Yevshan employs a full time professional ballet master. Dancers must audition to become a member of the ensemble (25-35 dancers) and once accepted, maintain a rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule.
Yevshan dancers are committed and dedicated individuals who constantly strive for perfection in everything they do. Dancing has instilled in them self confidence, responsibility and dedication.
Yevshan works as a team and spends countless hours practicing and fundraising for the benefit of the company because they love to dance. Without a doubt, these young people are the potential leaders of tomorrow.
Destiny has brought us across the sea, from the beautiful valleys of the Dnipro River. Here we have planted our roots deep, living in joy and harmony. As our forefathers would want it. We dance when we are happy, dance when we are sad, dance when we are joyful, dance when we are in pain. We dance to let others know who we are, where we are from and to let them know our gift of life. Most of all, we dance because we love it.
We are YEVSHAN!
The Yevshan Ukrainian Folk Ballet Ensemble was created in 1960 with the goal of preserving, interpreting and expressing historical and contemporary Ukrainian cultural values for public enjoyment through technical and artistic excellence in the art form of dance. Yevshan has thrilled audiences throughout the world, including performances in England (Royal Albert Hall in London) Sweden (Umea and Stockholm), Ukraine, CUBA and the United States performing in cities such as New York, San Diego, (Featured on NBC today show), Las Vegas, and Disney World. Yevshan has toured Canada on several occasions, performed at two World Fairs, and has thrice danced for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Artistic Director : Vitali Sorokotiaguine
Vitali Sorokotiaguine was Ballet Master and Regisseur with the Nadzbruchanka Dance Ensemble in Ternopil, Ukraine prior to making his home in Canada. Prior to joining Nadzbruchanka, Mr. Sorokotiaguine studied at the Melitopil Cultural Institute, directed the Molodist Dance Ensemble in Zaporizhia and was a dancer/soloist with the Odessa Region Song and Dance Ensemble.
Vitali Sorokotiaguine is known throughout Western Canada as a talented Artistic Director who is dedicated to the preservation of Ukrainian dance. Mr. Sorokotiaguine was honoured by Dance Saskatchewan, as someone whose accomplishments have changed the landscape of dance in Saskatchewan.