Door County Folk Festival
Nina Lusterman
Evanston, IL)
(Dance Music & Syllabus Coordinator, Dance Instructor)

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Nina Lusterman began folk dancing at Michael and Mary Ann Herman's teenage session in NYC in the late '60s.  She continued to folk dance through college, and after college for a short time in southern California and then in Madison, WI in the 70s.  She moved to Chicago in 1978 and danced with several performing groups, including an Eastern European, International, and Hungarian group.  Then Nina took a 20 year break from dancing and returned to folk dancing in late 2007 and got hooked all over again.  Now Nina dances at least 3-4 times a week, and although she sometimes feels like it's taken over her life, she is really enjoying it.  She helps run the Evanston Folk Dance group, including coordinating the teaching sessions and teaching on a regular basis.  When Nina isn't at work or folk dancing, she and her husband like to walk, hike, bird watch, and cross-country ski.