Festival to showcase Ukrainian dance

By Geoff Lee

April 28, 2016 12:00 AM

If you plan to attend the 11th annual Ukrainian Dancing on the Border Festival this weekend pack, your sunglasses.
More than 700 brightly costumed dancers representing 26 clubs from Alberta and Saskatchewan will take to the stage at Vic Juba Theatre starting Friday at 9 a.m. to Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Malanka Ukrainian Dancers from Lloydminster are sending a colourful force of 44 dancers and an army of family volunteers to run and organize the event. “It’s a festival, so the kids compete and they are adjudicated,” said Renee Hammer the local club president.
The festival— the club’s major fundraiser of the year —is about demonstrating Ukrainian folk dances with different costumes representing different regions in Ukraine.
“It allows us to demonstrate the type of dance steps that are done in regions throughout Ukraine so kids learn what costumes and styles of dance match each region,” said instructor Derek Armstrong, who teaches kids age 3 to 11 at the club’s new location at 4720 - 50th St. equipped with a 40 by 25 ft. dance floor.

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