of Ukrainian Dance
LEARN Ukrainian Dancing. REHEARSE Ukrainian Dancing.
PERFORM UKRAINIAN DANCING!
The Edmonton School of Ukrainian Dance was established in 1988 by Ken Kachmar, who had a vision of a positive, inviting place for students to learn about their Ukrainian heritage through traditional dance forms. Kachmar, who had taught a myriad of dance groups over the years, envisioned a performing dance school which could teach the whirling, energetic movements of Ukrainian dance, as well as the admirable spirit and zest for life which dwells in the proud people of his ancestral home.
Today, the ESUD has grown into a popular, vibrant dance studio which is home to close to 150 dancers ranging in age from 3 to 70. Today's ESUD is focused on reaching out to the Edmonton community to share the art of Ukrainian dance with everyone we can. We do this through multiple community performance opportunities and competitions each year.
"So much fun!"
Thanks to the Edmonton School of Ukrainian Dance, I had the chance to meet some great people, make lots of friends and travel to exciting places for dance competitions. So much fun!
~ P. Popowich (Edmonton, Alberta)
"no annual fundraising"
"I appreciate there is no annual fundraising to do, not even for travel costs or the dance outfits. We have to do so much of that through my son's school and I have no time for it."
~ E. Sekora (St. Albert, Alberta)
"the instructors were very encouraging"
"I was new to Ukrainian dance and the members of the Vatra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble were all so welcoming and accepting of people at all skill levels of dance and the instructors were very encouraging. "
~ C. Hrenyk (Edmonton, Alberta)