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Sonia’s School of Ukrainian Dance Prepares for Year End Showcase

by Shanine Sealey

Sonia’s School of Ukrainian Dance (SSUD) will be hosting their year-end showcase on May 13th at the Warman Home Centre Communiplex at 1pm. This event will highlight 21 numbers from all 30 of the dancers who hail from Warman, Martensville, Osler, Dundurn, Saskatoon and surrounding areas. There will also be performances by special guests Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble, who the Sonia’s School of Dance instructors are alumni of and where many of the graduating dancers move on to once they graduate from Sonia’s.

“Proceeds from the 50/50 sale at our showcase will be going to Ukrainian Patriot, a group of Ukrainians and internationals working tirelessly to aid volunteers defending Ukraine and civilians caught in the crossfire,” Melanie Reeder of SSUD, stated.

This year marks the 41st year that SSUD has been sharing Ukrainian dance and culture with children and adults. “With the instructor team of Sonya Horner, Christina Hnatiuk, and Adam Breckner, SSUD dancers showcase their talent at multiple festivals, Folkfest, Ukrainian Day in the Park, Vesna, and local events. SSUD places a high priority on developing various skills and techniques, which challenges our dancers to achieve the highest level of performance. We strive to showcase and promote traditional Ukrainian dance from different regions of Ukraine, and create a fun, educational and family-friendly environment that harnesses the spirit and culture of Ukrainian dance,” Reeder explained.

SSUD offers dance opportunities for all ages, starting as young as three years old and all the way up to 90. Dancers meet on Thursday evenings in Warman with registration for the fall season opening up in June. More information can be found on Facebook, Instagram and online at www.ssud.weebly.com.

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