Our Instructors Capture The Spirit of Ukrainian Dancing
Chaban Ukrainian Dance School is proud to be under the instruction of Oksana and Yuriy Sholdra with Dariya Sholdra assisting.
Chaban School is under the direction of Oksana Sholdra, formerly of Lviv, Ukraine. Before arriving in Canada in July 2002, Oksana worked as Artistic Director and Ballet Master of the Ukrainian Folk Ensemble “Karpaty” (Lviv) and Ballet Master of the Ukrainian Honored Ensemble “Yunist” (Lviv). Oksana holds a degree in Choreography and Classical Ballet, as well as instructional methodology courses from the Lviv National Institute of Choreographical Art. Oksana has also toured as a dancer in Europe, Asia, North America, New Zealand and Australia, and has been an adjudicator of dance competitions in Calgary and Saskatoon. Oksana works with each dancer to help them reach their full potential while nurturing their love for Ukrainian dance.
Yuriy Sholdra, formerly of Lviv, Ukraine assists Oksana in instruction of our groups most notably our Ensemble. Yuriy has obtained a degree in Choreography from the National Institute of Choreographical Art, Lviv, Ukraine. He also has Folk, Classical and Character training, and has been a dancer and Ballet Master with the Ukrainian Honored Ensemble “Yunist”, Lviv, Ukraine. Yuriy has toured as a dancer, instructor and Ballet Master in such countries as Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, France, Italy, Argentina, Uruguay, Vietnam, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, USA and Canada. He has also been an adjudicator for the Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Festival, and the Southern Alberta Ukrainian Dance Festival.
Growing up with two parents with a passion for dance, Dariya made dance a part of her life even before she could walk. She gained her dance experience and talent with honored ensemble “Yunist” in Lviv, Ukraine , and was able to tour Europe with the group. Never leaving the life of dance behind in Ukraine, she continued her dancing in Canada and now enjoys teaching others at Chaban.