Instructors

Dean Mackedenski

Dean began his journey of Ukrainian dance in rural Manitoba at age six. He studied classical and character ballet at the Wade Dance Centre and began instructing in 2001 when he created the Vinok Ukrainian Dance Group in Rossburn, MB. Having moved to Alberta in 2005, Dean is an alumnus of the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and current Artistic Director of the Lethbridge Troyanda Ukrainian Dancers. Dean has created award winning musical theatre choreography for Front Row Centre in Calgary, and teaches dance workshops throughout Western Canada. Dean is the School Director for the Tryzub School of Ukrainian Dance and has been an instructor since 2007.

Christine Ochitwa

Christine began her Ukrainian dance career at age five, and was a student of Tryzub School for eleven years.  She has studied Ukrainian dance, ballet, and musical theatre under several very talented instructors, including Mrs. Anna Kanevets. Christine has been performing with the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble since 2008, including international tours to Mexico, Turkey, Panama, and Colombia and Canadian tours of Razom and Razom 2. In 2015, Christine chaired Tryzub 40, 40th anniversary celebration which featured over 140 Ensemble, School, and Alumni performers in two sold-out shows. Christine is celebrating her 10th year as a Tryzub School instructor in 2016-2017.

Anne Copeland, ARAD

Anne started Ukrainian dancing with Tryzub School at the age of five, receiving training from talented instructors, including Mrs. Anna Kanavets. To further her love for dance, she began studying classical ballet. Anne is an alumna of the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, performing on stage with The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and in Razom 2 and Tryzub 40. She holds her RAD Advanced 2 in Classical Ballet, allowing her to be an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance. Anne is working toward a degree Kinesiology and Dance at the University of Calgary, and is excited to teach both ballet and Ukrainian dance.

Kimberley Bushell

Kimberley began dancing in 2002, age of 7 with ballet and completed RAD Grade 6. She began Ukrainian dancing in 2008 and joined the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble in 2012. Kimberley's Ensemble highlights include performing on stage with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, dancing in Razom 2, and touring to Panama and Colombia. She is excited to be returning to the Tryzub School faculty as an assistant instructor for her second year.

 

Anisa Hoda

Anisa has been Ukrainian dancing from the age of three. She danced with Junior Tryzub for siz years under the direction of Mrs. Anna Kanevets. Anisa became an assistant instructor with the Tryzub School of Ukrainian Dance in 2014, and joined the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble in 2015. She is looking forward to another exciting year of teaching with Tryzub School.