Meet Our New Instructors!

Dance night shifts to Tuesday evenings.

I know it is only July, but we are soooooo EXCITED for the 2014/2015 dance season! We would like to introduce, to you, our three new instructors, Vincent Rees, Emily Belke and Joe Hoffman.

Vincent Rees has been a prolific dancer, director, choreographer and connoisseur of Ukrainian dance for many years. In 1992, he joined the world renowned Ukrainian Shumka Dancers. Vincent danced for many years, then served on Shumka’s Artistic team and took on the role of Artistic Director of Shumka School from 1999 to 2004. He has instructed many clubs throughout Western Canada and he continues to instruct and adjudicate across Western Canada. Vincent has several ongoing projects including a documentary called “Ukrainian Dance: A Journey To Alberta”, a television series called “Dance Planet”. He has also created, Cobblestone Freeway, which specializes in tours to Ukraine for dance groups as general tourists.

Emily Belke started her dance education at Dance Unlimited with a love of Tap, Musical Theatre and Ukrainian. While teaching at Dance Unlimited, Emily obtained her Junior Grades Cecchitti Teaching certificate. It was after joining the Ukrainian Shumka dancers, in 2006, that her love of Ukrainian dance, really evolved. In 2011 Emily joined the Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company. Emily achieved her Bachelors of Education in Drama and Physical Education at the University of Alberta in 2011 and is working for the Black Gold School Division as a substitute teacher. Emily is also Vice President of the Alberta Ukrainian Dance Association and has been an adjudicator for the Kalyna Festival since 2012.

Joe Hoffman is no stranger to Fort McMurray. He danced and instructed with our Avrora Dance Group from 2007-2010. In 2010, he joined the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and has been dancing with them for the past 4 years. He is a winner for multiple awards in choreography. He is currently perusing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta.

This is a small insight into these amazing instructors. We are really looking forward to working with them this fall. Due to their busy schedules we will be changing dance to TUESDAY evenings. We apologize in advance if this evening causes conflicts for you.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me or call me. Have a GREAT rest of the summer.

Brenda and the Executive.