The Shumka School of Dance
Inspiring Dancers

Established in 1989, Shumka School provides Ukrainian, Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) Ballet, Contemporary Dance, and Shumka-style training to students from three years of age and up. Offering Canada’s only Ukrainian dance curriculum, dancers move through progressive levels of training, choreography and performance opportunities under high-level instruction. Its popular Junior Instructor Program also trains future faculty. Shumka School of Dance is a warm and welcoming place to learn the art and skill of Ukrainian dance. Students showcase work in two annual recitals at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and dance festivals around the provinces. Performing for the public introduces young people to the world of theatre production and helps build teamwork and self-confidence. The primary goal of Shumka School is to engage young people from all ethnic backgrounds in the performing arts. Whether a child’s interest in dance is purely recreational or based on a desire to reach a professional level, Shumka School gives students a strong foundation upon which to build skills. The School promotes active and healthy life styles and often serves as a career development tool for dance teachers and choreographers. The programming is based on Shumka’s Syllabus for Ukrainian Dance, which provides a structured, incremental curriculum for the learning of Ukrainian dance much like the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus does for ballet.


We aspire to be a leading performing arts school, recognized for our commitment to creating and presenting Ukrainian dance that is traditionally accurate, superbly entertaining, and recognizably Shumka.


Shumka School of Dance exists to nurture well-rounded, ballet-trained Ukrainian dancers with high levels of performance. We offer a curriculum-based program centered around providing opportunities for children, youth, and young adults to grow and discover themselves.

Shumka School students at all age levels have opportunities to participate and perform in Shumka productions like KOBZAR and CLARA’S DREAM.