By Marianne Curtis
On June 3, the Susykka Ukrainian Dance Club in Vita celebrated the end of their thirty-second dance season with a recital for parents and fans alike.
This year’s recital celebrated a year of change and success for the group. Earlier in the season, club president Larissa Bodz stepped down after years of dedicated leadership to the group. Under the direction of new president Tannis Nickel the club has bounced back and had a very successful season.
Michelle Thibodeau, spokesperson for the club explains that this year was one of growth for the group.
“It was quite a shock to everyone when Larissa moved up north late last year, but we have all worked really hard to not only maintain our level of quality, but tried to grow this past year,” Thibodeau stated. “To that extent, new custom made costumes were ordered from the Ukraine, all dancers invested in new footwear for the year, and new dances were taught throughout the season.”
The group’s success was evident when the troupe recently represented the region at the annual Veselka Ukrainian Festival which took place May 25 and 26 in Teulon. Every dancer came home with a gold medal.
“Our intermediate girls group performed the Poliska Polka, the senior girls danced the Dvodensivka and the beginner class did their Musyky dance with flutes and tambourines,” explained Thibodeau. “All our dancers made every one so proud, and represented our community with style and grace.
With this year’s regular season of dance classes complete, the club is looking forward to a busy summer.
“Our club is dedicated to its culture and heritage and tries to promote it as much as possible throughout the whole year,” Thibodeau continued. “To that effect, we try our hardest to never turn down the opportunity to perform for people.”
Last year, over the course of the summer, dancers performed at the Gardenton Festival in July as well as Folklorama in August. This year they’ve been invited to dance at the Canada Day Festivities and several other events.
The Susykka Ukrainian Dance Club in Vita celebrated the end of their thirty-second dance season with a recital for parents and fans alike.