Our Big Day in Kyiv


Today was our first full day in Kyiv. We all woke up bright and early and had a wonderful breakfast in the hotel restaurant. You could tell each dancer was so excited and anticipating the big day ahead of us. We took a bus to a dance studio in the city and were greeted outside by Mykola’s longtime friend and former schoolmate, Michael Zavarzin.

We were all in awe walking through the building knowing what was coming next. Before we knew it, we were crammed into a tiny room to do barre and warm up. After we finished we walked into the theater where we again met with Michael. We got on stage and began the workshop. Michael did not know very much (if any) English, so we were very lucky to have Mykola, Stephan and a few other dancers translate for us.

The workshop started with a Pryvit combination to Virsky’s famous music. I would be lying if I said I didn’t get a little teary eyed taking those first steps on the stage. Next we learned a Hopak combination, a folklore combination (often performed after planting potatoes Michael would tell us) and then a Spring dance.

The four hours went by so quickly. It felt so great being on stage living out my passion for Ukrainian dance with my second family. I am looking forward to many more workshops, to performing our dances for the Ukrainian people and to all the adventures and memories that this tour will bring!

 – Stacia Dolynchuk


  • Baba May 18, 2013

    Wonderful article and picture! Warms the heart. Keep up the good work Cheremosh. So proud of all of you. Lots of love, Baba & Dido Koziak

  • Vlodko Boychuk May 19, 2013

    Молодці хлопці та дівчата!

    Wow! Thanks for posting this picture and your article, Stacia.
    What a truly remarkable experience for all Cheremosh Dancers!
    Pass along a huge “Привіт!” (Hello!) to Marcus Karpoff from me! :-)

  • Scott Reid May 19, 2013

    Thanks for the great article and picture. Best wishes to the entire Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company. Enjoy this unique opportunity to showcase your amazing talent and build upon our strong relationship between Canada and Ukraine. We hope you bring back many fond and long lasting memories.

    Scott Reid & Family

  • Lois Olley May 19, 2013

    I am so proud of my niece Kaylen a dancer with the troupe performing in Ukraine. I wish I could be there to witness the concerts and be in the country my grand-parents were born. Thanks for posting this blog. I’m sure I would grow tears if I was there.