
studio available weekly; reserved space
in the campus newspaper for their promotion; and persuaded
Doctor Horowitz of the Business School to coach that promotion.
Doctor Bernelli demanded production. The Sukovadis were
hard-pressed to keep up.
Yet Bernelli’s demands were just what the group needed.
Students, city news media, and local ethnic groups jumped on
the band wagon. Within one year, the group was performing almost
statewide. and the generous alumni saw the group as a means of
preserving ethnic traditions.
The following year a work scholarship agreement was made with
the University. It was then that the group adopted the name
Fantasy Dancers and took off. Today the Fantasy Dancers perform
coast to coast and are recognized as one of the top troupes in