Verkhovyna School of Dance Instructors
Jessie has 13 years of dance experience, beginning Ukrainian dance classes in Radway, Alberta at the age of 8. After dancing at Ukrainian dance schools around Alberta for a number of years, he began dancing with the Volya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble in Edmonton, who he has been with for the past four years. With Volya, Jessie has had the privilege of being a cast member for the ensemble's 25th Anniversary, as well as the ensemble's tours to the U.K., Greece and Colombia. While he enjoys traveling with Volya; Jessie is glad to back on home soil teaching at Verkhovyna for his 3rd year.
Deeyana is new to the Verkhovyna Dance School instructing team. She has danced for sixteen years and has trained in many different genres of dance, focusing on hip hop and Ukrainian. Dance has taken Deeyana to Ukraine, Las Vegas, Florida, Quebec, and many places in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba for performing opportunities. Deeyana currently is a member of the Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir who she has trained with for five years. She is excited to share her love and passion for Ukrainian dance with the dancers of the Verkhovyna Dance School.
With 25 years of dance experience, Oksana began her dancing career with our very own Verkhovyna Dance School at the age of four. At the age of 16 she moved on to dance with the Dunai Ukrainian Dancers where she has been for the past 13 years and has had the opportunity to travel the world. Oksana began teaching with the Dance School in 2006 until 2014 and since then has been able to teach a variety of age groups and classes. In addition to her dance career, she has also been an active member of the Ukrainian Youth Association (CYM). Along with being a member of both groups, Oksana has also held key roles on the CYM and Verkhovyna Executive for the past 10 years and is currently planning a trip to Spain for the Dunai Dancers. After a short break away, we are pleased to welcome Oksana back for her 9th year with the school.
Morgan is very excited to be joining the Verkhovyna School of Dance instructional team for the first time. Morgan has been Ukrainian dancing for 16 years, and spent 3 of those years volunteering as a co-instructor at the Thorhild Ukrainian Dance Club. She has been a member of the Dunai Ukrainian Dancers for 3.5 years and has served as their Vice President for the last two years. Morgan is eager to share her love for Ukrainian dance with her students this year!
With over 20 years of Ukrainian dance experience, Natalia’s very first dance lessons began at the Verkhovyna Dance School. For the past 13 years, Natalia has been performing and touring with the Dunai Ukrainian Dancers. Her training in Ukrainian Dance is comprised of a wide variety of local and international instructors. In 2004, Natalia auditioned for Dunai and has been performing and touring with the Verkhovyna Ensemble across the world, from North America to South America, Costa Rica and Eastern Europe. She also brings with her teaching experience with children and adults, including Zumba instructing and private dance instruction. For the past 6 years, she has been instructing at the Verkhovyna Ukrainian Dance School. This summer she had the pleasure travelling with Verkhovyna dance students to Disneyland and to take part in the Disney Performing Arts. In 2014 and 2015, she was recognized for her hard work and dedication, and was nominated by her students for “Ukrainian Dance Instructor of the Year” by Ukrainian Dance World. Throughout her dance career, Natalia’s passion for dance and music continues to grow and is continuously learning different styles of dance. Her latest accomplishment in 2016, is competing in her very first salsa dance competition and placing second in the small teams amateur division, with Salsa Vitus Dance Company, at the World Salsa Summit in Miami, Florida. Natalia is very excited to share her knowledge and passion for dance. Her expertise and enthusiasm are a great addition to the instructional team!
Mitchell comes from a background of over 17 years of Ukrainian dancing experience, and currently dances with Volya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Although Mitchell is passionate about Ukrainian dancing his interests do not end there, growing up playing hockey, lacrosse, volleyball and golf Mitchell realizes the importance of balance and being active. Mitchell also enjoys traveling especially with Volya, in 2015 Mitchell toured to Greece where they performed for different audiences across the country. Mitchell is excited to be returning to Verkhovyna, to share his knowledge and passion of dance with the next generation of dancers.
Loren has been Ukrainian dancing for twenty three years. Currently he is a member of Volya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble where he has performed in Turkey, Portugal, France, Great Britain, Greeceand most recently Colombia this past summer. Previously he danced for nine years with Kupalo Ukrainian Dance Ensemble where he performed throughout Canada, Western U.S.A., Ireland, Ukraine and Scotland. Loren has been teaching with Verkhovyna for the past 7 years and is extremely excited to be back again to share his knowledge and passion of Ukrainian dancing with the students