SSD FACULTY

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SERHIJ KOROLIUK

Senior Ukrainian Division

The SSD has the distinct privilege having on its faculty, one of Canada’s hottest Ukrainian Dance choreographers.  Mr. Koroliuk acts as advisor to the Ukrainian Division, teaches the adults and boys project, produces special choreography for the school and continues as Artistic Director of Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble. He is an Honours graduate of the Kyiv State University of Culture and Performing Arts, Kyiv, Ukraine and an accomplished performer himself. He is the former Artistic Director of the Bukovyna State Ensemble and an acclaimed choreographer in demand across North America and Ukraine. As well as conducting workshops across the nation and coaching the next generation of teachers, he is a very highly recommended and respected Adjudicator. 

ADAM BRECKNER

Ukrainian Junior - Senior Division

Pan Adam began his dancing career at the age of 9 in small-town Saskatchewan with the Meacham Ukrainian Dance Club under the instruction of Shannon Gabrush and Jason White. He was encouraged to join the SSD and Bridge into Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble and has been dancing with them ever since. Over the years, under the instruction of the world-renowned  Serhij Koroliuk, Adam has expanded his knowledge of dance repertoire and all the intricacies of Ukrainian dance. With the teachings of the late Lusia Pavlychenko, as well as technique enhanced by Ms. Juliette Perry, Adam has continued developing his skills in character, folk, and ballet. Teaching with wonderful and skilled instructors such as Ms. Sonya Horner and Nina Koroliuk has truly encouraged his passion for Ukrainian dance and culture and the drive to pass along that knowledge and passion to future generations of dancers. Adam has travelled multiple times to Ukraine to tour the country and study dance programs from many masters of Ukrainian dance, ballet, and choreography. These include Workshops with Virsky, Yunist, Volyn, as well as being instructed by legends such as Rafael Malinowsky and Ivan Kuryliuk. These experiences, plus many others, have given Adam a unique perspective of Ukrainian dance in Canada and added a great deal to his skill set as a Ukrainian dance instructor and choreographer. Everybody loves Adam!

JANELLE CAVE BSc,BSN, RN

Youth Ballet

Janelle began her dance training at the age of five with the Dance Connection in North Battleford, Sask.   Starting with the basics, ballet and jazz, she quickly developed a love for dance and performing.  This love of dance lead her to a competitive level in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, hip hop, lyrical, modern, musical theatre, and Ukrainian dance receiving numerous awards.  Janelle is very honored and proud to have been the recipient of the Dance Saskatchewan Youth Ambassador Award twice. With wonderful training, at the Dance Connection, from Margaret Stephen and Virginia Ross-Winterhalt, Janelle’s credits include: RAD Advanced, C.D.T.A. Advanced Tap. Janelle is very fortunate to have trained with Mrs. Kelly of the Goh Ballet Company of Vancouver, B.C., Devin Jamieson of Los Angeles, Ca., Diane Gryba of North Battleford, Sask.,  as well as Serhij Koroliuk of the Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble and Vitali Sorokotiaguine of the Yevshan Ukrainian Folk Ballet Ensemble. Having attended workshops throughout Canada and the U.S., Janelle has gained a great appreciation of the diversity within the dance world.  Miss Janelle has been recently accepted into the U of S Masters Program in Public Health. Way to go Miss Janelle!

NINA KOROLIUK L.R.A.D., C.D.T.A. Lifetime

SSD Director, Ballet & Youngest Ukrainians

Nina Koroliuk, L.R.A.D., C.D.T.A. Lifetime, is a Registered Licentiate Teacher of Royal Academy of Dance London, England. Nina was Born into the World of Dance and in her early years, trained under her mother, Saskatchewan's premiere Pioneer of Dance, the late Lusia Pavlychenko until her later teens. After declining an invite to dance with VIRSKY in Ukraine, she was invited to study at the Royal Academy of Dance Headquarters in London, TTC program. Her list of world class teachers and coaches is too long to post in this little space and she is very grateful to have had such opportunities. She has studied, taught, and performed throughout Canada, the U.S., and Europe, having held teaching positions in England, Italy and Germany. She is trained as a professional and pedagogic Ballet teacher and is also very well versed in Jazz and Ukrainian Dance. Miss Nina feels that all of her studied genres enhance one another. She is well known by her staff and students past and present, for her training, rapport, and choreographic talents. Nina is entering her 27th year as Director and continuously aims to upgrade her teaching skills through ongoing workshops, seminars and festivals. Nina, her husband Mr. Serhij Koroliuk who is the Artistic Director of the Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble, and son Kirylo who is ultimately priority number one, form a beautiful trio.

SONYA HORNER

Ukrainian Junior - Senior 

Miss Horner contributes a wealth of knowledge and dedication to Ukrainian Dance in Saskatchewan. Besides having a great rapport with her students, she is a talented choreographer. Having studied Ballet up to the RAD Advanced 2 level, performed and competed in the Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Ukrainian genres, performed 1st as a company member and later as a soloist with PAVLYCHENKO and having assisted Mr. Serhij Koroliuk for over 15 years throughout Saskatchewan and beyond, Miss Sonya is one of very few who have pursued the greater understanding and development of Ukrainian Dance from a Canadian perspective and had the best to learn from. She continues to expand her knowledge and has just returned from another instructor’s course. We feel blessed that she keeps her roots with us and continues to pass on the beauty of Ukrainian Dance and culture with our youth.

CHELSEA RAE BLOSKI

Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop Musical Theatre

Chelsea Rae Bloski began dancing at the age of six under the instruction of Jacquie Huck at Jacquie’s Dance Academy in Humboldt, SK. She studied jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop classes and enjoyed every second of it. She knew dancing and performing was her passion in life. She assisted at Jacquie’s Dance Academy for seven years and then began to teach there, as well as in Annaheim, SK. Miss Chelsea has attained her C.D.T.A. Jazz and Tap Syllabus’ with Honours beginning with Grade One and finishing with Advanced. She has also completed Grades six to eight of the R.A.D. Ballet Examination Syllabus. She has competed in many competitions all over Saskatchewan and has won numerous medals and awards. In 2003, she won a scholarship to attend Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver, and it was a great learning experience for her. She attends as many dance conventions as she can which help her stay up to date with the current styles of dance. After graduating from high school, Chelsea moved to Saskatoon and began dancing then teaching at Juliette’s Dance Centre, and a few years later also started teaching at Saskatoon School of Dance. This is Chelsea’s 11th year at SSD and she just loves it. 

KENDALL SCOTT Assoc. C.D.T.A Stage Tap & Acrobatic Arts Certified

Young Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop

Kendall has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She began in Tiny Tot Ballet at Nipawin School of Dance under the tutelage of Jacalyn Froehlich and continued to add more styles as she grew up. At the age of 12, Kendall became an assistant and at the age of 15 she became a student teacher. As she was growing up she attended multiple conventions and competitions every year to experience new styles and challenge herself to be better. Kendall has competed in ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, tap, modern, hip hop, and song and dance. She has attained her RAD Advanced 1 Ballet, CDTA Advanced Jazz and Tap, and is an Associate member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (Stage - Tap). This is Kendall’s fifth year with us at SSD and she is looking forward to sharing her love and passion for dance with everyone here!

NATALYA SHEVCHUK

Young Ukrainian Assistant

Natalya Shevchuk grew up in Battleford, Saskatchewan where she danced with the Svoboda Ukrainian Dance Club and The Dance Connection for 15 years. Under the artistic director of Serhij Koroliuk, Natalya began to bridge with the Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble (PFE) in September of 2014; a real dream come true. In June of 2017, she graduated from grade 12 with an International Baccalaureate diploma. After this, she was honoured to join Pavlychenko on their Eastern European Tour as they danced their hearts out in the Balkans and the homeland of Ukraine. PFE returned to dance at Folkfest and then 12 days later, Natalya returned to Ukraine for 10 months to study Ukrainian dance, culture and language, through the “Our Year in Ukraine” program with Cobblestone Freeway. Upon returning Canada, she continues to dance with Pavlychenko, now being honoured as a full cast member. Natalya is excited to be assisting at Saskatoon School of Dance for her second season and can’t wait to share her love of dance and her new knowledge from Ukraine with all of her students.

RACHEL FRASER

Piano Accompanist

A native of Dolbeau, Lac St Jean, Quebec, Madame Rachel  studied piano at Laval University (Quebec) and McGill University, Montreal ( Bach. in Music Performance).  She taught piano from 1976 - 1988. Madame Rachel has provided Ballet accompaniment for the SSD under Lusia Pavlychenko and Nina Koroliuk since 1990. She is also a very sought after accompanist for the Royal Academy of Dance examinations and workshops in Saskatchewan and Alberta as few accompanists are familiar with the repertoire. She is often invited to play for rehearsals and master classes for professional ballet companies like the WBC, Alberta Ballet, White Birch Ballet and some Musicals (Phantom of the opera, Cats, Wizard of Oz...) On top of all of that she is the accompanist for the French Choir "Choeur des Plaines". We are blessed to have such a gifted, dedicated and unique persona on our SSD crew. Merci et bienvenue encore Madame Rachel!

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