Deep within each dancer burns a passion to showcase the
of Ukrainian Dance
For over 55 years, Rusalka has been capturing the imagination of audiences around the world, with its often fiery, always colourful presentation of Ukrainian dance.
Built on a foundation of discipline, devotion and camaraderie, Rusalka has become an integral part of the Winnipeg arts community...
Inspired by ancient Ukrainian folklore, Rusalka's founder, Peter Hladun, brought together a group of promising young dancers in October 1962.
Since then, generations of dancers have helped develop Rusalka into one of the most exciting and enticing Ukrainian dance ensembles in Canada...
The Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Andriy Demeshchuk will be a guest instructor for the ensemble for the next 8 weeks.
Andriy joins Rusalka to share his extensive 18-year dance training after having been a full-time cast member, principal dancer and soloist with the Virsky National Dance Company in Ukraine. Andriy has performed on many stages around the world and has visited Canada as a ballet dancer and to give workshops across the country. He has also shared his passion for dance and worked with groups in Argentina and Brazil. After his retirement from Virsky, he held the position of Lead Artistic Director at ‘Barvinok’, the Kyiv Children’s School of Ukrainian Dance, where he created new concert ideas, premieres, and prepared children to ultimately one day join the Virsky Ensemble. He was awarded the title of Honorary Artist of Ukraine by the president of Ukraine in 2006. In 2012, he founded the Khoroshky Dance Studio. He currently manages the studio and instructs traditional Ukrainian choreography including classical ballet, multicultural ethnic choreography and tailored stretch classes for different ages.
Andriy is convinced that promoting Ukrainian dance culture outside of Ukraine is his mission and the true meaning of his life.
We are extremely excited that our ensemble members will have this amazing opportunity to work with and learn from Andriy.
Under the artistic direction and management of Rusalka, dancers at Rusalka UNF School of Dance will learn from some of the strongest and most talented dancers in our province