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DESNA Ukrainian Dance Company of Toronto July 2011

DESNA Announces New School The DESNA Ukrainian Dance Company of Toronto is pleased to kick off its 37th season with a school for the youth of Toronto. Fostering growth, education and culture is the foundation of DESNA and the company wishes to share its vision with the future generation. There’s nothing more rewarding than to give children a setting where they can develop as individuals and discover their traditional culture. It is the goal of the DESNA School to provide a safe, positive and fun environment in which young dancers can learn and step up to a higher level of Ukrainian dance technique.

Why DESNA School of Dance? Ukrainian dance is a great way for kids (and adults) to get in touch with their culture. It’s also an opportunity to:  Spark interest in Ukrainian culture and feel Ukrainian Pride  Build confidence and instill discipline  Step up to the next level of Ukrainian Dance under qualified,

high caliber, Virsky style instructors  Perform on stage  Diversify and boost abilities with international dance and

character techniques  Build friendships and create memories that will last a lifetime  Take adult classes alongside your child!

We are now accepting registrations for DESNA School To register your child or yourself with the DESNA School of Ukrainian Dance, please call Larisa or Taras at 416-819-5468 or e-mail for details and registration forms. Luba and Yuri Grekov, Artistic Directors of DESNA Ukrainian Dance Company and School

If you would like to hire DESNA to perform at a private or corporate function, please e-mail or

“Every rehearsal and performance in DESNA presents a fun challenge. It tests your limits and teaches you to endure. At the end of it, you walk out disciplined, accomplished and confident – ready to discover new possibilities.”

contact Taras at 416-819-5468 to inquire.

-- Lina Berezovska, DESNA member.

DESNA 2011 Winter and Spring Highlights Recent Highlights and Events • Vinok Workshop: Ladies of DESNA met several times this spring to refresh and re-design their Vinky for Hopak. They cut ribbons and arranged the flowers. End result – a floral display of unique designs and a hands-on experience of making Vinky! • Pier 21 Event: On the shore of Halifax sits the Pier 21 in Atlantic waters. After WWII, this dock witnessed many numbers of Ukrainian immigrants sailing into Nova Scotia. To honour the Ukrainian men and women who disembarked at Pier 21, the League of Ukrainian Canadian Women (LUCW) held a fundraising event ion April 30th. DESNA was fortunate to be invited by LUCW to the evening and excite the crowd with the company’s Canadian Country Dance. • Guest Performers for the Shevchenko Musical Ensemble: This year, DESNA had two opportunities to perform for the Shevchenko Musical Ensemble, a local orchestra and folk choir. At the Ensemble’s annual concert this May, DESNA premiered the South African Miner’s dance.

Toronto Ukrainian Dance Intensive Bringing Ukrainian Dancers Together In June of 2011, DESNA hosted the 2011 Toronto Ukrainian Dance Intensive, a two day workshop instructed by Merited Artist of Ukraine, and ballet master of the Virsky National Ukrainian Dance Company in Kiev, Vasyl Kolomeiets. Dancers from Toronto, Windsor and even the USA gathered at the Ballet Jorgen Studios located at George Brown College’s Casa Loma Campus.

• Annual Malanka: Every year, DESNA hosts an annual Ukrainian New Year’s Celebration with local sports association, S.A. Ukraina. In January of 2011, DESNA dazzled audiences with performances of Hutsul and Hopak. Lina Berezovska, DESNA’s secretary and a dancer was awarded the Michael Both award for outstanding contribution to DESNA. After an amazing dinner, our dancers joined guests in dancing the night away to the sounds of Nove Pokolinya. • Koliada: In the early part of every New Year, DESNA members warm up their vocal cords for Koliada so they can meet and greet families throughout Toronto with traditional Ukrainian carols. Not only is this a major fundraiser for DESNA, but it is also a memorable time for dancers, hosts and guests.

Vasyl guided dancers through a challenging Vaganova Technique ballet barre, centre floor technical combinations, turns and combinations from the corner, and several choreographic combinations. Dancers had the opportunity to improve their dance technique, learn new exercises and dance styles, and meet other Ukrainian dancers from the Toronto area and throughout North America. “It was great to work with Vasyl – he made the workshop interesting, demanding and a lot of fun. I wasn’t expecting for him to put out two chairs in the middle of the floor and ask us to spin a figure eight around them. It really was a

test of my capabilities!” Lesia Harhaj, Workshop Participant DESNA dancers pose at the Pier 21 event ready for “Canadian Country.”

DESNA in the Community Upcoming Events September 8th & 22nd – Open Rehearsals DESNA will be hosting two open rehearsals for those dancers wishing to try one of our classes. All are welcome to attend. Dance attire and footwear is required. Where: Ukrainian Cultural Centre @ 83 Christie St. Time: 6:15-9:30pm

September 15, 2011 – Golf Tournament Where: Royal Woodbine Golf Club (95 Galaxy Blvd., Toronto, ON) Tickets: $160.00 to play

September 16, 17 & 18, 2011 – Toronto Ukrainian Festival

Ukrainian Skate Night On March 26, 2011, DESNA hosted a Ukrainian Skate Night. It was a great way to say “good-bye” to winter and exclaim “hello” to many friends and families who attended the free event. There was plenty of hot chocolate to keep the spirits warm. Smiles and skates zoomed on ice to sweet sounds of Ukrainian zabava and pop well into the night!

DESNA will be participating in the parade as well as performing on the main stage. More details about the festival can be found at

January 6, 7 & 8, 2012 – Koliada Where: Your House in the GTA Please Note: As we will be caroling at several locations throughout the city, days and times must be pre-arranged in advance. Please call to book yours today! Tax receipts will be issued for donations exceeding $20.00.

Toronto Premiere of “Folk!” Finding Our Roots in Red Dancing Boots

January 21, 2012 – Malanka Where: Renaissance by the Creek (3045 Southcreek Rd., Mississauga, ON)

“Folk!” is a documentary film that explores the unique underground and acrobatic world of Ukrainian Folk Dancing through the eyes of narrator and filmmaker Roxy Toporowych.

For more information about any of these events, to purchase tickets, or to book DESNA for Koliada, please e-mail or call Taras at 416-819-5468.

The DESNA Ukrainian Dance Company along with Narodny Dim and Kontakt sponsored and coordinated the first screening of this 8-year project in Toronto at the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles in February of 2011. The theatre was sold out 20 minutes prior to the film started and the screening received an enthusiastic response from the audience. Director, Roxy Toporowych attended the screening and had a question and answer session immediately following the show. The evening continued with drinks and dinner at S.A. Ukraina, where Roxy was available to mix and mingle with show attendees.

Roxy Toporowych, Director of “Folk!” at the Toronto Premiere

Become a DESNA Sponsor DESNA Needs Your Help DESNA is a non-profit, charitable organization that is dedicated to the advancement and perpetuation of the spirit of Ukrainian dance and artistic culture as a whole within Canada’s ethnically diverse cultural mosaic. To hold to our vision in the coming year, we are seeking funding for the following items: - New Costumes: Bukovynian, Volyn, Gypsy, Vesnianka and Hopak - Choreography of new dances - Mirrors and barres for rehearsals - Revising and updating our website - Upcoming tour expenses - General operating expenses If you would like to help sponsor us financially or by donating your valuable time, please e-mail Tax receipts will be issued for all monetary donations exceeding $20.00, and many thanks will be granted for your time. Registered Charitable Organization # 11922 9755 RR0001

As a nonprofit, charitable organization, DESNA relies on the donations from many organizations and individuals such as yourself to help maintain operations and carry through the vision 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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