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  • 1. 20th Annual 2 May 2015 Clarke Foundation Theatre 33700 Prentis Avenue Mission, British Columbia $2.00
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  • 4. 4 BITAEMO! WELCOME! BCUCFS Message XРИСТОС ВОСKРЕС Welcome to the 20th Annual BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival. We are excited to celebrate our 20th year with each of you. A special thank you to the mem- bers of our Executive who have donated so much of their time, their talent and their man-hours throughout the year to prepare once again for this day. It has truly been an expression of the passion in their hearts of “Keeping Ukrainian Culture Alive” We thank those who have given of their time to volunteer for today. Please pass on your thanks to those in the red volunteer shirts! Welcome:  To the dancers who have practiced in anticipation of competing today. You bring energy, colour, and excitement to the day  To the vendors who present so many other aspects of the Ukrainian culture  To our entertainers who add to the atmosphere  To the Acting Mayor Pam Alexis and the RCMP for joining us for the Opening Ceremo- nies  To you, the audience, we hope you enjoy the show! Executive President: Nathan Nychyporuk Vice Presidents: Jason Burkin, Wally Nychyporuk Secretary: Halyna Nychyporuk Treasurer: Jonathan Kremko Festival Coordinators: Gladys Andreas Amelia Chucko Yvonne Krupa Leda Kwichak Glenna Nychyporuk Holly Russell Megan Trafananko Gordon Yakimow
  • 5. 5 Growing up in a Ukrainian farming community in Alberta, Gladys had a passion for dancing from a very young age. Alt- hough no opportunity was available for Ukrainian dancing she learned old time dancing with her parents while listening to Don Messer on the radio Saturday nights. In 1953 at Elk Island National Park, Gladys choreographed and performed the “Hopak” with three friends. As she did not have a Ukrainian costume she stitched Remembrance Day poppies to a white shirt. The loud applause they received will forever be a cherished memory as this was the only time in her life that she performed a Ukrainian dance on stage at a Ukrainian Day cele- bration. In the early 1970’s Albert and Gladys’ children Eric, Holly and Chris performed Ukrainian dancing under the tutelage of Ches- ter Kuc, father of Ukrainian dance in Alberta. Gladys and Albert were impressed with the Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin, Manitoba featuring Ukrainian culture. Soon after, a festival closer to home in Vegreville, the Pysanka Festival, so- lidified her keen interest in Ukrainian culture—especially Ukrainian dancing. The seed was planted… The interest and love of culture has carried on to the third generation as Gladys’ grandchildren continue to write Pysanky even to this day and have participated both competing and volunteering in the BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival. She is very proud of her linage and hopes they continue their keen interest in her vision of “Keeping Ukrainian Culture Alive”. They moved to the coast in 1987 continuing to attend the annual Festival in Vegreville. On the way home from the Vegreville Pysanka Festival in 1995, she posed a question to her husband and said, “Albert, why does British Co- lumbia not have a Ukrainian Festival like Dauphin or Vegreville”? Gladys and Albert could not imagine how many hearts would be touched by their vision. Each year she is filled with great joy, and tears still come to her eyes as she enjoys the smiles of those 5 to 25 year olds holding their medals, as well as the happiness on the faces of the parents and grandparents. This is truly heartwarming for her. Gladys would like to thank each and every volunteer, the BCUCFS executives, dancers & families, business’s who donate to the event, and everyone who has continued to support the BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival and most im- portantly, her family’s support for the last twenty years. Her devotion to “Keeping Ukrainian Culture Alive” goes well beyond the BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival. She also volunteers for numerous other Ukrainian organizations that have honoured her with local and national awards. Cur- rently she is coordinating a project to showcase “125 Years of Ukrainians in Canada”. This exhibit will be on display at the Surrey Museum from February to June 2016. Chris Andreas: Chris started Ukrainian dancing when he was 4½ years old and continued dancing for about 7 years. In Grade 10 he took Ukrainian language classes as it was offered for the first time in Ed- monton’s public school system. He has been a volunteer at the BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival for several years. Chris’ favourite thing about his Ukrainian heritage would definitely be the enjoyment of a BIG plate of perogies with sour cream and being able to celebrate Christmas twice each year— especially as Christopher (Chris) was born Christmas Day. He is honoured to accompany his mother on this memorable day. Both he and Gladys remember Albert and all his contributions to the inception of this Festival as well as the work has occurred as it evolved to this day. Hospodar and Hospodynia Gladys Andreas and son Chris Andreas
  • 6. 6 Adjudicator Introducing Doug Rachinski Douglas Rachinski Douglas Rachinski began his Ukrainian dance train- ing at the age of 10, and joined the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers in 1985. In the ‘Whirlwind’, Mr. Rachinski danced under the guidance of Artistic Di- rector John Pichlyk along with others, including Vic- tor Litvinov (Kiev Ballet), Brian Webb (Brian Webb Dance Company), Hanne Livingstone (Edmonton Festival Ballet), and Anya Smeets (Bolshoi Ballet). Mr. Rachinski’s Shumka career is highlighted by 3 Canadian tours (1987, 1991 & 1995), Pacific North- west tour (1996) and an historic tour of Ukraine and Moscow in 1990. Doug served in the Company’s debut position of Artistic Coordinator (1993 - 94), and performed leading roles in 1991 (Traveling Chumaky), 1995-96 (Night of Perun), and 2001 (Shumka’s Cinderella.) In addition to instructional work in local dance troupes, including Edmonton’s Dunai Dance En- semble (Artistic Director, 1989 - 92), Mr. Rachinski directed the Shumka School of Dance (1992 – 95) and opened Dance Unlimited, a multi-disciplinary dance school in 1995. He spent subse- quent years also authoring Syllabus for Ukrainian Dance, a Ukrainian character and ballet training program for students aged 6 years & over and continues to conduct instructor work- shops and student examinations in this program. Mr. Rachinski’s dance studies include: Ukrainian/character (Pavlo Virsky State Dance En- semble studio, Glen Spey, New York and other workshops); ballet (Dance Alberta, Edmonton School of Ballet, Ballet North Summer School); and modern (Grant MacEwan Community College.) Mr. Rachinski’s dancer credits also include the 1999 and 2000 Eastern Canadian & American tours of “The Nutcracker” (a collaboration of Kiev Ballet and Ukrainian Shumka Dancers), the Brian Webb Dance Company 2000 presentation of “Sacred Time”, the 2008 International Leonard Cohen Festival and Cohen Nights 2009. Mr. Rachinski has instructed students toward numerous awards including overalls in 5678 Showtime Regional & National events, Dance Power Edmonton, as well as the Cheremosh, Vermillion, Lloydminster & Veeteretz Ukrainian Dance Festivals. Douglas is also a recipient of an Alberta Foundation for the Arts commissioning grant for choreography (2002) and past AFA jury member (2009). Douglas holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (with Distinction) in Recreation Administration (University of Alberta, 1988) and lives with his wife Roxanne and two children, Rhett and Ma- rina in Edmonton.
  • 7. 7 Scholarship Winners This year BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival Society is pleased to offer $1,000 in scholarships. The purpose of the scholarship program is:  To promote our mandate of “Keeping Ukrainian Culture Alive”  To foster participation and engagement in activities which further Ukrainian culture  To provide financial assistance to experience Ukrainian culture The Scholarship Committee reviewed the applicants and are pleased to announce that three people have been awarded scholarship monies. Congratulations to the recipients: Meara Holubowich, Sylvie Ellis and Kennedy Ellis. Donors to the Scholarship Fund BC Ukrainian Cultural Society—$1,000.00 Thank you to the following: Bill & Amelia Chucko $ 75.00 Norm & Mary Hildrum $ 25.00 Chris & Erin Schwarz $ 75.00 Olga Waverick $ 25.00 Helen & Peter Ward $ 75.00 Olga Frostad $ 20.00 Roy & Helen Aldham $ 50.00 Evan Sanyshyn & James Atebe $ 50.00 Rosemarie Patterson $ 20.00 Keith & Shirley Kasper $ 50.00 Nadia Schula $ 20.00 Leda Kwichuk $ 50.00 Andrew Wepruk & Sam & Marian McDowell $ 50.00 Jeannie $ 20.00 Wally & Glenna Nychyporuk $ 50.00 Anonymous $ 20.00 Lilia Johnson $ 40.00 Anonymous $ 20.00 Myron & Rhonda Kremko $ 40.00 Eugene Yemchuk $ 15.00 Sophie Deley $ 30.00 Anonymous $ 5.00 Alexandra Gardener $ 25.00 Gladys Andreas $ 150.00
  • 8. 8 Welcome to our Musical Guests Ukrainian Prairie Band The Ukrainian Prairie Band is indeed honoured to entertain at the annual B C Ukraini- an Cultural Festival. They continue to concentrate on the preservation of their heritage via traditional Ukrainian music. The band entertains at the monthly dances held at the OAP Hall in Aldergrove. They enjoy the opportunity to play at Senior Residences in the area as well entertaining at house concerts. This summer they will be participating at the 50th Anniversary of “Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival” in Dauphin Manitoba. They are pleased and honoured to be a part of this 20th Annual outstanding cultural event.
  • 9. 9 Welcome to our Musical Guests Mike Sanyshyn Mike Sanyshyn is one of Canada's finest fiddlers. He is in demand as a session and touring musician, instruc- tor and Recording Artist. A master of many fiddle styles specializing in Ca- nadian Oldtime, Country, Celtic, Blue- grass, Metis, Swing and European. Mike has been awarded the CCMA and BCCMA Fiddler of the Year, 4 times BC Fiddle Champion and placed in the top 3 at the prestigious Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championships. Mike is a 3rd generation fiddler. He began playing fiddle at the age of 8 years old and with 30 years’ experi- ence he has performed throughout Canada, United States and Japan. There are 3 instrumental CD's to his credit:  Back To Tradition  Fiddleville  Christmas Swing A Book of Original Fiddle Music was published by his own company Shyndig Music. Mike is a member of Deric Ruttan's touring band performing live on the Canadian Country Music Awards and at numerous notable festivals across this country. Mike will be joined with guitarist extraordinaire Craig McGregor. Craig is a talented musician, performer, composer and guitar instructor from Vancouver, BC. www.mikesanyshyn.com
  • 10. 10 Vendor and Display Tables BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival Society: Surrey, BC  T-shirts, poppyseed rolls, kobassa Camp St. Volodymyr: Vancouver, BC  Ukrainian Catholic Summer Camp Josie's Joys: Victoria, BC  Ukrainian cross stitch, dolls, egg supplies and instructions, other Ukrainian souvenirs Kelowna Kozak: Kelowna, BC  Ukrainian embroidered t-shirts and jackets Kvitka Ukrainian School of Dance: Surrey, BC  Sell tickets to Kvitka 25th Anniversary Gala event L-Eggant Creations: Chilliwack, BC  Decorated eggs for all occasions—from baby’s birth egg to anniversary eggs, Christ- mas to Easter, traditional pysanky to drop-pull to scratch eggs, beaded and jeweled— quail, chicken, duck, goose or emu egg. Lyn Tretiak: Coquitlam, BC  Original artwork prints, books, cards, calendars of Ukrainian theme Marusia Designs: Richmond, BC  Hand decorated Ukrainian dancer sugar cookies “Hutzul, Poltava and Babas” Solaway Travel Ltd: Burnaby, BC  Travel information and gift items from Ukraine Ukrainian Club of Abbotsford: Abbotsford, BC  Cookbooks, ceramics, embroidery, Pysanky supplies, aprons, ceramics Ukrainian Folk Arts: Surrey, BC  Easter eggs, books, dyes Wheat Weaving Wonders: Edmonton, Alberta  Wheat straw weavings of wreaths, hearts, favours and crosses  Instruction on simple weaves Zaruba Beads, Happy Sheep: New Westminster, BC  Floral hats, unique beadwork, embroidered fashions, accessories
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  • 12. 12 Competition Trophies Andreas Founders Trophy  Presented to the group with the highest mark in the Hopak (national dance of Ukraine) category. BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival Society Trophy  Presented to the group with the highest mark for a dance in the Pryvit (Welcome dance) category. Boris & Savelia Stasiuk Family Trophy  Presented to the group with the highest mark for a dance from the Volyn Region, excluding Hopak and Pryvit. Dr. Josef Oleskow Trophy  Presented to the group with the highest mark in an Adult category. Fraser Valley Ukrainian Cultural Society Trophy  Presented to the Mixed Group, ages 14 and under, with the highest mark. Gordon Yakimow Trophy  Presented to the group with five or more performers, having an average age ten years or under, which scores the highest mark irrespective of the region of the dance. Harry & Annie Michaluk Memorial Trophy  Presented to the Mixed Group with the highest mark for a dance from the Hutsul Region. Isidore & Anne Goresky Memorial Trophy  Presented to a group with the highest mark in a dance from the Transcarpathian Region. Lark Consultants International Trophy  Presented for the highest mark in the Boys Group, ages 11 and up. Peter Arychuk Memorial Trophy  Presented to the group with the highest mark for a dance from the Bukovenian Region, excluding Hopak and Pryvit. Sam & Martha Lebedovich Trophy  Presented to the group with the highest mark for a dance from the Poltava Region, excluding Hopak and Pryvit. Sergiy Minenok Memorial Trophy  Presented for the highest mark for a dance from the Polissian Region. Tropak Ukrainian Dance Theatre Trophy  Presented for the highest mark for a Character Dance. Ukrainian Club of Abbotsford Association Trophy  Presented to the highest mark in a Girls Group, ages 10 and under. Ukrainian Self-Reliance Association (TYC), Surrey Branch Trophy  Presented for the highest mark in Boys Group, ages 10 and under. Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada, Ohla Kobylianska, Surrey Branch Trophy  Presented for the highest mark in Girls Group for a dance from the Poltava Region.
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  • 18. 18 Thank you to our Sponsors: BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival Society Star 98.3 Country 107.1 Hampton Inn by Hilton - Chilliwack
  • 19. 19 2015 Competitors Welcome to the instructors, dancers and their families from across the Province and from Seattle, Washington to the 20th Annual BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival. Association of United Ukrainian Canadians (AUUC) Vancouver, BC For 85 years, the Vancouver Association of United Ukrainian Canadians has been an integral part of its community. Serving the whole of the Lower Mainland, its diversity and spirit flourish even as it maintains second, third and fourth generation members of the AUUC. The School of Dance and the Dovbush Dancers benefit from the cultural investments of our national organization, with conferences and work- shops designed to stimulate the creativity and planning necessary for the preservation and growth of Ukrainian culture. The School and Dovbush are both very active in the Lower Mainland, performing at events that reflect the dynamic and modern multicultural experience of Vancouver. The AUUC is also host to many superb artistic endeavours featuring their own dancers as well as the Barvinok Choir and the Vancouver Folk Orchestra as well as high-profile and talented guest artists. The AUUC School of Dance provides classical and character ballet training for children 3-16 years who can then advance to the Dovbush Dancers. The instructors have extensive backgrounds in Ukrainian dance, ballet and modern dance, some having studied in Ukraine and others having been trained by acclaimed Ukrainian dance artists now residing in Canada. The precise and creative instruction is root- ed in a deep respect for our heritage and the authentic regional styles of Ukraine. Students acquire ex- cellent dance technique as well as a thorough appreciation of the culture and history. The vibrant artistic community of the AUUC provides the framework for the continued development of its members, both young and old. Instructors: Sophia Adehlph Gina Alpen Katherine Alpen Alexandra Beck Tatyana Beck Nicole Bizovie Joseph Bizovie Kayla Cherkas Gina Fenrick Cameron Fung Meghan Fung Nathan Fung Kailas Gawryluk Jeff Gonek Trevor Haramincic Katia Hnatiuk Lizzie Hnatiuk Paulina Hnatiuk Jake Hobbis Joey Hobbis Meara Holubowich Montana Hunter Lisa Jatskevich Danya Karras Taralyn Karras Louise Keeling Dylan Lawry Jack Lawry Sabrina Levchuk Kiera Lukomskyj Cohen Parasiuk Lily Parasiuk Caitlynn Schell Anya Sinal Egor Terekhine Chloe Vincent Desiree Vincent Marlaina Vincent Dayton Whale Gina Alpen Danya Karras Taralyn Karras Debbie Karras
  • 20. 20 Barvinok Dance Ensemble Seattle, Washington Ukrainian Dance Ensemble Barvinok formed in 2004 under the auspices of the Ukrainian Association of Washington State. Our mission is to teach authentic Ukrainian folk dances to youth for the pur- pose of maintaining a dynamic performance ensemble and to preserve and promote this rich artistic heritage. Our initial performance boasted 8 talented young dancers. Last year we cele- brated our 10 years anniversary with about 50 accomplished young dancers led by talented and dedicated instructors. Their love of this national art, their talent with passionate expertise and dedication for Ukrainian dance authenticity informs and inspires the students to excel with their performances, we know you will enjoy. Instructors: Brad Jacula Yulia Dudyshyn Sofia Drogomiretskiy Leeza Shadyrya Oleksiy Buchynskyy Pavlo Buchynskyy Yuriy Burtak Lyudmula Buriy Olha Buriy Volodymyr Buriy Svyatoslav Derevyanyy Nataliya Datskiv Vadym Drozdenko Vladimir Drozdenko Olga Dudyshyn Victoriya Dudyshyn Adrian Fita Veronika Fita Solomea Khtey Zhanna Knodratyuk Mark Kovalenko Sofia Kovalenko Grygoriy Lozynskyy Vladimir Makarenko George Matusevych Maya Matusevych Sophia Martynovych Michael Nezhivoy Viktoria Paslavska Ostap Pylypenko Taras Pylypenko Anna Rzhiskaya Olesya Rzhisky Yana Rzhiskaya Mykola Soroka Diana Storozh Mariia Suslykova Anna Svyatenka Aleksandr Svyatenkiy Mathew Telyatinskiy Olena Tkach Oksana Tymkiv Ivan Voloshchuk Mykhaylo Zelenyak Nataliya Zhurakovska
  • 21. 21 Dolyna Ukrainian Dancers of the Comox Valley Comox Valley, BC This family-oriented dance group began over 30 years ago with the formation of the Comox Valley Ukrainian Cultural Society. From a small beginning of just a few dancers, the group this year has 36 dancers. Classes are offered to children as young as 4 years of age through to young adults. We are an inclusionary group, welcoming dancers of all abilities and backgrounds. Alt- hough many of our dancers are of Ukrainian heritage, many more are not. What they all share is the love of the music, the costumes, and the energy of Ukrainian dance. The group fosters a real sense of family and community for each dancer. Every dancer, no matter the age, loves the opportunity to perform throughout the year at local community events, private functions and various festivals around the Comox Valley. The dancers perform at several events hosted by the Cultural Society such as the always-popular Perogy Night and Malanka. Dolyna Dancers are thrilled to again be a part of this year's Festival. Thank you to all of the volunteers that continue to bring this Festival to the community. Instructors: Janette Martin-Lutzer Carri
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