Sadok moves to new digs

Sadok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble is now based at the City Dance studio.

Andrea Malysh (left) and Heather Stranks celebrate the Sadok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble’s move to Vernon’s City Dance studio.

Andrea Malysh (left) and Heather Stranks celebrate the Sadok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble’s move to Vernon’s City Dance studio.

The Sadok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble has a new home.

The Vernon-based dance troupe, which celebrates its Ukrainian-Canadian heritage and culture through movement, drama and colourful costumes, is now based at the City Dance Studio owned by Heather Stranks and Jens Goerner.

Both professional dance instructors, choreographers and performers in their own right, Stranks and Goerner’s studio offers Sadok a professional dance space and room for their culture classes.

“We are very pleased that Sadok has chosen to call City Dance home,” said Stranks. “We love the fact that we have different ethnic dance styles at the studio and we hope they are with us for many years to come.”

Sadok is preparing for a number of upcoming Christmas performances, including an exciting afternoon at the Enderby Drill Hall Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.

The public is welcome to come and share in the excitement of Sadok’s newest repertoire choreographed by Malysh.

Through her 30 years of Ukrainian folk dance and ethnographic studies, Malysh has had the privilege to work with other professional instructors and regional experts in Canada, Australia and Ukraine.

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

“Sadok invites all to an afternoon of dance, drama and Ukrainian spirit as they celebrate the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada (1891 – 2016),” said Malysh, adding “Sadok would also like to thank the Vernon Elks Lodge #45 for providing them with a wonderful home for seven years. The community support provided Sadok with space to practise two nights a week.”