Shumka School of Dance
Established in 1989, the Shumka School of Dance has trained thousands of young dancers to achieve a broad dance-focused skill set, performance excellence, and a strong work ethic. With its inclusive atmosphere, the School is a welcoming and safe 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, Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) ballet, contemporary dance, and Shumka-style training to three years of age and up. Offering Canada’s only Ukrainian dance curriculum, students move through progressive training levels, choreography, and performance opportunities under high-level instruction. Most of Shumka’s professional productions incorporate School students 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 for building skills. 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 contribute to the ongoing development of the art form.