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Aldijana Radoncic was born in Sarejevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The recipient of a 2003 Iowa Arts Council Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant for Master Artists, Aldijana was a professional folkloric dancer in her former homeland. Trained in modern dance and music as well, she performed at international folkloric festivals throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Like many other Bosnian refugees, Radoncic and her family fled the war in Bosnia and came to Des Moines in 1995. A graduate of the Sarejevo College for Business and a former financial consultant, Radoncic has been employed for several years as a caseworker for Employee and Family Resources, a non-profit social service agency in Des Moines that serves refugees and immigrants.
Aldijana is very active and well respected in the community. In her spare time, she teaches Bosnian children traditional Bosnian dance, songs, and poetry, as well as modern dance. She is dedicated to passing on her knowledge about national heritage and dance technique through education and presentation.
Contact: Aldijana Radoncic, DM, 515.221.0530, firstname.lastname@example.org