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NEW in the Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance this year - MOLODTSI! This young, preparatory ensemble will provide additional training to School students from the Intermediate level on up. The focus will be on choreography and performance, with performing opportunities throughout the year. Register today for this exciting 40th anniversary initiative!
Registration for the Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance is now open! Fun and engaging Ukrainian dance classes for students of all ages and levels. Early bird discount until August 17th. Register now for our 40th anniversary season!
Presenting the Svitanok Society's 2018 year-end concert: Around the Corner / Au coin de la rue / Незвичайне поруч
Featuring the Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance with guest performances by the Svitanok Ensemble and other surprise artists!
...discovery awaits, unexpected - unusual - new ways
be surprised! be astonished! opportunity lies
just around the corner; have fun and embrace the change...
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!
Everyone is welcome at the Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance's annual Winter Celebration! The program will highlight each OSUD class in a brief dance excerpt and present the Svitanok Ensemble in rehearsal and performance. Admission by donation. Celebrate the season with OSUD!
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!
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:
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.
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!