Academy Program

The Academy Program at the Cheremosh School of Dance are Chumak I (ages 8-10), Chumak II (ages 11-13) and Cheremshyna (ages 14+), held at the Beverly Studio in Edmonton. These programs offer a training program that is more in-depth and exposes dancers to more styles and regions of Ukrainian dance. These programs are led by world-renowned Artistic Director Mykola Kanevets and Assistant Instructors well-versed in Cheremosh’s style. These programs practice two times each week and the dancers have many performance and festival opportunities throughout the year.

A high level of commitment and self-motivation, as well as a love of dance, is required to meet this program’s high standards. We accept dancers into the Academy Programs through a audition process in June and September each year. The Academy Program is aimed at providing dancers with the skills and experience to audition for the Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company and many dancers over the years have successfully joined the Company after graduating our Academy Program. No costume purchases are required and only one fundraising volunteer commitment is required.

Chumak (Ages 8 to 13)

At the Chumak I and Chumak II level dancers continue to enhance their skills while working under the instruction of Mykola Kanevets. Since their beginning in 1984, the dancers in these groups (aged 8-13 years) have become an integral part of the Cheremosh family.
Through Chumak I and Chumak II, Cheremosh’s tradition of excellence and love of Ukrainian dance is passed on to future generations. Parents and audiences are amazed at the extraordinary skill level of these young dancers.

Chumak I Classes (Ages 8-10)
North Beverly Studio
Tuesdays and Fridays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

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Chumak II Classes (Ages 11-13)
North Beverly Studio
Tuesdays, 7:30pm – 9:00pm and
Fridays, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

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Cheremshyna Ukrainian Dance Ensemble (ages 14+)

As the senior performing ensemble in the Cheremosh School of Dance, Cheremshyna is comprised of dancers aged approximately 14 and up. Under the direction of Mykola Kanevets, Cheremshyna dancers have developed a prominent place in the Ukrainian dance community, delighting audiences with a skill and professionalism far beyond that often expected of a junior group. The level of instruction that the dancers receive challenges them to the highest level of excellence and discipline; many dancers make the transition from a dancer to a high level performer in this ensemble.

Cheremshyna dancers spend six hours per week in rehearsal. To the dancers, Cheremshyna is a sense of pride and an exciting time in the development of their dance technique and artistry. To Cheremosh, Cheremshyna is a promise of the future. For dancers wishing to join the Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company, Cheremshyna is a perfect place to start.

Cheremshyna performs at many public festivals, events, private functions, Society events and most summers they go on a 5-10 day tour. Their summer tours have taken them to places such as Banff, AB; Penticton, BC; Winnipeg, MB; and as far as Aberdeen, Scotland.

Cheremshyna Classes
North Beverly Studio
Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

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Academy dancers are strongly encouraged to participate in the ballet enrichment classes being offered during the week.