Yuriy and Oksana Sholdra
In 2002 Oksana and Yuriy Sholdra came to Canada from Lviv, Ukraine, where they worked as Artistic Directors and Ballet Masters of the Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble ‘‘Karpaty’ , and Ukrainian Honoured Ensemble ‘’Yunist’’. Oksana has a degree in Choreography and Classical Ballet, and obtained training under the instruction of teachers from the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow while attending the Lviv Choreographic School. Both obtained their degrees in instructional methodology from the Lviv National Institute of Choreographical Art in 2001.
As dancers, soloists, and Artistic Directors they toured with ‘’Yunist’’ Ensemble in Ukraine, Russia, Europe, Asia, North and South America, New Zealand, and Australia. They have also performed on the biggest stages in Kyiv and Moscow with the greatest professional dance companies in Ukraine, such as Virsky and Veriovka.
Since arriving in Canada, Oksana and Yuriy have been teaching and sharing their experience and knowledge in Ukrainian dance and ballet. Since 2002 they have been teaching Ukrainian dance groups in Regina, Stenen, Weyburn, Yorkton, Benito, and Ituna. Oksana was employed as a ballet teacher in the Conservatory of Performing Arts at the University of Regina. In April 2005 Yuriy and Oksana were choreographers for the Ukrainian National Centennial Celebration in Regina. In October 2008 they were Stage choreographers of the Great Russian Nutcracker performed by Moscow Ballet and the Applause Dance Academy.