History

In September of 1974, seven dedicated individuals put together the framework for the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and Calgary's first prominent Ukrainian dance group was created. The Ensemble was named after the Tryzub ('trident' in English, pronounced tre-zoob), which is the national symbol of a free Ukraine. This ancient emblem has endured within the hearts of all Ukrainians as a symbol of honesty, health, power and protection from evil. The objective of the Ensemble is to preserve and promote Ukrainian dancing and to spread this aspect of Ukrainian-Canadian culture within the multicultural community.

Tryzub is a non-profit, non-affiliated charitable organization, managed by a Board of Directors comprised of dancers and dedicated volunteers. The Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Society hosts three major annual events, our fundraising Zabava dinner and dance, the Tryzub School of Ukrainian Dance Zabava and The Tryzub Ukrainian Festival.

The Ensemble has previously staged, four full-length productions, Celebration Tryzub, Glorious and Free, Reflections of the Soul, and Awakenings. Tryzub has performed extensively throughout Western Canada, the United States, Australia, Mexico, Turkey and Panama. They have been featured at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games, the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show in 1992, 1997 and 2001, and the 1993 Canadian Football League Championship Grey Cup game. Tryzub has also performed several times at the Vegreville Pysanka Festival, Vesna Festival in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Canada's National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin, Manitoba. For an in depth history of the Ensemble and its accomplishments, please refer to the Press Kit.