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Announcement!

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.

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