Upcoming Performances and Events
Come and see us!
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!
Registration Day for 2017-2018 Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance classes is Sunday, September 10th from 1-3 pm at The School of Dance. You may also register online or by mail - visit the OSUD registration page of our website for details.
We're looking forward to the start of another great season!
August 24th is Ukraine's Independence Day, and this year, Svitanok will be celebrating at A Day in Ukraine! This event will display a fusion of ethnic and contemporary culture through a day-long exhibition. The Embassy of Ukraine in Canada / Посольство України в Канаді is presenting this culture-filled day at Landsowne Park as part of the Ottawa Welcomes the World 2017 programming.
The Svitanok Ensemble is performing in both the day and evening programs. We're thrilled to share the stage with other amazing artists from Canada and Ukraine. A Day in UA is sure to be a unique and incredible event!
Come see both the Svitanok Ensemble and OSUD classes perform at the third annual Capital Ukrainian Festival! We'll be on the main stage on all three festival days along with many other talented performers from Canada, the U.S., and Ukraine. See our performance times below. Celebrate Ukrainian culture in Canada's capital!
Friday, July 21:
On Canada Day, the Svitanok Ensemble will perform at the official opening of the Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History (photo). We're thrilled to celebrate Canada 150 and this groundbreaking exhibit with a commissioned piece and to represent the richness that Ukrainian Canadians have always contributed to Canada.
The Canadian History Hall tells the history of Canada and its people from the dawn of human habitation to the present. Through authentic artifacts and compelling stories, the Hall explores the events, personalities and historical currents that have shaped and continue to shape this country. (historyhall.ca)
The touch of a mother's hand, the protective embrace of a father, the comfort of sitting quietly next to someone you love...these moments are fleeting and often eclipsed by the distractions of our busy lives. These are the moments we will long for again after the passage of time. Let us be grateful for ordinary moments as they happen and recognize them as the extraordinary wonders of today.
Join us at Centrepointe Theatre on Saturday, June 3rd for our 2017 year-end concert - " The Wonder of Today ." Watch the hard work and dedication of all our School's students come to life onstage among dances performed by the Svitanok Ensemble. For tickets, visit the Centrepointe Theatre website.
Svitanok is looking forward to performing at the SUSK: Ukrainian Canadian Students' Union Congress zabava. Held at Lago Bar and Grill overlooking Dow's Lake, the event will bring together Ukrainian Canadian students and others from across the country to celebrate their accomplishments as well as Canada's 150th anniversary year. Afterwards, guests will dance to music from Hloptsi Z Mista (Хлопці з Міста) from Toronto. Tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org
Experience Ukrainian dance in Canada's capital!
Join us at the Svitanok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble's open rehearsal on Sunday, April 9th. All are welcome to come and have the opportunity to see what a Svitanok rehearsal looks like!
Get a first-hand glimpse into what the Ensemble has been working on, including new choreography, and feel the unique and artistic spirit of Ukrainian dance in Ottawa.
Admission is free, and you're welcome to stay afterwards for a wine and cheese reception in honour of our society's valued donors!
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!
The OSUD Open House is this Sunday, February 12th! Come see our School's students and teachers in action between 2:00pm and 6:15pm at The School of Dance, 200 Crichton Street. There will also be a drop-in room with coffee, juice, and baked goods for all guests. See how hard we've been working and how much fun we've been having!