Shumka aims to continue to expand its reach and work in the community on an ongoing basis. How can we engage with those who are interested in what we do, outside of performances and special events?

Relevant community outreach and educational programs are increasingly important to our organization, and our new facility provides the infrastructure to expand in this area of our operations.

Seniors Can Shumka has been a success since it began in 2016, offering seniors an opportunity to enjoy Ukrainian music and movement in a weekly program of fun and fitness. Snacks and socializing follow, and the seniors finish the program by learning and performing their own dance. All levels of mobility are accepted and accommodated.

Our Shumka-Fit program is a fitness class open to the general public. A one-hour weekly program uses Ukrainian music as the backdrop to a stretching and aerobics-focused class.

Our newest program called Dance for Me, is an adaptive creative dance class for children with physical or developmental challenges. With the mission that “everyone needs the chance to dance,” students can engage and explore in a safe and supported studio environment as they develop movement and musicality.

With numerous requests for programming for schools, we have created the Whirlwind Discovery in-studio program. The three-hour visit for classrooms includes a facility tour, exploration of the costume department, a meet and greet with professional Shumka Dancers, lessons in barre work and Ukrainian dance steps, and nutritious snacks. A Study Guide is included as part of the discovery package and includes numerous in-classroom activities that build on the field trip experience. Curricular ties include fitness, Ukrainian culture and immigration, celebrating differences, understanding Canada’s diversity, and team and partner work.