Staff Reporter –NewsAdvertiser.com
Edmonton’s internationally acclaimed Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company participated in the European Championship of Folklore July 8-18, 2011 in Nessebar, Bulgaria.
Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company was the only representative from North America, and they took home the Grand Prix “Golden Orpheus” plaque and title Absolute European Champion of Folklore for 2011. Company Artistic Director Mykola Kanevets also got an award; a diploma for Maestro Academic.
Cheremosh dancer Marcus Karpoff announced on the Cheremosh blog following Cheremosh’s win, “This tour has been an experience that I would never trade for anything. To be able to arrive in a country and be able to put smiles on the audience’s faces has made the work leading to this tour worth it.”
“It felt great to be recognized for the work that we have done. As I look back I am forced to see all of our successes and failures,” he continued. “The award that we received is a testament to all the work that these people have done. It is thanks to everyone that we are able to look back and remember the energy, the emotion, the passion that is – Cheremosh.
The European Association of Folklore Festivals (EAFF) was established in 2001 in the ancient capital of Bulgaria – Veliko Tarnovo. “Its purpose is to preserve, develop and make popular the folklore of the different European nations by organizing festival and using the modern television, computer and other information technologies,” stated a press release sent out by Cheremosh Promotions Director Nina Karpoff.