Upcoming Performances and Events
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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.
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!
Presenting "Подорож! Journey with OSUD!" Workshop #2 - BODY & MIND
The second exciting workshop in OSUD's new "Podorozh" adult workshop series focuses on health and wellness and will include:
Register early to avoid disappointment; space is limited!
The Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance is excited to present a new workshop series: Подорож! Journey with OSUD! This series will explore various themes connected to Ukrainian dance, culture and connection.
First up - prepare for the next zabava! Learn and improve your polka and waltz moves, Ukrainian-style, with Dmytro Startsev, 3-time Ukrainian national ballroom champion from Kharkiv, Ukraine. Learn about polka and waltz music with Larisa Lysenko, pianist, accordionist and music educator born in Kremenchuk, Ukraine. No experience needed - all welcome!
We're opening up our BALLROOM DANCE workshop to the public!
Instructor Alexander Pauk will work with all levels - from beginner to advanced. A partnered approach will be used, so try to find a partner! If you can't, let us know - we'll try to match up single registrants to make partners for the afternoon.
Fee - $5/person
Dress code - dressy casual: Men - dress pants, white shirt, dance shoes; Women - dress or skirt/top combination, dance shoes
About Alexander Pauk:
Alexander Pauk began his ballroom and Latin dance training in western Ukraine, and moved to the Slovak Republic to train with top European coaches from Germany, Italy, England and the Czech Republic.
A winner of numerous awards in international competitions, he has received gold and silver medals in Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Salzburg and Brno to name a few, Alexander has achieved a professional rank in the Latin and ballroom dance styles.
Alexander is certified as a professional dance teacher in Canada, is a member of the IDSF and the Canadian Dance Sport Federation (CDF), and is a successful choreographer and coach. Fluent in 6 languages, he's looking forward to working with the Svitanok Society!