There are a great many Ukrainian dance schools in Winnipeg and the surrounding area that contribute to the talent pool of dancers that eventually make it to the semi-professional level and represent Canadian Ukrainian culture.
Rusalka UNF, Rozmai, Troyanda, Zaverukha, Sopilka, Zoloto, Selo, Romanetz, and Kazka to name a few. Others have come and gone over the decades. There are too many amazing instructors to list but each of them has contributed enormously to the development of the art form as well as the students they inspired.
No matter where you dance, you would start class with some cardio exercises and stretches to prepare your muscles for the workout ahead followed by classical ballet exercises to strengthen your body and add maturity to your movements. Also, some character dance exercises would give you the sharpness and attitude required to portray the various regions. Then, you would train to perfect specific Ukrainian dance steps.
Historically, you would learn dances from the Poltava and Hutsul regions first, which is a legacy from the Avramenko era. But over time, as Ukraine opened up, more information became available through workshops and videos and more instructors came to Canada. Consequently, other regions and styles were introduced. Today’s dancers can explore a wide variety of regions at any age.
Throughout many years of instruction, students would learn more regional dances and advanced steps, tricks, and turns. The footwork would become more complex and the patterns on the stage even more intricate. Ukrainian dance is so diverse and multifaceted that one could spend a lifetime studying its nuances.