I am not one who can say that I have been dancing since I could move my feet, but I can say that it took only one class for me to discover my new and long standing passion with Ukrainian Dance. My journey began at the age of ten when we moved to Peace River, it continued in Grande Prairie and it now fulfills my life as my full time career around the province.
I am always searching for new inspiration and ways to continue my professional development. I am very fortunate to have studied dance in Ukraine four times, each experience being very different from the others. In 2007, I attended the Virsky Summer Camp in Kyiv, the following year my dance club travelled with Cobblestone Freeway participating in a variety of workshops, and in 2011 and 2015 I joined Cobblestone Freeway for the Ukrainian Dance Workshop Tours. I have participated in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s teacher training summer program, as well as numerous instructor workshops throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan each summer. Within these experiences, I have studied in depth Hutzel, Bukovynia, Pokuttia, Podillia, Poltava, Volyn, Hopak tricks and Boiko. I can hardly wait for my next adventure to Ukraine!
I strive to be a positive role model for all of my dancers as I feel very blessed to be able to share what I love with others. I believe that dance is a great tool for life and I want to provide that fun and inspirational space for my dancers that I had growing up. I have taught and currently teach dancers of all ages and find rewards with each age level. I truly find joy in teaching dance and creating choreography!
To be a part of the continuity of our culture and heritage, I am currently the Vice President on the executive of the Alberta Ukrainian Dance Association, serving my fifth year on the board. I aspire to maintain an active role in our Ukrainian community throughout Alberta and I hope to be known across Canada one day.