Principal / Instructor / Camp Supervisor
Peter has been with the Shumka family for 18 years. He first started Ukrainian dance at the age of eight, when he entered the Shumka School of Dance and continued as a student for seven years. He is now a retired member of the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and has been an instructor with Shumka School of Dance since 2006, teaching at both the Edmonton Studios and the satellite school in Sherwood Park. In Shumka, Peter has been lucky enough to work with people like Dave Ganert, John Pichlyk, Viktor Lytvynov, Jean-Marc Généreux, and the Virsky Ukrainian National Folk Dance Ensemble of Ukraine. Since achieving full member status with the company in 2009, he has performed in many well-known Shumka performances and tours, including Clara’s Dream, the Shumka at 50 China and Canadian tours, and the remount of the Shumka classic, Travelling Chumaky as one of the lead characters. Administratively, Peter served on the Shumka artistic, standards, and executive committees for a various amount of years as well as held the position of the Shumka Costumes Director for two years.
Peter has managed the Shumka Summer Dance Camps since 2010, moving into the role of School of Dance Principal in 2013. Peter has travelled to Ukraine three times to perform and study Ukrainian dance. He likes to attend as many teaching workshops as possible, including various Ukrainian Instructor Conferences and Shumka Syllabus workshops. A highlight was teaching workshops in Salt Lake City with the International Folk Dance Ensemble at Brigham Young University in 2013. Peter has created a phone APP for Shumka and the School. In his spare time, Peter enjoys learning about graphic design and obsessing over the latest Game of Thrones episode. His strong leadership skills, along with his ability to motivate and inspire youth, will serve Shumka well as it continues in its next journey. Mr. Peter’s favourite regions of Ukraine are Zakarpattia and Central Ukraine.
R.A.D. Ballet Mistress
Tamsin Carreck first began dance classes at the age of four in Doncaster, England. She began taking exams in RAD ballet, ISTD Modern Theatre, ISTD Tap, ISTD National Dance and ISTD Imperial ballet at the age of six and performed in many dance competitions including the All England Dance competition where she received medal placing’s. As a child, Tamsin had the honour of studying under ballet masters such as Ronald Emblem, Brenda Last, and national dance expert Robert Harrold. When Tamsin turned eleven she received a scholarship from the Royal Academy of Dance to train under Louise Browne. Tamsin held this scholarship until she was sixteen when she was accepted into the three year dance pedagogy course at the Northern Ballet School, Manchester, England. There Tamsin studied ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, tap, and national dance. At the age of seventeen Tamsin received her ISTD Associate in Imperial ballet and then moved on to receive her ISTD Associates in national dance and modern theatre. While at the Northern ballet school Tamsin also studied music in relation to the dance studio, child psychology, history of dance, choreography, Laban notation, Benesh notation and anatomy at the University of Manchester. Tamsin also holds an Advanced level dance certificate with the British Board of Education, her RAD teaching certificate and RAD written exams in anatomy and history of dance. In 2014, Tamsin obtained her Tier 1 certification with Shumka’s Syllabus for Ukrainian Dance.
In 1997 Tamsin moved to Greece to teach at the Mistsi Laoudi School of Dance in Volos, one year later Tamsin moved to Canada to teach at Dancin’ Kids in Slave Lake, Alberta. Tamsin spent three years in Slave Lake where she met her husband and moved to Hinton, Alberta in 2001. Tamsin taught at the Hinton School of Dance and the Hinton Vesna Dancers for a total of twelve years. Tamsin and her family moved to the Edmonton area in 2013 where she presently teaches at Dance Unlimited, Connectivity Dance, and the Shumka School of Dance. Tamsin is looking forward to making an impact on the dance community in Edmonton!
Pre-Primary SP R.A.D.
Grade 1 R.A.D.
Grade 1 SP R.A.D.
Grade 2 R.A.D.
Grade 3 R.A.D.
Grade 5 R.A.D.
Grade 6 R.A.D.
Advanced Foundation R.A.D.
Advanced Foundation Pointe R.A.D.
Intensive Division Choreographer
Mrs. Kanevets comes from Kyiv, Ukraine, and has dedicated herself to the art of dance her entire life. In 1981, Mrs. Kanevets was accepted into the Kyiv State Institute of Culture, Faculty of Choreography, where in 1985 she graduated with Honours and received her Ballet Masters degree. Mrs. Kanevets spent eleven years in the position of dance teacher and administrator of the Faculty of Choreography, Kyiv College of Culture and was the Artistic Director of the Molodoshchy Performance Ensemble which travelled throughout Ukraine and Russia.
In 1996, Mrs. Kanevets moved to Canada, and became the Artistic Director for both the Yatran Dance Academy in Edmonton, Alberta, and the Koperoush School of Ukrainian Dance in Sherwood Park, Alberta. From 2003 to 2005, Mrs. Kanevets was Repetitor for the Volya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Edmonton, Alberta. In 2006, as Artistic Director of the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Mrs. Kanevets’ choreography was showcased in The Legend of the Rusalka in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In addition to her commitment to Ukrainian dance, she is a director of the Vaganova Dance Society in Edmonton. Currently, Mrs. Kanevets is the Artistic Director for Tryzub School and the Instructor & Choreographer for Shumka School’s Intensive Division.
JUNIOR I.D. Ukrainian Choreography
INTERMEDIATE I.D. Ukrainian Choreography
ADVANCED I.D. Ukrainian Choreography
Examiner / Instructor
Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir, Artistic Director
ARAD Teaching Diploma
AISTD Teaching Diploma, National Branch
Tasha Orysiuk is a highly respected and accomplished dance educator, choreographer and adjudicator. During her dance career she has trained extensively in various disciplines under internationally-renowned teachers and artists in Canada, the United States, England and Ukraine.
Over the years Tasha achieved her Advanced Dance Certificates in tap, ballet, jazz, modern and national dance as well as numerous other teaching credentials. She has notated the Shumka Dance Syllabus Academy’s syllabi, assisted in its development and created the Classical Ballet Instructors Manual to complement the Syllabus. Tasha has also created her own Ukrainian dance syllabi for pre-beginners and beginners. She has been awarded several choreographic awards for teaching and has adjudicated numerous festivals and competitions across western Canada.
Tasha is the Artistic Director of Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir and has been with the company since 2013. She has been instrumental in leading the artistic team in creating vibrant presentations that involve an exciting blend of Ukrainian song and dance.
In addition to her work with Viter, Tasha teaches Ukrainian dancing at Shumka School of Dance and is a Repetitor with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers. She is also an examiner and an Instructor Workshop presenter for the Shumka Dance Syllabus Academy at numerous dance schools across Canada and in the United States.
Examiner / Instructor / Costumes
Shelley began her love of dance at five years of age when she began her training at the St. Basil’s School of Dance. Later, to complement her dance training she began studying the discipline of ballet at the Edmonton School of Ballet. At the age of 14, Shelley became a charter member of the Kupalo Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. After gaining valuable training and performing experience with Kupalo she joined the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers in 1987.
With Shumka, Shelley was fortunate to train with a number of gifted instructors such John Pichlyk, Viktor Lytvynov, Mykola Kanivetz, Ihor Kozlowsky, Annya Smeetz, Hannah Livingston-Young and Brian Webb. Shelley toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States from 1987 through to 1995. Memorable performance experiences include appearances at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, Expo ’86 in Vancouver and Festival ’88 in Edmonton. Shelley was also a part of the company’s historic Ukraine Tour in 1990.
Celebrating her 26th year as a dance instructor, Shelley continues to inspire dancers young and old to embrace the spirit, fun and excitement that Ukrainian dance has to offer. Shelley has taught at a number of dance schools throughout Edmonton and Calgary including: Kupalo Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Koperoush, Strathcona County Festival Place, Shumka School of Dance, St. Basil’s School of Dance, St. John’s Dance School, St. Stephen’s Dance Program and the Tryzub School of Dance.
Shelley has also served as an adjudicator at the Ukrainian Pysanka Festival in Vegreville and the Vermillion and District Music and Dance Festival. Mrs. Shelley’s favourite regions of Ukraine are Volyn and Hutsulschyna!
Contemporary Dance / Instructor
Laurelle began training at a young age in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary/modern, musical theatre, and of course Ukrainian. She later taught various disciplines for 4 years at Dance Unlimited while also performing with Chameleon Dance Edmonton. Laurelle recently completed her studies at the University of Alberta, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2013, and is a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer. Laurelle began her affiliation with the Shumka School of Dance in 2011 when she began working at their summer dance camps, and is so excited to be teaching at Shumka School for another momentous season! Miss Laurelle’s favourite region of Ukraine is Zakarpattia!
INTERMEDIATE Contemporary Dance
ADVANCED Contemporary Dance
Grade 1 Diploma SP
Grade 2 SP
Grade 3 SP
Michael started Ukrainian dance at the age of five, where he was enrolled at the Shumka School of Dance. After many years with the school, he decided to further his training by exploring ballet and contemporary forms at Dance Unlimited and Cecchetti Dance Theatre. He has been a member of the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers since 2011, and has been an instructor with the school since 2009. Michael is a certified Tier 1 instructor of Shumka’s Syllabus for Ukrainian Dance, and loves working with all his students. In 2014, he participated in the Ukrainian Dance Instructor Conference (UDIC), where he studied ethnography and choreography from the regions of Bukovyna, Central Ukraine, Volyn, and Podillia. The Conference also included sessions on identifying regional Ukrainian folk music, teaching advanced boy’s tricks, and learning how to integrate storytelling and pantomime into Ukrainian dance.
Outside the dance studio, Michael has had the unique opportunity to be involved in other aspects of the organization. In 2015, he was the manager for Shumka Summer Dance Camps, and was the recreation coordinator for these camps two years prior. Michael also sits on Shumka’s Board of Directors and is a member of the artistic committee.
Michael is currently working on his Pharmacy degree at the University of Alberta, and is hoping to own a pharmacy one day. He is excited for a fun filled summer and is looking forward to another great year of camp!
Alyssa has been a member of the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers since 2006. She has performed across Canada, as well as internationally in Ukraine and China with Shumka. During her time in Shumka, she has been fortunate to be a part of many aspects of the organization as lead of the Shumka School committee and a member of the Artistic Committee. She has had the opportunity to work with notable choreographers such as John Pichlyk, Viktor Lytvynov, Dave Ganert, Tasha Orysiuk, Brian Webb, and Jean Marc Genereux. Some highlights of Alyssa’s dancing career in Shumka include: performing in the Kyiv Opera House in Cinderella (2007), completing 23 shows across China in Shumka at 50! (2011), performing alongside national artists of Virsky and the Kyiv Ballet in Clara’s Dream (2011-2015), performing Hopak at the Bloor Street Festival in Toronto (2014), being a part of the world premiere of KOBZAR (2016).
Alyssa started her dancing career with training in Ukrainian and ballet. Since then she has also trained in tap, jazz, and hip hop. She is an alumnus of the Shumka School of Dance and has been an instructor with the school since 2007. Alyssa’s favourite regions of Ukraine are Bukovyna and Central Ukraine! Cheers to an exciting summer ahead of us!
Kim has been teaching Ukrainian dance to students across Alberta since 1999 and has been fortunate to have a long history with both the Shumka School of Dance (SSD) and the Shumka organization. As a former dancing member of the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers she performed on stages across Canada with the productions of Cinderella, Pathways to Hopak and Shumka at 50. Over the course of her teaching career she has provide skilled training and instruction to a variety of community dance organizations, SSD and the Viter Ukrainian Dancers. Kim brings an enthusiasm not only for Ukrainian dance and culture but also for the art of instruction and teaching. She is passionate about creating a learning environment that encourages all of her students to achieve their goals both inside the studio and on the stage. In her 15 years of teaching, Kim has worked with students of all ages and dance abilities and is skilled in delivery choreography and the Shumka Syllabus in a fun and energizing way. She brings this philosophy to each and every one of her classes:
Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
—St. Francis of Assissi
When she isn’t at the studio you can usually find Kim working in her garden, playing with her young family or facilitating conversations on controversial, emotional or complex topics or issues. Mrs. Kim’s favourite regions of Ukraine are Polissia and Zakarpattia.
Originally from Prince George British Columbia, Brenden danced with the Yalenka Ukrainian Dancers where he eventually began teaching the intermediate group. Following the advice and encouragement of an instructor who is a Shumka alumnist, he moved to Edmonton in 2011 for his chance to dance with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers. Brenden also continued teaching Ukrainian dance in Alberta and started out in the towns of Glendon and Athabasca. He currently teaches in a total of three places including Glendon, Thorhild, and Shumka School in Edmonton. In 2014, he participated in the 2014 Ukrainian Dance Instructor Conference (UDIC), where he studied ethnography and choreography from the regions of Bukovyna, Central Ukraine, Volyn, and Podillia. The Conference also included sessions on identifying regional Ukrainian folk music, teaching advanced boy’s tricks, and learning how to integrate storytelling and pantomime into Ukrainian dance. Mr. Brenden’s favourite regions of Ukraine are Hutsulschyna and Central Ukraine, and his favourite dance is Hopak!
JUNIOR I.D. Ukrainian Choreography
INTERMEDIATE I.D. Ukrainian Choreography
ADVANCED I.D. Ukrainian Choreography
Kelsey started her dance career at the age of three in Radway, Alberta. She danced with several dance clubs throughout rural Alberta including Radway, Redwater and Thorhild before joining Volya Studio at the age of 12. After spending three years with Volya Studio, Kelsey joined the Nadiya Dance Ensemble under the direction of Bohdan and Svitlana Tkaschishyn. During the 10 years she danced with Nadiya she toured Ukraine twice and had the honour of performing for government dignitaries in Kiev’s Opera House during celebrations for Ukraine’s 10th year of independence. In her quest to continue to grow as a dancer Kelsey joined the Volya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble under the direction of Zhenia Bahri in 2010. One of Kelsey’s highlights during her time with Volya was going on tour through the Azores Islands of Portugal.
After spending 20 years as a dancer Kelsey wanted to give back and share her love of dance by teaching children and adults’ Ukrainian dance. For the past eight years she has been teaching dance at Ukrainian dance schools throughout Edmonton and surrounding areas. She also taught a weeklong, intensive dance workshop in Cleveland Ohio for two summers. Outside of the Ukrainian dance community Kelsey loves to try new challenges some of her accomplishments include competing in Fitness with the Alberta Bodybuilding Association in 2011 where she placed first in the Fitness Short category and received the best fitness routine award. She was also a member of the Edmonton Crush dance team and the Edmonton Energy dance team where the styles of dance she performed included video dance, hip hop, jazz and disco.
Kelsey’s credentials include graduating from Victoria Performing Arts School, completing Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the Shumka Syllabus for Ukrainian Dance, and being a certified Zumba and group fitness instructor. She has also traveled through Ukraine to take workshops taught by the most renowned Choreographers in their respective regions. Kelsey is always looking for new ways to keep the Ukrainian culture alive and interesting while developing as a dancer and instructor. Mrs. Kelsey’s favourite region is Zakarpattia!
Paul’s passion and energy for Ukrainian dance began at an early age and continues to be a major part of his life. Paul teaches Ukrainian dance throughout the province of Alberta; adjudicates dance festivals throughout Western Canada; and has been a guest choreographer for dance ensembles in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario. He is excited to return to teaching at Shumka School of Dance and share his passion for Ukrainian dance and culture with his students.
Paul is a graduate of the Edmonton School of Ballet’s Pre-Professional Dance Training Program and a certified teacher under the Shumka Dance Syllabus Academy. He holds a BFA honours degree from York University, specializing in dance, and a Master of Arts degree, specializing in Ukrainian folklore, from the University of Alberta.
Paul travels annually to Ukraine researching folklore, folk dance and attend workshops, including four summer courses at the International Summer School of Dance in the Kyiv University of Culture and Virsky Studio. Since 2010, Paul has been involved in Ukrainian Dance World’s annual Ukrainian Dance Workshop Tour. This Tour provides the opportunity for dancers and instructors throughout North America to travel to Ukraine and take workshops with dance masters, professional regional ensembles, children’s ensembles and village dance groups.
In his dance career with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, he has performed throughout Canada and China with various productions, including Shumka’s Cinderella, Absolute Shumka, Travelling Chumaky, Shumka at 50 and Clara’s Dream (collaboration with Virsky and Kyiv Ballet). Paul continues his work with Shumka as a part of their artistic team. Mr. Paul’s favourite region of Ukraine is Hutsulschyna!
Stephan is always excited to share his passion for Ukrainian-Canadian folk dance and culture with his students. He started dancing at age 6, and danced with Viter Ukrainian Dancers between 2006-08. After leaving Viter, he went on to dance with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers (2008-2015), with whom he toured internationally and across Canada.
As an instructor, Stephan has taught at the Shumka School of Dance, and has worked at various summer camps as well. He is excited to take the next step in his teaching career by joining the amazing and wonderfully talented Viter team. Stephan graduated from the University of Alberta with a biology degree, and works as an in-home consultant with Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton. He is an avid traveller, reader, and musician.
Katrusia has an enthusiastic passion for Ukrainian dance, a passion that sparked at the age of three. She grew up through the Shumka School of Dance, danced in Viter for 3 years, and is now in her eighth year with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers. Katrusia began teaching Ukrainian dance at Veerneest; since then, she has grown a true love for teaching dance, and has taught several classes at the Shumka School of Dance and at SSD summer camp. She brings a wide variety of performance experience to the Shumka family, including 12 years of competitive figure skating and a strong background in music and drama. Outside of her love for performing, Katrusia has a Bachelor of Science with Distinction and is currently in her second year studying Medicine at the University of Alberta. She is very excited to be onboard the SSD train, and hopes to both challenge and inspire her students!
Kathy began dancing at the early age of 4 in the disciplines of Ballet, Jazz and Ukrainian Dance, and eventually tap, contemporary dance and theatre. Kathy travelled to Ukraine on several occasions to study from some of Ukraine’s masters. She is a certified Shumka Syllabus Instructor, and also attended the Grant MacEwan Professional Dance Program. After attending the Professional Dance Program at Grant MacEwan Community College, Kathy continued her post secondary studies at The University of Alberta to attain a Bachelor of Education Degree. When Kathy joined Shumka, she was fortunate to perform in various productions including; a lead character role in the production of: “Shumka’s Cinderella”, the step-sister, and a lead character role in the production of: “Absolutely Shumka”, the young cobbler’s daughter Katrusia in the show “Katrusia”. Beyond the dance studio Kathy contributed to Shumka’s Artistic Team, choreographed and has taught with Shumka School since 1992, worked as a Camp Instructor with Shumka Camps and taught Ukrainian dance for various dance schools in Edmonton and area. Currently, Kathy is working at St. Martin School in the Ukrainian Bilingual Program as their Learning Coach. She is also a proud mom of 3 beautiful children.
INTERMEDIATE BOYS Tricks & Solos
INTERMEDIATE GIRLS Tricks & Solos
ADVANCED BOYS Tricks & Solos
ADVANCED GIRLS Tricks & Solos
Michael V. Sulyma
Michael acquired his Ukrainian dance training at Shumka School of Dance after which he went on to dance with the Viter Ukrainian Dancers. He is currently a proud member of the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers. Michael has also studied various other dance styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, modern, hip-hop, and musical theatre at places such as Broadway Dance Center (New York), Pineapple Studios (London), Laban Conservatoire (London), National Opera of Ukraine with Viktor Lytvynov (Kyiv), as well as classes and workshops within Edmonton. Awards include: Outstanding Male Dancer of the Scona Dance Co. (2012, 2013, 2014), City of Edmonton CAPPIE Critic Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer (2013, 2014) Michael is currently enrolled at the University of Alberta pursuing a degree in business which he wishes to one day use in the production of dance and theatre both locally and internationally. This is Michael’s first year teaching at the Shumka School of Dance and he is excited to work with the students and share the beauty that dance and theatre have to offer. Mr. Michael’s favourite regions of Ukraine are Bukovyna, Zakarpattia, Hutsulschyna, and Pokuttia!
Our JUNIOR INSTRUCTOR program provides senior-level Shumka School students and Shumka dancers opportunities to teach one or more classes under the supervision, training, and mentoring of a qualified and experienced lead instructor or instructors.
Junior Instructor / Assistant
Junior Instructor / Assistant
Junior Instructor / Assistant