Principal / 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.
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 Shumka School of Dance.
Grade 1 R.A.D.
Grade 2 R.A.D.
Grade 3 R.A.D.
Grade 4 R.A.D.
Grade 6 R.A.D.
Intermediate Pointe R.A.D.
Advanced Foundation R.A.D.
Advanced Foundation Pointe R.A.D.
Grade 1 Diploma
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.
Junior Intensive Division
Intermediate 1 Intensive Division
Intermediate 2 Intensive Division
Advanced Intensive Division
Examiner / 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.
Instructor / 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!
Examiner / 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 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.
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 Intensive Division
Intermediate 1 Intensive Division
Intermediate 2 Intensive Division
Advanced Intensive Division
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!
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.
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.
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!
Intermediate Contemporary Dance
Advanced Contemporary Dance
Advanced Intensive Division Shumka Repertoire
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 Tricks & Ukrainian Technique
Advanced Tricks & Ukrainian Technique
Jordan began his dancing career at the age of four with Ukrainian St. Albert Dance. Then to take his dancing to a new level he joined Shumka School of Dance at age six in Grade 2. While moving through the rest of the school to graduate Grade 9, Jordan also became a certified instructor with Shumka Dance Syllabus Academy. After graduating Grade 9, he auditioned for the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and was accepted. Jordan participated in the 2015 Ukrainian Dance Instructor Conference (UDIC) as well as various Shumka Camps throughout the years. Jordan recently graduated high school and is now attending NAIT for Millwork and Carpentry, and hopes too become a Carpenter. The 2017/2018 dance season will be his fifth year teaching at Shumka School of Dance. Mr. Jordan’s favourite regions of Ukraine are Central Ukraine and Bukovyna, and his favourite dance is Hopak!
Ariane started her dance career at eight years old, where she tried a local Ballet-Jazz class but didn’t end up continuing it. However, at the end of that same year, after a visit from the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers at her school, she discovered the Shumka Summer Dance Camps. After attending one of the camps she decided to join the Shumka School of Dance where she continued to dance for the next nine years, joining the Intensive Division the year of its creation. She graduated from SSD in 2017 and is now a member of the Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir. She has also begun to dabble in other styles, such as Hip Hop, and hopes to learn to choreograph her own dances. Ariane currently attends the University of Alberta in the Department of Human Ecology, majoring in Clothing, Textiles and Material Culture. Her journey as a dance instructor started after a summer of volunteering at Shumka Summer Dance Camps, and discovering her love of teaching. The 2017/18 year is her second year teaching and her first as a Shumka Dance Syllabus Academy Certified Instructor. Miss Ariane’s favorite regions are Central Ukraine, Volyn and Bukovyna.
Alyssa began her dance career at the age of three in Pre-Beginner at Shumka School of Dance. At age six, she decided to begin taking ballet to help enrich her dance abilities. Alyssa danced at SSD, as well as various ballet studios for many years, and eventually graduated from Grade 9. This program introduced Alyssa to new dance styles, such as contemporary, as well as allowed her to take the next step in ballet and begin pointe work. This also gave her many opportunities to perform, something Alyssa is very passionate about doing, at many different places, including a trip to Ukraine in the summer of 2017. Along the way, Alyssa became a Certified Instructor with the Shumka Dance Syllabus Academy. After she finished dancing at the School, Alyssa auditioned and became a member of the Viter Ukrainian Dancers & Folk Choir, where she is currently dancing. Alyssa is a high school student at Archbishop Macdonald High School, and has big dreams of someday becoming a Registered Nurse. The 2017/18 year will be her second year teaching at the Shumka School of Dance. Miss Alyssa’s favourite regions of Ukraine are Volyn and Hutsul’shchyna!
Shumka School’s Junior Instructor Program offers students ages 15 and older opportunities to teach classes under the supervision, training, and mentoring of qualified and experienced lead instructors.