In 1989, the Ukrainian Ladies Association of St. Mary wanted to promote Ukrainian culture through dance and organized an instructor and small group of students who started to learn the fundamentals of Ukrainian dance. In 1990, the Ukrainian Ladies Association asked Linda Trafananko to become the school's Artistic Director and that year,
Kvitka Ukrainian School of Dance was born.
Kvitka has instructed many dancers over the years ranging in age from 3 years old to adults. Our dedication and love of Ukrainian dance has given us the opportunity to entertain audiences in BC, Alberta and in the USA. We are able to perform dances from multiple regions of Ukraine including Poltava, Transcarpathian, Hutsul, Bukovanian, Polissian and Volyn, to name a few.
Kvitka strives to provide an environment for all dancers that will build confidence, self-esteem, physical fitness, grace, fun and a cultural experience through dance.
Our vision is to offer a medium
for dancers to experience a part of their Ukrainian Heritage that
otherwise might be lost. We feel this is a fun way for them to stay
connected to a piece of their culture and we hope to sustain and to
maintain our Ukrainian culture in our community.
Our instructors visit Ukraine on a regular basis to receive instruction themselves to be able to provide the best learning experience for our students.