Adult Ukrainian, PFO and "Woulda Coulda Shoulda"
Miss Crystal's passion for dance started at the age 4. She trained at Studio One, in a variety of styles Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, and Flamenco and later joined Def Sol for 5 years to learn Hip-hop. Her true passion was found in Ukrainian dance starting at age 5, where she began at Boyan Ukrainian Dance Association Inc. and continued her training under Serhij Koroliuk at Saskatoon School of Dance. Her love for dance led her to become a company member of the Pavlychenko Folkorique Ensemble for 16 years, giving her the opportunity to tour within Canada, the United States and abroad to expand her knowledge of Ukrainian Folk dance.
For the past 10+ years she has continued to learn and apply her knowledge of Ukrainian Folk dance by working alongside the Serhij Koroliuk, teaching the very colourful and fun-loving adult dance group PFO. They keep her very grounded and remind her that dance is all about having fun!
JANELLE CAVE BSc,BSN, RN
Youth Ballet, Stretch
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 attained her Masters in Nursing degree at the U of S and is currently enjoying her new position as Nursing Supervisor with Primary Health. Way to go Miss Janelle!
You’re in Great Hands
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. Serhij believes that in this time of war where Ukraine is fighting to keep her identity, it is most important to keep Ukrainian Arts and Culture alive and thriving. Slava Ukraini!
Ukrainian Intermediate - Senior Division - Male Tricks and Techniques
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, where he danced as cast and soloist for many years. 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!
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 30th 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.
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 is continually expanding her knowledge. We feel blessed that she keeps her roots with us and continues to pass on the beauty of Ukrainian Dance and culture to our youth.
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. Miss Natalya continues to teach our youngest Ukrainian dancers at Saskatoon School of Dance. She is so awesome!
Young Ballet, Young Jazz and Tap
Kyra has been dancing with the Saskatoon School of Dance since she was 4 years old. She enjoyed her many dance classes which consisted of Ballet, Ukrainian, Tap, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre. Kyra has also competed in multiple styles of dance. She assisted in teaching Ballet and Tap to the younger SSD dancers for three years and continued her journey with them as a teacher last season. Kyra is currently a cast member of the Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble (PFE), has obtained her RAD Grade 2 through Advanced 2 certificates, and recently completed the Canadian Dance Teachers' Association Summer Intensive Syllabus program in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. She is continuing her education in Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan.
Kyra is very excited to be teaching Ballet, Jazz, and Tap at SSD.
Welcome back Kyra!
Young Ballet, Limon Contemporary, Office
Cosima Hudec is an Australian/Canadian ballet dancer & teacher. As a student of the Australian Ballet School and then Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Cosima trained in Vaganova & French ballet methods, completed the Royal Academy of Dance vocational exams up to and including Advanced 2 & studied prominent Contemporary techniques including Graham, Horton, and Limon.
In 2019, Cosima choreographed the Contemporary piece 'Potentium' which was selected for performance at the Royal Academy of Dance Centennial Celebration in Melbourne, Australia.
In 2020, Cosima moved to Canada after being invited to join Alberta Ballet School's Professional Division. With the uncertainty of the pandemic, Cosima chose to decline the offer and stay in Saskatoon to explore different avenues of dance such as Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble, where she is now a full cast member. After making Saskatoon home, Cosima continues to further her dancer teacher education by recently completing the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association Summer Syllabus Intensive program in Ballet.
Cosima is proud to be a part of the Saskatoon School of Dance teaching team and is excited to share her knowledge & love of dance with the students. Miss Cosima will also be helping out in the office with communications. Welcome Miss Cosima!
Piano Accompanist (Recently Retired)
We would like to thank Madame Rachel for all her years of dedication and beautiful live music.
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 was 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 was 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 that she accompanied the French Choir "Choeur des Plaines".
Merci Madame Rachel!