Archive for May, 2013

Meeting Family in Lviv


My sister, Lauren, and I were very excited to get to Lviv on this tour – even if it was after an overnight train ride that was a little bumpy. We were going to meet our relatives there. We had never met them before, except for a brief Skype conversation, but they sent me some photos so I would know who to look for. Read more…

My Ukraine Experience


Wow…where to begin? Saying this is “the tour of a lifetime” or “the best experience of my life” isn’t enough. We just finished our final performance and we’re all on such a high! The atmosphere right now is amazing…I LOVE each and every person in my second family :)
The joyful tears on stage following our final hopak was such a special moment I will never forget. Tears seems to be a common theme throughout this tour. Read more…

Ivano-Frankivsk: Learning the Hutsulia Style and Family Rendezvous


Wednesday, May 22, 2013
After the late night drive to Ivano-Frankivsk from L’viv, the best way to start the day was with a big cup of coffee at the beautiful Hotel Nadia. It was quite exciting to be heading to the first of our region specific workshops planned on our road trip!
At the Hutsulia Song and Dance Ensemble’s studio, we were welcomed by their director Ivan Koroliuk and another dancer named Luba who would lead us through the workshop. Read more…

Cheremosh Tour Recap May 19 – 22


The last few days have been a whirlwind for Cheremosh, with some dancers totalling 15 hours of sleep in the last three nights. Today most of the Cheremosh dancers finally got to sleep in and rest, for almost the first time since the start of the trip. Read more…