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We have an opening on our OSUD teaching team!
The Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance (OSUD) provides training in Ukrainian dance to students of all ages and levels. Classes follow a Ukrainian/character curriculum that encourages all students to work to their full potential.
For this opportunity, Ukrainian dance training is required and teaching experience is preferred. However, applicants with a desire to begin instructor training will be considered.
Send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us for any questions.
The Svitanok Ensemble is performing on the main Canada Day stage on July 1! We're on at 6:30 p.m. in LeBreton Flats Park.
Find details on our performance - an on other free activities in Ottawa-Gatineau - in the Canadian Heritage Canada Day calendar of events.
Our first show in over a year was for the virtual World Multicultural Festival on November 28th. Here's the Svitanok Ensemble's in-studio performance!
The Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance is offering in-person classes for all ages in fall 2021! We'll be re-opening safely and joyfully the week of September 19th.
Registration is now open and spaces are limited. We process registrations on a first-come, first-served basis until classes are full. COVID-19 protocols are in effect for all classes. We look forward to seeing you in the studio!
The Svitanok Ensemble has performed in the Capital Ukrainian Festival opening ceremonies every year to welcome festival-goers from far and wide. Seven socially-distanced Svitanok dancers met in downtown Ottawa to keep this tradition alive!
WELCOME - ВІТАЄМО - BIENVENUE to #OCUF2020!
The Svitanok Ensemble is performing at Ottawa Malanka on Saturday, January 11th. Join us in celebrating the Ukrainian New Year in Ottawa!
You'll also enjoy singing from the Kolizhanky choir and zabava music from the band "Nervy". Ticket, timing and contact information is on the poster below. Don't wait too late to get your tickets! :)
On Sunday, December 15th, all OSUD students will gather together at The School of Dance to participate in a Ukrainian dance winter celebration! Parents, family and friends are invited to join OSUD students in the studio for brief, spotlight student performances as well as dances by Ottawa's own Svitanok Dance Ensemble. The general public is welcome with admission by donation. The Winter Celebration starts at 2pm and will finish at approximately 3:30pm.
The Svitanok Ensemble is performing at the World Multicultural Festival on Saturday, November 30th. Come see us at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park at 5pm!
The Festival runs from 12pm-11pm on November 30th and admission is free.
The Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance presents its first Podorozh! Journey with OSUD! workshop of the year! Oleh But of Kyiv, Ukraine - a researcher, teacher, and preserver of Ukrainian village dance - will teach traditional Ukrainian village dances and give insight into their origins and their role in the development of staged Ukrainian dance.
Oleh But is the leader of the Buttya ensemble, a traditional Ukrainian musical group started in 2000 and made up of the But family. The group has been instrumental in reviving traditional village folk dances in Ukraine by holding weekly dance classes in Kyiv through their "School of Traditional Dance," travelling extensively to festivals, and making dance instruction available through videos and their online database. They've reintroduced many participants to the folk music and dance of daily Ukrainian country life that has been largely unrepresented and have made great efforts to honour the authenticity of the original sources of their music. The ensemble performs both instrumental and vocal musical pieces, including many tunes for dancing, traditional wedding tunes, lyrical songs, comical songs, ballads, and winter ritual songs.