Fonds - Rusalka Dance Ensemble fonds

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Rusalka Dance Ensemble fonds

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  • 2003-2007 (Creation)
    Rusalka Dance Ensemble

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(1962 - present)

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In October of 1962, Peter Hladun formed the Rusalka Dance Ensemble from a group of dancers who had trained at the Ukrainian National Federation School of Dance in Winnipeg. It was the first amateur dance group to perform with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, when it danced Legin during a Ukrainian Gala Concert in October of 1977. They have continued to perform with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in productions such as Swan Lake. The group has toured extensively around the world, and has performed in the Ukraine, as well as the Mundial Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, and the Annual Folkloric Dance Festival in Trujillo, Peru. They were the first North American Ukrainian dance ensemble to study under the Veryovka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Kyiv, and have entertained Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth II and the Crown Prince of Thailand. In Canada, they performed at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Expo’86 in Vancouver and the Bloor Street Festival in Toronto. In July 2015, the UNF School of Dance officially joined forces with the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble to form the Rusalka UNF School of Dance, and is now under the artistic direction and management of the Rusalka Dance Ensemble.

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The records of the Rusalka Dance Ensemble came to the Royal Winnipeg Archives as part of a transfer of records from the RWB and were also collected by the RWB Alumni Association.

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The Rusalka Dance Ensemble fonds includes newspaper articles (2003-2007).

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See also the records of the Ukrainian Gala Concert from 1977 and the 1999 production of Swan Lake for other references to the Rusalka Dance Ensemble in the RWB Archives.

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