ODESA Repertoire

 

Pryvit-Welcome

Our dance featuring the traditional Ukrainian welcome with a bread decorated with traditional flowers-poppies, cornflowers and wheat placed on an embroidered towel.

 

Bukovynian Dance

This dance is performed in costumes from the Bukovyna region of Ukraine. These couples demonstrate the graceful, yet flirtatious, side of Ukrainian dance.

 

Bukovyna
This dance is performed in costumes from the Bukovyna region of Ukraine. These couples demonstrate the graceful, yet flirtatious, side of Ukrainian dance.

 

Hutsuly Dance

This dance has it's roots from the Bukovyna region. It depicts the unique syncopation, rapid movements and continuous pattern changes of that area.

Arkan

A unique boys’ line dance from the Hutsul region of the Carpathian Mountains.The leader uses a “topir” or wooden ax and calls out to hisfollowers encouraging the successful completion of this dance.The costumes are earth-tone in color accented with leather accessories.


Trembita

A fast-paced girls' dance from the Hutsul region of the Carpathian Mountains peppered with quick stamping, intricate footwork and quick vertical movements.

Kozachok

A lovely little couples’ dance performed by some of our youngest dancers.

Poltavsky Tanets

A light-hearted children's dance from the Poltava region of Ukraine that is just simply fun to watch.

Zakarpatsky Tanets

A couples' dance from the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine, with large sweeping movements and a movement that is "bouncy", a dance style that is uniquely simple and fun-filled.


Volyn

ODESA new couples dance from the Volyn region of northwest Ukraine. A dance characterized by high jumping, high-carried legs and lively arm motions. The drama unfolds as the boys meet the girls. The dance encompasses skill as well as their dancing abilities.

Voloshky

A dazzling, spirited girls dance from the Zakarpattia or Transcarpathian, region of Ukraine. Enjoy it's fast pace and intricate footwork.


Kyivsky Kozachok

A captivating dance from the Poltava region of central and eastern Ukraine. This region most represents Ukrainian dance with red and black symbolizing realism in life- red for joy and black for sorrow. The dance style is crisp and acrobatic for the boys and feminine and technical for the girls.

Povzunets

An acrobatic boys dance performed by our youngest group boys.

Zaporozhets-Dance of the Kozaky
This is a historical dance based on the exercise routines and learning techniques of the Kozaky of 17th century Ukraine.

Staizhky-Ribbon Dance

A colorful and elegant girls’ dance from the Poltava region of central and eastern Ukraine.

Vesnianka

Enjoy the girls performing this lively dance in bright floral costumes. Traditionally, this dance was performed in the springtime when the world awakens and all is in bloom.


Ruslana

This music and type of dance has become "the rage" in the US and Canada after Ruslana, a rock star from Ukraine, won the 2004 Eurovision Award for New Artist. Now dance groups are choreeographing their own versions to her famous number Wild Dances. And our ensemble has followed suit- a modern dance with subtle hints of traditional Ukrainian folk dance.


Spears

A thunderous, powerful and rhythmic boys' dance representing historic Ukraine that exemplifies the spirit of the Kozaky's pride and distinguished heritage.

Hopachok

Since no festive occasion, such as our festival, would be complete without the climactic finale of Hopak. Our youngest dancers are pleased to perform a children’s version of Hopak!

 

Hopak

Hopak is by far the most popular of Ukrainian dances. With its lively footwork and acrobatic choreography, the Hopak has become the official dance of Ukraine, delighting audiences to a climactic finale of Ukrainian artistry. The Hopak provides an opportunity for each dancer to demonstrate his or her proficiency in Ukrainian dance as well as show their capability to work as a unit. No festive occasion would be complete without the Hopak!

 

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