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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.
Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance 2019-2020 registration is OPEN! Register for our Children/Youth Programme or for our Adult Programme. We're so excited to welcome you to an exciting, engaging, dynamic new dance season at OSUD.
For registration details, visit our Register page.
Come see the Svitanok Ensemble perform Hopak and partake in the Unity Dance at The Great India Festival on August 9th, at 6:30pm. The Festival takes place from August 9-11 at Ottawa City Hall.
Svitanok and the Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance are getting excited to perform at this year's 5th annual Capital Ukrainian Festival! See below for a schedule of our performance and workshop times. We'll see you at #OCUF2019!
Come celebrate Canada Day at the National Arts Centre with the Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance! Participate in a Ukrainian dance hour of movement and fun with OSUD as we celebrate Canada Day Ukrainian-Canadian style. No experience required. Plus, enjoy a performance by OSUD's performing ensemble, Molodtsi!
Celebrating 40 years of the Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance! Join the Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance and the Svitanok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble as they cherish their roots and look to the future. Experience a high-energy, vibrant dance concert with 102 performers of all ages in the cast. Spinning turns, male acrobatics, colour, emotion and a special guest artist. A whirlwind of a concert! Come and join in the celebration!
Tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday, May 23rd at 10 a.m. at the Centrepointe Theatre box office and at meridiancentrepointe.com.
The Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance was founded in 1979 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. As a 40th anniversary project, the School has established a young, preparatory Ensemble called "Molodtsi!". This young Ensemble focuses on performance, performing opportunities and the joy of dance.
Molodtsi! will present its premiere performance (a program of 3 new dances) in the Ottawa community this coming Saturday, May 11th at Ottawa Springfest.
Tickets to Ottawa Springfest can be purchased from their website (link above). Please join us in wishing success to Molodtsi! on its debut performance. Break a leg!
The Svitanok Ensemble is having an OPEN REHEARSAL on Sunday, May 5th! Come and see how our dancers train and practice and what a Svitanok rehearsal looks like!
Following the rehearsal, join us for a reception to thank and recognize our 2018-19 Svitanok Society donors.
Date: Sunday, May 5th
Location: The School of Dance, 200 Crichton St., Ottawa
Open Rehearsal: 6:30-7:45pm (FREE)
Donor Reception: 7:45-9pm ($10 for non-donors)
All are welcome to join us in the studio!