The director of SLOBODA, Nikola Krcadinac, is originally from Pancevo, Serbia.

His background in folklore dancing is extensive beginning in  1972 when he started dancing in Pancevo local folklore group, Stanko  Paunovic - Zeleznicar.  

In 1973 Nikola joined the KUD Abrasevic under the direction of Dobrivoje Putnik until 1984.  When he relocated to Novi Sad.

In 1984, he joined the Sonja Markinovic Academic Ensemble under the direction of Milan Ognjanovic and Milorad Lonic.

In his long dancing career, Nikola performed with his folklore groups at many dance festivals throughout Europe, Africa and Asia Minor.  Upon his arrival to the United States in 1991, Nikola began teaching at The Serbian Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection in Chicago.  He was director of folklore at the parish for ten years for several groups ranging from ages 4 to adult.  Subsequently he also taught at The Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago.  

Nikola currently teaches two children groups at St. Basil of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Church in Lake Forest, as well as the adult SLOBODA.  

SLOBODA group is sponsored through the:

Serbian National Defense Council of America (SND).