I began dancing at the age of ten and it took only one practice for me to fall in love with Ukrainian Dance. At the age of fourteen I was asked to be an assistant instructor and couldn't turn it down. I was very fortunate to have had great mentors such as Vincent Rees and Paul Olijnyk training me, and after years of learning the necessities about teaching children, dance, and my culture, I felt ready to expand on my own. I have been instructing all over Alberta for fourteen years.
Instructing Ukrainian Dance is my full time career and I currently teach with Peace River Muzyka Dancers one night a week and Red Deer Kvitka Dancers two nights a week. I am also extremely proud to be on the board of the Alberta Ukrainian Dance Association.
My second passion is travelling the world. I have been all over Canada from Victoria to Toronto including Niagara Falls which will always be one of my favorite places. I have experienced the great Las Vegas, Montana, Texas, California, Florida, New York City, Mexico, Hawaii, Cuba, Germany and I have been fortunate enough to visit Ukraine four different times. I still have many places I'd like to visit such as Canada's east coast, Thailand, Greece, Italy, Hungary and many more... When I'm not teaching or travelling, I love being with friends and family. Movie nights, game nights, sit around the fire nights... good company makes any night fantastic!
To continue my professional development, I have participated in many workshops and conferences around the world including:
2007 - The International Summer Dance School
of Ukrainian Dance with Virsky - Kyiv, Ukraine
2008 - Workshops throughout Ukraine
2009 - Ukrainian Dance Instructors Conference (UDIC) - Edmonton, AB
2010 - Shumka Syllabus Training - Edmonton, AB
2011 - Ukrainian Dance Workshop Tour - Ukraine (Studied Bukovynian, Pokuttia, Hutzul)
2011/2012 - Ballet and Contemporary at Grant MacEwan University - Edmonton, AB
2015 - Ukrainian Dance Workshop Tour - Ukraine (Studied Boiko, Podillian, Hutzul)
2017 - Royal Winnipeg Ballet Teacher Training Program -Winnipeg, MB
2017 - Hopak on the Prairies Ukrainian Dance Instructors Workshop - Saskatoon, Sask.
2018 - Ukrainian Dance Instructors Conference - Calgary, AB
2019 - AUDA Ukrainian Instructors Conference - Calgary, AB