Shumka aspires to be a leading performing arts company, recognized in Canada and beyond for its artistic excellence in dance performance and education.


Shumka exists to present, promote, preserve and develop Canadian-Ukrainian inspired dance as a leader in the performing arts community.


Shumka creates a broad scope of original dance works built upon the foundations of:

  • The Canadian and Ukrainian life experiences of its artists;
  • The rich heritage of the Ukrainian folk culture.

Shumka achieves its mission by:


Expressing the human experience through the lens of Canadian-Ukrainian dance.


Sharing our love of this art form with our fellow citizens of the world.


Respecting the origins of traditional Ukrainian culture, while integrating the Canadian experience, and melding that with contemporary expectations in order to make it relevant to today’s audiences.


Creating a centre of excellence in dance education to prepare the next generation of citizens and Canadian dancers in the Ukrainian art form.


Collaborating with other arts groups in Edmonton, in Canada and internationally.