Door County Folk Festival
Mary Pat Schmidt
Mary Pat Schmidt is from Pewaukee, Wisconsin. She was introduced to folk dancing in college at Marquette University, where she took a Phy Ed class in beginning Ethnic Dance and fell in love with it. She has been folk dancing with the Milwaukee International Dancers since the late 1980's, after seeing a notice promoting folk dancing at the International Institute which reignited her passion. In the Milwaukee group, she is in charge of coordinating teachers and scheduling dances to be taught each week.
Mary Pat is also a long time member of the Romanian performing group, Viata Romanesca, and a former member of the Bulgarian group, Na Lesa. She is now retired from a long career in Medical Technology (laboratory blood work), and besides dancing, spends time hiking around the US and Europe, and biking with other folk dancers.