Ukrainian clubs to dance through Border City

By Kassidy Christensen

March 23, 2017 12:00 AM

The Lloydminster Ukrainian Cultural Association/Malanka Dancers will be hosting the 12th annual Lloydminster Ukrainian Dancing on the Border Festival this weekend.
Through March 24 to 26, dancers of all ages from five-year-olds to adults will be performing Ukrainian dances at the Vic Juba Community Theatre.
Shelly Yacey, festival coordinator, said clubs from all across Alberta and Saskatchewan will be travelling to the Border City to perform.
From Yorkton, Sask. to Edmonton, Alta., Yacey said, groups from areas such as Saskatoon, North Battleford, St. Paul, Bonnyville and Vermilion, among others, will be attending the festival.
“We have about 600 dancers coming in this year with 340 entries out of 22 clubs,” Yacey said, adding the number of people who come to watch the performances is at least a couple thousand.
The festival will host 100 per cent Ukrainian dancing throughout the weekend and a few vendors, Yacey said.
The festival has drawn attendees from various areas over the years due to the host facility, the Vic Juba Community Theatre.
“They (attendees) love the facility, it’s one of the best facilities to host a festival … you can see the dancers on stage from any angle within the facility … just absolutely everything about the facility is great. That’s why we pull in such a large crowd,” Yacey said.
The Ukrainian Dancing on the Border Festival started 12 years ago by Chris Armstrong and Cindy Holowaychuk, Yacey said, and at the time there weren’t a lot of festival to go to.
“Now you pretty much you have your choice between March and the end of April of a festival, if not two festivals, per weekend. Festivals are extremely popular now,” she said.
One aspect of the festival, Yacey explained, is it brings in a lot of club alumni to volunteer throughout the weekend.
“So that our festival runs like a well-oiled machine,” she said.
The festival runs Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10 per day, or a weekend pass can be purchased for $25.

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