Peter EelesPrincipal / Instructor / Camp Supervisor
Peter has been with the Shumka family for 19 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 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 many years as well as held the position of 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.
Grade 1D / 2C
Grade 1D SP
Grade 2C / 2D SP
Grade 3 SP
Grade 5 SP
Tamsin CarreckR.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 Shumka School of Dance.
Grade 1 R.A.D.
Grade 2 R.A.D.
Grade 3 R.A.D.
Grade 3/4 R.A.D.
Grade 5 R.A.D. [W]
Grade 5 R.A.D. [SAT]
Intermediate R.A.D. [W]
Intermediate R.A.D. [SAT]
Advanced Foundation R.A.D. [W]
Intermediate Pointe R.A.D.
Advanced Foundation Pointe R.A.D.
Anna KanevetsIntensive Division
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 master’s 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. From 2006 to 2016, Mrs. Kanevets was the Artistic Director of the Tryzub School of Ukrainian Dance, and most recently, in 2017, moved into the position of Dance Director of the Viter Ukrainian Dancers & Folk Choir.
Intermediate 1 Intensive Division
Intermediate 2 Intensive Division
Advanced 1 Intensive Division
Advanced 2 Intensive Division
Tasha OrysiukExaminer / Instructor / Creative Director, Ukrainian Shumka Dancers
Tasha Orysiuk is a highly respected and accomplished dance educator, adjudicator and choreographer in Canada, having trained extensively in various disciplines under internationally-renowned artists in Canada, the United States, England, and Ukraine during her dance career. Over the years, Tasha achieved her Advanced Dance Certificates in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and national dancing, in addition to holding numerous other teaching credentials which make her a highly sought-after instructor, examiner and adjudicator.
Tasha is recognized for her work in the development and notation of the Shumka Dance Syllabus Academy’s syllabi and complementary Classical Ballet Instructors Manual. Tasha has also created her own Ukrainian dance syllabi for pre-beginners and beginners. Throughout her career, Tasha has adjudicated at numerous festivals and competitions across Western Canada, while also receiving several choreographic accolades for her work as an educator.
As a resident of Toronto, Tasha toured internationally with the Arkan Dance Company, before embarking on a period of study at the Institute of Ukrainian Folk Dance in Lviv, Ukraine. She moved to Edmonton, joining the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers in 1996, and had the opportunity to tour nationally with the company in the highly-acclaimed productions of Absolutely Shumka and Cinderella, in which she earned artistic acknowledgements for the latter. Another highlight of her performance career included being one of 14 Shumka dancers selected to tour the Eastern United States as part of The Nutcracker – A Ballet Fantasy along with members of the Kyiv Ballet of Ukraine in 1997 and 1999.
Tasha joined the Shumka Artistic Team in 2015 as a repetiteur, working on projects including Clara’s Dream and Kobzar. She is now in the position of Creative Director for the company, along with Paul Olijnyk, with duties including dancer training, choreography, and artistic mentorship.
Paul OlijnykInstructor / Creative Director, Ukrainian Shumka Dancers
Toronto-born Paul Olijnyk began his association with Canada’s Ukrainian Shumka dancers in 2001, when he moved to Edmonton and joined the company to pursue his passion for Ukrainian dance. Since then, Paul has taught Ukrainian dance throughout the province of Alberta; adjudicates dance festivals throughout Western Canada; and has been a guest choreographer for dance ensembles in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario. He is one of the key instructors of the Shumka School of Dance where he shares his fervour for 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. In December 2017, Paul will be graduating with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta.
Paul travels annually to Ukraine researching folklore, folk dance, attends workshops and seminars, including multiple summer courses at the International Summer School of Dance in the Kyiv University of Culture and Virsky Studio. Paul’s involvement with Ukrainian Dance World’s annual Ukrainian Dance Workshop Tour has provided him with the opportunity to learn ethnographically appropriate lexicon and choreography from Ukraine’s most renowned professional regional ensembles, authentic folk ensembles and both pre-professional and amateur youth ensembles throughout each of the major ethnographic regions in Ukraine.
Throughout his career as a dance educator, Paul has been Artistic Director of the Yavir School of Ukrainian Dance (Toronto), Sopilka School of Ukrainian Dance (Vegreville), Troyanda School of Ukrainian Dance (Grande Prairie) and Muzyka Dancers (Peace River). Paul has also staged multiple dance- theatre storyline productions for young dancers.
In his dance career, Paul has performed with Yavir Ensemble (Toronto), Desna Ukrainian Dancers (Toronto), The Kozaks (Toronto) and with Canada’s National Riding and Dancing Cossacks. During his tenure with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, he has performed throughout Canada and China with various productions, including Shumka’s Cinderella, Absolutely Shumka, Travelling Chumaky, Shumka at 50 and Clara’s Dream, a collaboration with Ukraine’s Virsky and Kyiv Ballet companies. Paul has been involved with Shumka as a repetiteur and choreographer for the past 4 years and is excited to continue his work with the company as Creative Director along with Tasha Orysiuk.
Mr. Paul’s favourite region of Ukraine is Hutsulschyna!
Shelley BorowskiExaminer / Instructor
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!
Laurelle UngerContemporary Dance
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!
Annikka began her dance training at the age of 4 years old in Grande Prairie. She danced at the Grande Prairie Dancer’s Academy and Across the Floor Dance Studio where she studied ballet, modern, tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary. She also danced with Troyanda Ukrainian dancers in Grande Prairie for 9 years under the instruction of Ken Kachmar, Vincent Reese and Paul Olijnyk. At the age of 15, she left home to pursue further ballet training at the School of Alberta in Calgary, Alberta. During her time in Calgary, Annikka also danced part time with Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble under the direction of Anna and Vasyl Kanevets. From there she graduated from Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC then danced as a Trainee with Orlando Ballet, Florida, for the past two years. Annikka has completed ballet exams with distinction in RAD, Cechetti and Vagonova as well as a Shumka syllabus exam as a student with Troyanda. Annikka attended summer intensive ballet programs at the Royal Ballet School Antwerp in Belgium, American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet in New York City, The National Ballet of Canada in Toronto, Ballet West in Salt Lake City and Oklahoma City Ballet. Annikka is new member of Shumka Ukrainian Dancers and is excited to get back to her Ukrainian roots and share her love of dance on stage! She is looking forward to teaching the tricks and turns classes and sharing her knowledge and spirit with young dancers. Annikka is currently completing courses for a Personal Trainer Diploma from NAIT while dancing, teaching and working at a dance store as their pointe shoe expert.
Alyssa began 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 joined the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers as a member in 2006. She has performed internationally in Ukraine and China, as well as across Canada with the company. During her time in Shumka, she has been fortunate to be a part of many aspects of the organization as a member of the Artistic Committee and as lead of the Shumka School Committee. She has had the opportunity to work with notable people such as John Pichlyk, Viktor Lytvynov, Dave Ganert, Jean Marc Genereux, and artists of the Virsky National Folk Dance Ensemble of Ukraine. A few 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 (2011-2016), performing Hopak at the Bloor Street Festival in Toronto (2014), and being part of the world premiere of KOBZAR (2016). Miss Alyssa’s favourite region of Ukraine is Bukovyna.
Stephanie is the artistic director of Viva Dance, a contemporary company based in Edmonton. Her involvement in dance is fuelled by her passion and training in jazz, contemporary, ballet and Ukrainian dance. Viva is known for creating and presenting highly emotive yet accessible dance art with the perfect combination of athleticism and artistry. The company has performed in over 200 shows since 2012 including Fringe Festivals across Canada and the US, Western Canada Fashion Week, the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree, the City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence Awards, Women of Vision Awards, Feats Festival, Skirts Afire Festival, corporate events, and fundraisers. Stephanie has created six full length productions for the company. The CBC has awarded the company with a 5 star rating. Stephanie has donated Viva’s dance art to help raise funds and awareness for the Stollery Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Wish Foundation, the University of Alberta’s Mental Health Symposium and others.
Stephanie is the dance coordinator for the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. Along with choreographing and casting dancers, she also performs in this prestigious show. Stephanie was part of the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers as a dancer, choreographer and artistic consultant for 5 years. She completed a 23 show China tour and a 20 show Canadian tour. Stephanie is a faculty member of Orchesis, the University of Alberta’s dance program, where she has been teaching contemporary jazz since 2008. She has performed for both Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line and has appeared in many industry productions as a dancer and model.
As an adjudicator, Stephanie has judged the Zirka Dance Challenge, Vitaemo Ukrainian Dance Festival, the Camrose Music Festival, Kalyna Festival, Northern Star Talent Quest, the Drumheller Music Festival, the Bigger Dance Festival, the Peace River Dance Festival, as well as the Athabasca Dance Festival. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education (B.PE) as well as her Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). Although an experienced teacher and performer, she continues to be a student herself in both dance and yoga. Some of her most influential teachers include her children Jude (4) and Gloria (2).
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!
Grade 1D SP
Grade 2C / 2D SP
Grade 3 SP
Grade 5 SP
Murray began his Ukrainian Dance instructing career over 10 years ago under the watchful eyes of Doug Rachinski at Dance Unlimited. Since then he has had the pleasure to instruct the Zirka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and is currently instructing at the Ardrossan Yatran Ukrainian Dance School and here at Shumka School of Dance. Murray has 24 years of dance experience with over 7 years in Shumka, 4 years in Viter, and 3 years in Volya to compliment his teaching expertise. He is looking forward to sharing his strength of Ukrainian Dance Tricks to the upcoming generations of dancers in the Friday night Tricks and Technique classes.
Mitchell began his dance career at the age of four with the Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance. When he was eight years old he watched in awe as the Shumka dancers performed Cinderella in Ottawa; this inspired him to further pursue his passion for Ukrainian dance. At age 15 he began dancing with the Svitanok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and during this time he also taught Ukrainian dance at the Ottawa School of Ukrainian Dance. He is a Shumka Summer Camp alumni having travelled to attend numerous day and overnight camps. In 2014 Mitchell moved to Edmonton to pursue his aspirations of becoming a Shumka dancer as well as a Secondary school teacher. This is now his fourth year in Shumka as well as at the University of Alberta. A few highlights from his dancing career include partaking in the world Premiere of Kobzar (2016) as well as performing alongside national artists of Virsky and the Kyiv Ballet in Shumka’s Nutcracker – Clara’s Dream (2015-2018). Mitchell’s favourite region of Ukraine is Bukovyna.
Matthew started his dancing career at the Ukrainian Shumka School of Dance at a young age, where he learned Ukrainian dance and later Ballet and Contemporary dancing. He became a junior instructor with the School in 2014, and has assisted at various Shumka Summer Dance Camps throughout the years. Matthew is also a Certified Instructor with the Shumka Dance Syllabus Academy. He has all so participated in the Ukrainian Dance Instructor Conference (UDIC) in both 2014 and 2015, where he learned a greater understanding of both the technical and regional aspects of Ukrainian dance. Matthew completed the 2017 Shumka Workshop Series under the instruction of Mrs. Anna Kanevets, where he further expanded his knowledge and understanding of Ukrainian dance through regional, costuming, and history of Ukrainian dance. He later joined the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers in 2015 and is currently proud member of the company. Mr. Matthew’s favourite regions of Ukraine are Central Ukraine, Volyn, and Hutsul’shchyna.
Intermediate 1 Intensive Division
Intermediate 2 Intensive Division
Advanced 1 Intensive Division
Natasha began her dance career at Shumka School of Dance, at the age of three. Natasha joined the School’s Intensive Division and took on learning new styles of dance, including Contemporary and Ballet. Natasha’s passion for dance continued to expand and gave her many opportunities to perform and learn new steps. Natasha continued to develop her skills and was introduced to pointe work, and in 2018, passed her R.A.D. Intermediate Ballet Exam. Natasha’s love and passion for instructing began in 2015, as she has become a certified Instructor with the Shumka Dance Syllabus Academy. In 2018, Natasha graduated Grade 9 from Shumka School of Dance and has completed all nine of her syllabus exams. Natasha is currently dancing with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers. Natasha is a high school student at Strathcona High School, and is interested in pursuing a career in Physio Therapy. The 2018/2019 year will be her third year teaching at the Shumka School of Dance. Miss Natasha’s favourite regions of Ukraine are Hutsul’shchyna and Bukovyna.
Grade 1D / 2C
Grade 1D SP
Grade 2C / 2D SP
Grade 3 SP
Grade 6C / 6D