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Happy Holidays from DESNA January 2011

Artistic Directors Luba & Yuri Grekov

Executive & Board of Directors 2010-2011 President: Alex Czoli Vice-President: Taras Pawluk Treasurer: Roksana Masliak Secretary: Lina Berezovska Promotion: Larisa Makuch Wardrobe: Anna Yashkina Fundraising: Kathryn Gavrylec Fundraising: Yuriy Pawluk Membership: Matthew Moskaluk Membership: Stephanie Woloshyn

DESNA – A Message from the President! It is my distinct pleasure and privilege to serve as one of DESNA’s executive directors. It is exciting to be part of a group that is forward-thinking and moving, performing for audiences of all cultures throughout North America and abroad for over 35 years! Our success is a joint effort of every member. I want

to thank everyone who, in one way or another, has contributed their time and effort to the group. I also thank our sponsors and advertisers for their generosity and continued support. On behalf of DESNA, I would like to wish you and your loved ones all the best in 2011! - Alex Czoli, President of DESNA

Join us for DESNA & S.A. Ukraina’s Annual Malanka Upcoming Events: Jan 22: Malanka Jan 30: Guest Performers for Shevchenko Ensemble (Columbus Centre) Feb: FOLK! Ukrainian Dance Documentary Feature March: Pub Night April: Alumni ‘Mixer’ May: Dance Workshop June: Schmooze Cruise June: Dance Mob

DESNA members and alumni are pulling out their dancing boots and stilettos for DESNA’s annual Malanka, co-hosted with Sports Association Ukraina. We’d love for you and your friends to join us in celebrating the New Year! Come and enjoy DESNA’s dazzling performance, an amazing dinner and a zabava that will have you dance the night away to live music by Nove Pokolinya. Please call 416-893-6475 for more information. Tickets (singles or tables of eight) may be purchased at 75 Six Points Rd., Toronto, or from a DESNA member. WHERE: RENAISSANCE by the Creek 3045 Southcreek Rd., Mississauga, ON WHEN: Jan. 22, 2011@ 5:30 p.m.

DESNA Highlights DESNA Hosts 35th Anniversary Zabava The DESNA Ukrainian Dance Company of Toronto hosted its 35th Anniversary Gala titled “Then & Now” at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre of Toronto in early June, 2010. Guests embarked on a journey with Ukraine’s regional dances, songs and traditional food.

Guests and alumni had the chance to mingle with DESNA dancers. Old and new generations of the company celebrated the group’s rich history. “The Company is proud to be able to perform and honor all of the alumni from its inception and through the years, weaving a spectacular tapestry known as DESNA,” Taras Pawluk said.

“The evening was a milestone where All proceeds from the 35th anniversary the past meets the present,” said Taras went into funding DESNA’s trip to San Pawluk, former president of DESNA. Diego.

DESNA Performs in San Diego The Toronto spirit of Ukrainian dance warmed up the windy pacific coast with DESNA’s cultural trip to San Diego, California over the 2010 Labour Day weekend. The group delivered a full-scale show for the San Diego House of Ukraine’s 50th Anniversary. Ukrainian-American community members arrived in hundreds from San Diego, Phoenix, Arizona and Los Angeles to attend DESNA’s concert preformed together with the virtuoso violinist Vasyl Popadiuk, and bandura players Andriy Kytasty and Luke Miller at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre on September 4.

DESNA performed twelve numbers depicting different regions of Ukraine. The pieces told stories of Ukraine’s noble spirit and diverse cultural heritage through colorful costumes, drama, passion and humor. The next day the celebrations shifted to Balboa Park where the House of Ukraine, a cultural museum, oversaw DESNA’s second performance. Under the warm sun and in the shade of trees, more than one thousand people with diverse backgrounds had a moment to breathe in DESNA’s exhilarating jumps, flips and turns.

Other Featured Events and Performances • • •

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Koliada 2010 Malanka 2010 Joint Performance with Shevechenko Ensemble @ Columbus Centre and Annual Concert Chinese Festival Celebration 50 Best Managed Corporate Companies

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UCC on Richview Rochester Ukrainian Festival Numerous Weddings and Private Functions Hosted 2 Pub Nights Toronto Ukrainian Festival 2010 (Performed for the 14th Consecutive Year & Won best non-commercial Float in the Parade)

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DESNA Highlights

DESNA & Narodny Dim Present “FOLK” this February

Artistic Directors

The DESNA Ukrainian Dance Company of Toronto, along with the city’s Narodny Dim will be presenting a screening of “Folk!” This is a documentary about Ukrainian Dance in North America and how many have found their roots in their red dancing boots. All are welcome to attend. A trailer to the show may be found at

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Executive & Board of Directors 2010-2011

WHEN: Sat. Feb. 26, 2011 @ 4:00 p.m. WHERE: Revue Cinema 400 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto

President: Alex Czoli Vice-President: Taras Pawluk Treasurer: Roksana Masliak Secretary: Lina Berezovska Promotion: Larisa Makuch Wardrobe: Anna Yashkina Fundraising: Kathryn Gavrylec Fundraising: Yuriy Pawluk The Art of Ukrainian Folk Dance Membership: Matthew Moskaluk By The Epoch Times Membership: Stephanie TORONTO—The sound of violins, Woloshyn

For more information and to reserve your ticket in advance, please contact

DESNA in the News

guitars, and voices swept through the traditional rain at the annual Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival last Saturday (Sept. 18, 2010). Each September on the corner of Bloor St. and Jane St., an audience gathers with blue, yellow and black umbrellas to take in the wet performers on stage. The festival injects Ukrainian performing groups with both excitement and anxiety. The amount of work and effort that artists and dancers pour into the festival reflects their respect for their Ukrainian roots. Once the music stops, the stage lights dim and the crowd dissolves, Bloor and Jane are left in the cold to reminisce until next year. For lovers of different cultures and those who value Canada’s unique cultural diversity, Ukrainian folk dancing offers a remedy for the dull

autumn chill hailing the beginning of winter. A bouquet of international dance Regardless of age, ethnicity or gender, DESNA has taught the art of Ukrainian folk dance for over 35 years. What makes the company unique is the teaching style and the way classes are approached. “DESNA is an international dance company, and we deliver international dance choreography,” said Yuri Grekov, one of DESNA’s artistic directors. Grekov and his wife Luba have taught at DESNA for over ten years. Both graduated from Ukraine's famous Virsky National Academy of Dance.

DESNA Invites YOU to attend an

Open Rehearsal

Pull quote:

“Basically it’s the travelling that are really the best of my memories.” -- Mathew Moskaluk, current Memebership Director at DESNA Please visit to read the rest of the article.

Th. Jan 13, 2011 Th. Feb. 3, 2011 @ 6:30 pm 83 Christie St., Toronto

Hire DESNA The DESNA Ukrainian Dance Company of Toronto Box 15, Station P, 704 Spadina Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S7 Charitable No.: 11922 9755 RR001

DESNA not only performs for public events and festivals, but also for a large number of private events and functions. Consider hiring DESNA next time you want a taste of the Ukrainian culture at your Wedding, Birthday Party, Anniversary, Multicultural Event, Corporate Function, Zabava, or any other Function!

Check out DESNA on

FACEBOOK! Search for: “The DESNA Ukrainian Dance Company of Toronto” Or visit us at:

To Book DESNA for your Event, Call Taras Pawluk at 416-819-5468.

Join DESNA! Do you want to…. - Challenge yourself and take your Ukrainian Dance to a higher level with Virsky instruction at its best? - Perform throughout the GTA, across Canada and the USA? - Have FUN? Are you…. - An experienced dancer? - 14+ years of age? - Enthusiastic and committed to Ukrainian Dance? Rehearsal Details: Thursday Evenings 6:30pm – 9:15pm 83 Christie St., Toronto, ON Sunday Evenings 6:00pm – 9:30pm 406 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON

Become a DESNA Sponsor As a nonprofit, charitable organization, DESNA relies on the donations from many organizations and individuals such as yourself to help maintain operations of the company. We send our sincerest gratitude and appreciation for your support in giving DESNA dancers an opportunity to perform Ukrainian Dance and display Ukrainian Culture.

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DESNA thanks you for your generosity.

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