CNUF 2014 Dance Groups
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- Verba Ukrainian Dance Company’s mandate is to collaborate in sharing the stories, spirit, and traditions of Ukrainian culture as it has continued through generations in Canada. Verba’s repertoire combines both the grace and athleticism of Ukrainian dance to immerse the audience into the heart of Ukrainian folklore. Verba continues to branch out to discover celebrated Ukrainian choreography, as well as work with local choreographers to create original dances with the Company. Verba Ukrainian Dance Company was established in 2011 and is delighted to be performing at Canada’s Ukrainian Festival for the first time this year!
Canada’s National Riding & Dancing Cossacks
- Thrill to the spectacular sound of the explosive cannon, and the thundering hoofs, along with the breath taking scenery of the Cossacks as they charge their spirited steeds over the horizon. Visit the Cossack Camp down in the Heritage Site all three days of the festival.
- In the early 1970’s an enthusiastic group of young men were interested in forming a group that exemplified the spirit of the Cossack. From this start, emerged a troupe of riders and dancers known as Canada’s National Riding and Dancing Cossacks and Company. They are dedicated to the education and portrayal of the culture of the 16th century Zaporozhian Cossack.
Over the last 36 years, Cossacks and Company has thrilled audiences with their unique and vibrant performances. They have entertained at numerous festivals and ethnic functions including performances for Queen Elizabeth II and the late Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn. The vitality and versatility of the group is infectious. Audiences instantly become part of the spirit that is alive and strong in the group today. They group’s commitment to Ukrainian culture is displayed through their performances.
This year, the Cossacks and Company continue their evolving portrayal of the 16th century Zaporozhian Cossacks lifestyle, fight for freedom and their hard work for a better life in a new country. From the time the Hetman appears in the distant field, the sound of the thundering hooves, to the fading echo of the cannon, Cossacks and Company are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
2013 Amateur Talent Winner
Sopilka Ukrainian Dance School
The Senior Ladies of the Sopilka Ukrainian Dance School are an energetic, entertaining and culture loving group who showcase their talents and warm smiles in every performance. Under the artistic direction of Kristina Washchyshyn, these ladies have won many awards and honours. You will enjoy their performance on grandstand. Their “Contemporary Buko” dance is a fan favorite and it is their pleasure and honour to perform it for you.