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 great mentors leading and guiding me, and after years of learning the necessities about teaching children, dance, and my culture, I felt ready to expand on my own. Since then, I have been instructing all over Alberta for fourteen years.
Instructing Ukrainian Dance is my full time career. I have taught in Lamont, Two Hills, Innisfree, Glendon, and currently I teach with Peace River Muzyka Dancers one night a week and Red Deer Kvitka Dancers two nights a week. I absolutely love sharing my passion with dancers of all ages and I sincerely look forward to spending time with my students and watching them grow! I feel so lucky that this is what I get to do!
I am also extremely proud to be on the board of the Alberta Ukrainian Dance Association.
My second passion is travelling. 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 am anxious to see so much more of the world!
I gave birth to our first baby in December 2020!! I thought that I was busy before but boy does having a baby make me realize the word "busy" holds a much different value! I love motherhood and can't wait to experience dance performances from this side of the curtain one day!
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
2021 - AUDA Instructor Workshop Virtual Series
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