Shumka's Nutcracker

"Clara's Dream"

presented by Northgate Industries Ltd.   Sid and Nellie Braaksma

About the Show

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The Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, Canada’s only professional Ukrainian dance company, presents full-length, dance-theatre touring productions, as well as intimate concert repertoire across the country and around the world. Along with Alberta Ballet and Edmonton Opera, Shumka is honoured to be a resident company of the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.


More than 56 years of performance history has shaped Shumka’s signature music and dance style. While maintaining deep respect for their heritage, Shumka continually challenges conventional boundaries in order to define the experience of Ukrainian dance in the context of today’s society. 


Shumka effectively stands for Ukrainian dancing; over the years the terms have become interchangeable if not synonymous. …  [Shumka] has not only achieved its original vision but also embraced a mandate of developing the art form in Canada and internationally. - The Dance Current


Shumka achieves its mission by expressing the human experience through the lens of Canadian-Ukrainian dance, sharing its love of the art form with citizens of the world, creating a centre of excellence in dance education to prepare the next generation of Canadian dancers in the art form, and collaborating with other arts groups in Edmonton, in Canada and internationally.


Shumka – as an organization – inspires young dancers and artists who have continued to culturally and artistically stand the test of time. They use dance to bring meaning and beauty to the lives of those who are fortunate enough to experience their performances. They define what the arts are all about. – Dame Julie Andrews


The Shumka School of Dance trains over 200 young dancers using North America’s only syllabus for Ukrainian dance, plus contemporary movement and RAD ballet instruction. Shumka is now based in the Shumka Dance Centre nestled between the Ice District and Brewery District of Edmonton.


Shumka is grateful for financial support from Western Economic Diversification Canada / Government of Canada, Alberta Foundation for the Arts / Province of Alberta, Edmonton Arts Council / City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Shevchenko Foundation, and its many donors.

Northgate Industries
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Shevchenko Foundation
City of Edmonton
Edmonton Arts Council
Lexus of Edmonton
Global Edmonton
World FM
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