PRESIDENT : DONNA WHITTON
VICE PRESIDENT : VITA KURYLO
TREASURER : VINCE GAMRACY
SECRETARY : CONNIE BLACKBURN
Dean bega n his journey of Ukrainian dance in rural Manitoba with the Oakburn Teren and
Russell Yachminka dancers. He studied classical and character ballet at the Wade Dance
Centre. Dean began instructing when he created the Vinok Ukrainian Dance Group in his
hometown of Rossburn in 2001.
Having moved to Alberta in 2005, Dean is an alumnus of both, the Lethbridge Troyanda
Ukrainian Dancers and Calgary’s Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Dean joined Tryzub
2006 and continues to be actively involved in this dance organization.
In addition to teaching Ukrainian dance workshops across western Cananda, Dean has
also done musical theatre choreography with the Front Row Centre Players, for their
productions of Fiddler on the Roof & Chess, earning him a Calgary Theatre choreography
award in 2009.
Dean’s performances include: dancing with Canada’s National Riding & Dancing Cossacks
of Dauphin for Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival in 2004, touring in New York and
Las Vegas with the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble in 2008, and participating inRazom: A Fusion of Ukrainian Dance in 2009 alongside 100 other performers from
Ukrainian dance groups of Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg.
Dean has instructed with the Tryzub School of Ukrainian Dance since 2007 and, since 2010,
has been serving as their current School Director, guiding and planning the future
direction of Tryuzb School.
Dean is also a Resident Artist of the Epcor Centre for Performing Arts in Calgary and
provides Ukrainian cultural workshops to people of all ages wanting to discover a love for
Since 2009, Dean has been the Artistic Director for the Ensemble of the Lethbridge
Troyanda Ukrainian Dancers. While expanding the horizons of the Ensemble, Dean’s
leadership has resulted in joint collaborations with the University of Lethbridge Fine
Arts Department, the Calgary Ukrainian Festival, and most recently, the Lethbridge
Symphony Orchestra & Vox Musicia in 2013 where seven new choreographic creations
were premiered. Dean’s dynamic style of choreography combines traditional Ukrainian
steps with influences from other dance forms creating a contemporary fusion that
focuses on energy & passion from his dancers.
Anastasia began dancing with Mary Falconer’s Ballet program in 1992. Anastasia’s love of
music and dance have continued throughout the many ballet performances presented by
the University of Lethbridge Dance Program, culminating in the role of the Sugar Plum
Fairy in Tchaikowsky’s Nutcracker in 2008.
In 2005 & 2008 Anastasia attended the International Summer School of Ukrainian Dance at
Kyiv’s National Institute of Culture & Fine Arts to train and study alongside the Virsky
National Folk Dance Company of Ukraine.
Also in 2008, Anastasia attended the summer dance program offered by Alberta Ballet in
Being one of the founding members of the Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Club of Lethbridge
in 1994, Anastasia began instructing in Troyanda in 2002. Since this time, she has served
initially as an assistant instructor before becoming Troyanda’s lead instructor in 2009.
Anastasia continues to pass on her love and knowledge of Ukrainian dance to her
students, in addition to performing as a member of the Troyanda Ensemble with
highlights including Globalfest, the Calgary Ukrainian Festival, and Troyanda’s
collaboration with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra in May 2013.
Dance is a passion for Anastasia and she fills her leisure time with ballet, jazz, and
Ukrainian dance. In addition to having completed a degree in Political Sciences, Anastasia
is currently continuing her education with a degree in Women & Gender Studies at the
University of Lethbridge. She continues to take ballet classes and is a member of the
University of Lethbridge Dance Team, attending competitions in Calgary and Edmonton
this past year. Anastasia enjoys each group of dancers she is able to teach and train.
She is grateful to the Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Club for giving her the opportunity to
instruct and thanks the dancers and parents for their continued commitment and support.