Sue Williard


Balkan, international

Sue Williard 2014


Sue Williard was introduced to international folkdancing at the tender age of 16 one fateful night at the Hillel Foundation in Columbus, Ohio. She fell madly and inextricably in love with Balkan music, singing, and dancing that night, a love affair that has continued undiminished ever since. Sue started teaching dancing as soon as she could do a few dances, believing that no one should have to live a life devoid of the joy of folkdancing. She found that she loves to teach dancing as much as she loves to dance, so she has continued to teach whenever possible (and sometimes when it is impossible, as well).

Sue has studied Balkan and international dance and song with many teachers all over the United States and Europe. She has been a member of four performing groups over the years, including Nashville's own Dancefolk. Sue has taught Balkan dance to school groups, dance camps, recreational dance groups, senior citizens, ranch hands, and people waiting for various types of public transportation. She currently teaches Balkan dance at several dance groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been the Balkan Dance teacher at Lark World Music and Dance Camp in Mendocino, California for the many years.