D ESNA School News November 22, 2011 Newsletter #1
Welcome to the 2011-2012 Dance Season!
Inside this issue: Welcome Message
The 2011-2012 DENSA School Dance season is well underway and we’re thrilled that you and your child(ren) are a part of it. Our instructors are full of great ideas and the dancers are showing improvement each week.
bit more background about the instructors working with your children.
Open House Details
We hope this newsletter gives you a bit more information about the DESNA School, our instructors and upcoming events.
Costumes will be needed for the performance, and more details about making, ordering and fundraising for costumes are on page 4.
Parent Volunteers Ukie Fit Winter Session Details
DESNA Exec & BOD
There will be an open house on December 13th – details can be found below.
If at any time you have questions, comments, suggestions or concerns, please feel free to contact Larisa at School@DESNA.ca, or 416-819-5468.
On pages 2 and 3 are instructor bios to give you a
Details about the year-end performances are currently being planned, and we’ll have more information for you soon.
DESNA School Open House On Tuesday, December 13, 2011, DESNA School will be holding a Holiday Open House. Parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and family are invited to attend and observe rehearsal. Please RSVP with the approximate
Make a Donation!
number of guests that will be attending.
bottoms, black socks & slippers
Make a donation to a DESNA.
Everyone is invited to stay after for refreshments, mixing and mingling.
Parent and Tot girls: pink body suit, pink tights, pink slippers, hair in pony tail
Receive a charitable tax receipt
Decide what the funds are to be contributed to
Corporate sponsorship opportunities available as well
Dancers should be dressed in their proper dance attire as follows: Boys: white t-shirt, black
Older Girls: navy body suit, pink tights, red slippers, hair in pony tail
Meet the Instructors The DESNA School of Ukrainian dance has instructors with a great
who they are and what they do.
deal of talent and wide variety of backgrounds. This is just a sampling of
Yuri (and Luba) Grekov, Artistic Directors Luba and Yuri have worked as artistic directors of the RUSALKA Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
Ensemble in Thunder Bay. They
workshops Luba and Yuri Grekov are graduates and dancers of the Virsky National Academy of Dance in Kyiv, Ukraine.
“Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!” ~Constanze
Canada and the USA.
2003, their mutual desire to unite
communities throughout the world lead to the creation of
the “International Summer School of Ukrainian Dance” in Kyiv, Ukraine. Luba and Yuri teach the Virsky style of Ukrainian dance, which encompasses in-depth
knowledge and conveys the spirit
Ukrainian dance. Since 1999, they
Company of Toronto.
Lesia Harhaj, I nstructor National Ballet of Canada,
dance and perform, she also
background rooted in ballet, Ukrainian dance.
She has completed
ballet examinations at the
competitions and performed
children the art of movement
throughout the world.
Lesia has a strong dance
responsibility as a teacher to
performances have included
performances at the Toronto
Ukrainian Festival, for Royal
through fun and creative
Ukrainian Heritage Day, and
Ukraine, and Korea. Although
I do this
foster growth, and
participation in teamwork.” to
Larisa Makuch, Assistant, Ukie Fit I nstructor & School Adm inistrator
For more than 15 years, Larisa has been teaching and choreographing and Swing dance.
Ukrainian She has
worked with students from
across Saskatchewan, Alberta
fitness, improving posture,
and Ontario. She has danced
toured throughout the US,
Drawing on her background
Canada, Brazil and Ukraine.
in movement, Pilates and
Currently, Larisa is a fully
Ukrainian dance, Larisa has
certified Pilates Instructor &
created Ukie-Fit, a fusion of
Teacher Trainer. She teaches
group classes as well as
Ukrainian dance designed to
privates, and her clientele
give participants afresh, fun
range from three years to
and effective work-out.
Dr. Yuriy Pawluk, Assistant amateur, semi professional
companies throughout North
and professional groups
America, and France. He has
including Vesnianka, Kaniv,
created many memories and
Ukrainian Festival Dance
friendships along the way.
Company, Baida, Bulava,
Yuriy is excited to have his
The Kozaks, and currently
Yuriy has been dancing for more years than many of us can remember! He has been involved in a number of
youngest daughter Katya
If there is an opportunity to
School of Ukrainian dance
perform anywhere, whether
and even more excited to
local or abroad, Yuriy is the
share his passion of
first one to sign up. He has
Ukrainian dance with her.
dance with the DESNA
toured with a number of
Beth Yarzab, P arent & Tot I nstructor
Beth is an adult and child movement teaching
classes to adults and kids as
well as personal training
Today, as a certified Fitness
Personal Trainer, Beth helps
Beth spent her childhood in
mothers to lose weight, build
Ukrainian, ballet, tap and
strength and learn to love
jazz dance lessons. She has
their bodies â€“ stretch marks
She is excited to
Ukrainian Dance Company,
share her passion for fitness
the DESNA Ukrainian Dance
and dance while encouraging
parents to be active role
International Summer School
models for and with their
of Ukrainian Dance in Kyiv.
Calling all Parent Volunteers! Dear Parents, We are in the process of preparing costumes for the year end performance. Although we have some pieces available to the DESNA School, we will need to add additional pieces and order others. We will be looking for help from you in two main ways: (1) Sewing / making adjustments to the costumes we have available to us (2) Fundraising for costumes that need to be ordered.
Ukrainian Dance Company Box 15, Station P, 704 Spadina Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S6
Fundraising can come from a variety of sources, including fundraising events, charitable donations to the DESNA Ukrainian Dance Company of Toronto or even corporate sponsorship. Last, but not least, we are also looking for a corporate sponsor to fund T-Shirts for the dancers. If you have any specific fundraising ideas or sources of funding for costumes or the tshirts, please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you,
Larisa Makuch School Administrator
Ukie-Fit Session Starting in January Ukie Fit is an adult fitness class that bends Pilates, Dance Conditioning, Cardio and Ukrainian dance that’s not only fun, but offers an effective work-out.
It’s perfect for busy parents / adults, and also current dancers looking to build strength and endurance as well. The next 8-week session will be offered from Jan 10
to Feb 27, 2012 Tuesday nights at 7:30pm. 8 classes: $96 ($12/class) 5 classes: $75 ($15/class) Drop-In: $20/class To register, please e-mail School@DESNA.ca.
DESNA Company Executive Team President Taras Pawluk C – 416.819.5468 firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President Alexander Czoli H – 416-253-7252 C – 416-904-3818 email@example.com
Treasurer Roksana Masliak H – 416.621.7623 C – 647.505.7623 firstname.lastname@example.org m
Artistic Director Luba & Yuri Grekov H – 905.303.6561 C – 416.953-7074 email@example.com om
Secretary Anna Yashkina C – 416-902-5676 firstname.lastname@example.org
School Administrator Larisa Makuch B – 416-738-4110 C – 519-990-7221 Larisa@LarisaMakuch.com