The Hopakers and Ukrainian dance students at DanceCo are under the direction of Darrell Marko. DanceCo is passionate about promoting Ukrainian dance to children of all diverse backgrounds and promotes the athleticism, musicality and cultural connection Ukrainian dance has to offer.
The Hopakers were established in 2008. The ensemble consists of advanced adult dancers who have a love for Ukrainian dance performance. Members include alumni of Cheremosh, Shumka, Volya, Vinok Worldance and Dansation.
DanceCo participates at many festivals and competitions throughout Alberta. They have also performed for a variety of audiences including senior homes, Festival of Trees and the St. Albert Children's Festival. The Hopakers and Ukrainian DanceCo students' annual highlight is Ukrainian Night at Holy Family Parish in St. Albert where they perform to live music.
The Hopakers are delighted to be invited to perform at UFest!