Ukrainian Dance Competitions
Sunday, July 7th - 9:00 AM to approximately 4:00 PM
(in Vegreville Multiplex/Curling Rink)
The Pysanka Festival strives to created a welcoming comfortable experience that will allow dancers and instructors to grow and develop in the world of Ukrainian Dance.
Adjudicator - Hannah Picklyk
Hannah Picklyk’s passion for the Ukrainian culture began before she stepped into her own first Ukrainian dance rehearsal. Being born to parents who founded the Selo Ukrainian Dancers (Anola, Manitoba), and a family highly involved in the Ukrainian community, Hannah has been surrounded by her heritage as long as she can recall. She grew up dancing with Selo Ukrainian Dancers which gave her the chance to perform nationally and internationally on numerous occasions. After her time performing with Selo, she danced with Verba Ukrainian Dance Company, and continued on to Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, where she is currently a member.
Most recently, Hannah spent time in Ukraine training and performing with multiple professional dance ensembles, including P. Virsky Ukrainian National Folk Dance Ensemble, the Bukovyna, Volyn and Poltava State Ensembles. She took classes at a variety of universities and colleges during her time, fulfilling practical and theoretical requirements to complete a diploma in Folk Dance at the Lviv College of Culture and Arts with focus on Lemkivshyna, Bukovynian and Carpathian culture.
Hannah feels fortunate to have been given opportunities to learn about the Ukrainian culture through dance and hopes to give back in the same way. Having taken particular interest in costuming and varying ethnography from region to region, Hannah works to provide cultural depth in her teaching. She’s always excited to share a story or tidbit of information and is continually looking to learn more. Hannah’s passion and inspiration for the rich, Ukrainian culture stems largely from her parents, her grandparents and those she was fortunate to cross paths with in Ukraine– balletmasters, dancers and strangers on the street alike.
Hannah graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology. During her post-secondary studies, she had a vital role in reviving the Ukrainian student club at the university. This past year Hannah was a lead coordinator in organizing a national Ukrainian student Congress (SUSK) for post-secondary students held in Winnipeg. She currently dedicates herself to teaching and running the Selo Ukrainian Dancers, alongside her parents, where the troupe is becoming known for their spirited performances and innovative, creative choreography.
Hannah is looking forward to a lively weekend of sharing culture. She wishes the performers, instructors, coordinators and all of those involved a successful festival.