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Ukrainian Shumka Dancers

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Contact: Darka Tarnawsky Work 10515 – 111 St Edmonton Ab T5H 3E8 Work Phone: 780-455-9559 Website:

Established in Edmonton in 1959, the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers is Canada’s only professional Ukrainian dance company. Shumka presents dance-theatre touring productions, as well as intimate concert repertoire across the country and around the world. Along with Alberta Ballet and Edmonton Opera, Shumka is honoured to be a resident company of the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
Sixty years of performance history has shaped Shumka’s signature music and dance style. While maintaining deep respect for its heritage, Shumka continually challenges conventional boundaries to define the experience of Ukrainian dance in the context of today’s society.
Shumka’s most recent works: Kobzar, Ancestors & Elders and Mosquito’s Wedding (All You Need is Love) debuted between 2016 and 2018, and a documentary of the Making of Ancestors & Elders is currently on Telus On Demand.
Shumka is based in the Shumka Dance Centre nestled between the Ice District and Brewery District of downtown Edmonton. For more information, visit
Shumka performs full length and customized productions. The company offers lessons/demonstrations for various groups, “Whirlwind Discovery” field trips for school classes, regular seniors programming (“Seniors Can Shumka” and “Silver Swans”), and training through the Shumka School of Dance and Studia Shumka.
The group sells DVDs, merchandise and performance tickets.


Shumka performs full length and customized productions. The company can offer lessons to various groups, and also operates the Shumka School of Dance.
Demos for “community engagement” events are possible.
The group sells CDs, DVDs, pottery…and of course show tickets!