January 20th, 2021

Ukrainian New Year’s event Saturday

By Mabell, Dave on January 16, 2020.

Lethbridge Herald

Now celebrating 25 years in Lethbridge, an all-ages dance club is ready to host Ukrainian New Year’s festivities on Saturday.

Guests will be offered a special performance by the Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Club, followed by a family-style New Year’s meal, raffles and a silent auction. A “midnight lunch” will cap an evening of dancing to traditional sounds.

The dance club now has more than 45 members – ages three to “timeless” – but it remains open to newcomers. Its performances feature brightly coloured costumes from various regions in Ukraine.

A highlight of the evening’s program will be a “kolomeyka,” a circle dance where impressive dance moves and special tricks are shown. Spokesperson Donna Whitton describes it as “a proud Canadian Ukrainian tradition.

“It begins with the dance floor clearing and observers trying to find the perfect spot to view the tricks,” she says.

“Members of the crowd join hands forming a circle or ‘kolo.’

“The real fun begins when individual and group dancers take the centre of the circle to show off their most impressive dance moves in order to win crowd approval.”

The evening’s guests can expect “leaps, kicks, spins, lifts and acrobatics,” she says.

“For the more athletic and bold, human pyramids are attempted.”

Tickets for the all-ages evening, a fundraiser for the dance club, are available by texting or calling Whitton at 403-315-3492. It’s to be held in the German Canadian Club, with doors open at 4:30 p.m. and a pre-dinner show at 5:30 p.m.

Later in the year, she adds, the Troyanda club will join the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra for further celebrations on May 1, 2 and 3.

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