Established in Edmonton in 1989, the Shumka School of Dance has trained thousands of young dancers and helped them achieve a broad, dance-focused skill set, performance excellence, and a strong work ethic. With its family-like atmosphere, the School is a welcoming place for youth to establish and achieve their artistic dreams. It is also a place where they are given the tools and the experience to become future community leaders and builders.

The School provides Ukrainian regional, character, ballet, contemporary dance, and Shumka-style training to students from 3 years of age and up. Offering Canada's only Ukrainian dance curriculum, dancers move through progressive levels of training, choreography and performance opportunities under high-level instruction. In addition, most of Shumka's professional productions incorporate students from the School as support or leading characters. The primary goal of Shumka School is to engage young people from all ethnic backgrounds in the performing arts. Whether a child's interest in dance is purely recreational or based on a desire to reach a professional level, Shumka School gives students a strong foundation upon which to build skills.

The School performs at numerous community events including festivals, special events, and at care facilities throughout the year. In addition to providing valuable on-stage experience for the dancers, it is an opportunity for them to give back to their community. Each year, students at Shumka School also have the opportunity to perform twice on the stage of Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

The School promotes active and healthy lifestyles and often serves as a career development tool for dance teachers and choreographers. Its popular Junior Instructor Program trains future faculty while giving dedicated youth the ability to lead and inspire. Each summer, an array of Camp offerings provide training and educational opportunities for students from around the globe.

Currently more than 250 students are part of the Shumka School and its programs, many aspiring to be future members of the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and to contribute to the ongoing presentation and development of the art form. The Shumka School is a key part of Shumka's 60-year legacy as a leading dance company in Canada.

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