The Študent Academic Folklore Dance Group was established in 1964 in Maribor. Led by Vasja Samec since 1974, the group presents a programme of traditional dances from all the regions of Slovenia as well as from Trieste and Resia. Since 2001 a group of female folk singers, led by Ana Smej, actively contributed to the group's programme, performing traditional folk songs researched and prepared by Drago Kunej, an expert on Slovene folk singing.
The group is a co-producer of the Folkart International Folklore Festival, Maribor at the Lent Festival in Maribor and is a member of the CIOFF.
It has toured Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia and participated in festivals in Austria, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Poland, Turkey, Canada, Israel, Hungary, Greece, Denmark, Sweden, Macao, Puerto Rico, Macedonia, Serbia, Australia, Peru, Portugal, and Japan (CIOFF World Folkloriada). The Študent Group and its artistic leader Vasja Samec have received several awards.