The Rusalka UNF School of Dance strives to provide quality Ukrainian dance instruction as part of the Rusalka Ukrainian dance family. Students are taught following the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Syllabus, a program of instruction designed to instill solid fundamentals of dance and foster a lifelong love of the art form. Students’ progress through the school to eventually be prepared to audition for a performing ensemble. To help foster this growth, current Rusalka dancers will join the students throughout the year during their regular class to provide feedback and to inspire our students as they learn about Ukrainian dance. Also, students will be provided with numerous performance opportunities throughout the year, including the opportunity to attend festivals both in the city and beyond.
Creative Movement: Ages 4-5
Creative Movement is the program for our youngest dancers. Children in this class will be introduced to general kinetic movements to enhance the development of coordination and balance. Students will be introduced to rhythm and basic formations and understanding of the stage.
Creative Movement Dance Fee: $300.00 (plus $45.00 costume rental fee)
Beginner: Ages 6-7
Our Beginner students will be introduced to basic ballet exercises and movements used in Ukrainian dance. Further development on rhythm patterns will occur. Dancers will learn about spacing and be introduced to formation transitions. They will also be introduced to portraying a character on stage. Community performances may be available.
Beginner Dance Fee: $300.00 (plus $45.00 costume rental fee)
Junior: Ages 8-9
Students in our Junior program are continuing to build on the skills learned in the Beginner level. Fun and exciting dances will be taught. Dancers will be exposed to additional regions and styles of Ukrainian dance. Community performances will be available and there may be the opportunity to attend Festivals.
Junior Dance Fee: $325.00 (plus $45.00 costume rental fee)
Intermediate: Ages 10-11
Intermediate students will be challenged by beginning to develop solos and tricks. The dancers will explore more advanced choreography and regions. Developing and encouraging confidence on stage will be emphasized with performance opportunities and festivals.
Intermediate Dance Fee: $350.00 (plus $50.00 costume rental fee)
Zorya: Ages 12-13
The dancers of Zorya will continue their development through additional choreography representing various regions in Ukraine. This class will be expected to carry several dances in their repertoire. Further progression and proficiency of dance technique, a focus on artistic expression, and the development of solos will occur.
Zorya Dance Fee: $400.00 (plus $50.00 costume rental fee)
Druzi: Adult Recreational Ukrainian Dance Class Ages 18+
This one-hour class will offer a relaxed but challenging environment. Participants will enjoy exercise, music, fun and friendship while sharing in and exploring the love and education of traditional Ukrainian folk-dance steps and choreography. Opportunity to perform in year-end recital. No experience required!
Adult Recreational Dance Fee: $400.00 (plus $50.00 costume rental fee)
Junior Rusalka: Ages 14+, Audition only
Junior Rusalka is the senior performing ensemble of the Rusalka UNF School of Dance. This auditioned group performs regularly throughout the year. This group is designed for those dancers who are dedicated and passionate about taking the next step in their Ukrainian dance journey focusing on the development of their technique and artistic presentation. Students in this class learn choreography from multiple regions of Ukraine and explore different styles and emotions of dance. Focus is placed in three areas: strong ballet and character technique, mastery of solos, and performance quality. Students will be prepared and encouraged to audition for Rusalka. This class serves as a springboard to the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.
Junior Rusalka Dance Fee: $500.00 (plus $55.00 costume rental fee)
Rusalka UNF School of Dance Logo Credit: Ivanka Waplak, Rusalka Alumni