NP-UN Western Bureau.
Over 200 students participated as the Shumka School of Dance (SSD) held its annual year-end concert at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, May 6.
Entitled “Litayuchi barvy (Flying Colours)’, the three-and-a-half-hour concert featured members of all 23 classes performing a total 48 choreographies throughout 41 numbers.
One of the highlights was an extended story dance “Novorichne chudo (New Year’s Magic)” by the Intensive Division, which incorporated several different choreographic numbers.
Shumka itself appeared as a guest artist performing “Carpathian Chimes” which they had included in their production of “Ancestors and Elders” one week earlier.
Established in 1989, the SSD has trained thousands of young dancers and helped them achieve a broad dance-focused skill set, performance excellence, and a strong work ethic.
SSD provides Ukrainian regional, character, RAD ballet and contemporary dance training to students from 3 years of age and up. Offering Canada’s only Ukrainian dance curriculum, dancers move through progressive levels of training, choreography and performance opportunities under high-level instruction. In addition, most of Shumka’s professional productions incorporate students from the School as support or leading characters.
The School performs at numerous community events including festivals, special events, and at care facilities throughout the year. In addition to providing valuable on-stage experience for the dancers, it is an opportunity for them to give back to their community.
The Shumka School’s popular Junior Instructor Program trains future faculty while giving dedicated youth the ability to lead and inspire. Each summer, an array of Camp offerings provides training and educational opportunities for students from around the globe.