Sadok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble members Aria Fedoruk

Sadok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble members Aria Fedoruk

Sadok jumps for Ukrainian culture

Vernon dance ensemble brings Okanagan Ukrainian Festival to the Performing Arts Centre May 27.

The Sadok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble is about to say “pryvit” (welcome) as it celebrates its 13th anniversary with a dance performance at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre May 27.

Billed as the Okanagan Ukrainain Festival, the Vernon-based dance troupe has invited special guests, the Pokotillo Ukrainian Dancers of Kamloops and the Stepanchuk Family Singers, to perform at the event.

This is the 20th theatrical dance production choreographed by Sadok’s artistic director Andrea Malysh, who has 30 years of Ukrainian folk dance experience and has also been immersed in ethnographic studies with professional instructors and regional experts in Canada, Australia, and Ukraine.

In 2006, Malysh was awarded a diploma from the school of choreography at the Virsky National University of Arts and Culture in Kyiv, Ukraine.

“This year Sadok joins 1.2 million Ukrainian Canadians in celebrating 120 years of settlement in Canada,” said Malysh. “National commemoration of the 120th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada began with an official logo unveiling and pioneer family gathering, held at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton.”

Since then, with the encouragement of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, various celebrations, festivals, concerts and banquets across the country have been dedicated to this community milestone, added Malysh.

“The national anniversary celebrations will be officially brought to a conclusion at the 2012 Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival (TUF), which will take place Sept. 14 through 16.”

Through festivals, competitions and performances, the Sadok dancers have continually pushed the boundaries by entertaining and educating their audience about their Ukrainian-Canadian heritage.  They have performed throughout the Okanagan, Vancouver, Alberta and L.A. In March, 2008 they performed at Disneyland, California where they shared their culture with the world.

“This excitingly vibrant and colourful dance is always enjoyed by audiences of both Ukrainians and non-Ukrainians alike,” said Malysh. “We invite you all to join in an afternoon of dance, drama and Ukrainian spirit.”

The Okanagan Ukrainian Festival takes place at the Performing Arts Centre May 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the Ticket Seller box office, call 549-7469 or order online at www.ticketseller.ca. Visit www.sadok.net for more information.