See our quick link above to travel to the Ramp Registration Website. Create an account, register yourself first (you’ll assign yourself the parent/guardian, then register your child/ren). Prices and class times are listed here. We would love to have you finish the season with us.
Veeteretz Festival in Fort Saskatchewan Thursday, April 27, Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 2023
Year End St. Basil’s Dance Performance Saturday May 13 Time/Format TBA
UFest in Edmonton May 26 and May 27, 2023
St. Paul Festival for Kupalo only
There might be a few more performance opportunities, communicated well in advance.
January Update and Winter Concert
No. of Classes
6:00 - 7:00
Zirka (Adult) Performance**
7:45 - 9:15
5:00 - 5:30
5:30 - 6:15
6:15 - 7:15
7:15 - 8:15
Zirka (Adult) Recreation
8:15 - 9:45
After a two year Covid break we are happy to share that St. Basil’s Parish Praznyk (the Feast of St. Basil the Great) is back and that our Winter Concert will be featured as part of the celebration. Praznyk has traditionally been our opportunity to showcase our dancers for the Parish that supports us and an opportunity to advertise to new families. This year, rather than choosing a few groups to perform, everyone has been invited! You and your guests are welcome to join for the whole event, or for the portion your schedule allows.
For those who wish to attend the whole event, the schedule is:
Church, 10:00am - 11:30am. You do not need to be Ukrainian Catholic to attend. All are welcome. Bishop David is scheduled to preside over the Liturgy. After Church everyone is invited to move to the Cultural Centre.
Praznyk Luncheon, 11:50am - 1:00pm. Open seating. Grace will be said once people have settled down at a table. It should be between 11:50am and 12:00 noon. Following grace, St. Basil’s new Ukrainian Choir (featuring our own Teacher Victoria) will be performing). If your dancer wants to hear Victoria, please feel free to bring them to the ballroom before heading upstairs.
Dancer arrival time, 12:15. Dancers are expected to be Stage Ready upstairs at 12:15pm. There is no eating in costume. If you are not attending church please feed your dancer before coming to the Cultural Centre. Please do not leave your boots at the front doors like usual. Wear them upstairs. Dancers can leave their boots with their jacket, in the coat area upstairs.
Lunch, 12:00pm-1:00pm. Lunch is provided by donation to help cover the cost of the meal. Depending upon the number of people in attendance, the buffet will likely close between 12:35 and 12:45.
The menu is:
To help ensure that we have enough seating and enough food for those who choose to eat, please fill out the linked survey.
We recognize that many dancers can not eat before dancing or they will make themselves sick on stage. If your dancer is one of these and will be eating lunch after 2:00pm, lunch can be held for them. Please indicate the number of plates you will need in the linked survey.
Break 1:00pm - 1:15pm. After lunch is served there will be a short break to allow anyone who chooses not to stay for the concert time to leave and allow anyone not attending lunch to be seated.
Concert, 1:15pm-1:50pm. Seating may change based on the survey responses, but right now the plan is to have auditorium style seating next to the stage with tables behind. People are welcome to sit at either.
Parking is available in the parking lot, in the two empty lots to the east of the Cultural Centre and on the street.
The week before the concert dancers will have a costume check. Makeup does not need to be done and hair does not need to be braided for the costume check. The normal ponytail or bun dancers wear for class is fine.
Costume check details are as follows:
Monday January 23
Tuesday January 24
Wednesday January 25
As a reminder, these are the costume requirements:
ALL costume pieces are WELL-FASTENED. Safety pins work, but we highly recommend clear hockey tape. Boys need their full waists taped (under their sashes/belts). Some of the girl blouses are ¾ sleeves. These ones need to be taped at the elbow. If you are unsure, we can demonstrate this for you at costume check.
Rosa (Mon. 6:00)
Mondor tights caramel colour, red slippers
Kupalo (Tues. 5:45)
Girls: Mondor tights caramel colour, black Paris teaching shoes
Boy: black socks, black slippers
Zirka (Tues. adult)
Mondor tights caramel colour, black warm-up slippers
Viter (Wed. 5:00)
Girls: red tights, red slippers
Boys: black socks, black slippers
Kvitky (Wed 5:30)
Girls: white socks, red slippers
Boys: black socks and slippers
Vesna (Wed 6:15)
Mondor tights caramel colour, red slippers
Sontse (Wed 7:15)
Girls: Mondor tight caramel colour, red slippers
Boys: black socks, black slippers
Headpieces MUST be fastened with bobby pins. For ribbons with flowers, the flower goes over the dancer's LEFT ear. If the headpiece has a clear elastic that is too long, feel free to shorten it with a small knot off to the side.
Some of these costumes have been in tight storage for 2 years. Please iron or steam them before our performance.
Make-up is intended to brighten up the face under the bright stage lights. Feel free to use what you feel comfortable with. Kupalo is using a maroon/wine-coloured eye-shadow and red lipstick. It does not need to be done for costume check.
We will be opening Winter registration next week. If you know anyone who wants to join, please send them to our website www.stbasilsdance.ca
Thank you for your efforts and understanding in keeping the doors closed and locked and in keeping your boots tucked to the side and out of the walking path. Your diligence is much appreciated!
The link for the survey is: https://docs.google.com/
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Spooky Saturday dance, it was a blast! We hope to see you there next year.
Parent watch night is scheduled for the week of December 12-14 - so for the last few minutes of class, our instructors will invite us to see how our children are progressing through their dances. This will also be costume hand out night, so bring your dance bag if you have one (we have ones to lend you).
Also, please bring your refundable deposit, written to ULAS memo costumes, and we will return it to you when you bring back your costume. $100 per costume.
Finally, we’re selling black St. Basill’s Dance T-shirts and hoodies to raise funds for our competitions AND to advertise our school when we’re out and about. Click the link to go to our store to shop now. November 29 is the last day to place your orders, sooner is better. Thanks for participating!
Wednesday dance groups - you’re welcome to wear a costume to dance on October 26!
Dance Only Ticket for Adults and Youth are available. Children under 5 are free.
Mock-tails will be available for purchase. Buy your tickets before October 28 cutoff. No tickets will be available at the door.
Welcome to our new volunteer coordinator, secretary, Kupalo Dance Director!
Our new meeting night for board meetings is Thursdays, if you ever have questions or would like to sit in on one, please reach out.
This week (October 17, 18, 19) we will be creating our Art Cards for Kids projects, with the help of the Kusiek Family. Please bring markers or pencil crayons, or wax crayons and parents are welcome to help their children with their designs. We will use the first 10 minutes of each class and then please consider staying for a few minutes after your class to finish them up.
What we will do is send these posters in to Art Cards for Kids, we will obtain proofs (sample cards) with a website and access code to order cards and puzzles and plaques and Christmas ornaments for friends and family. St. Basil’s Dance will earn 40% in value on each purchase, so please, consider these your Christmas cards this year and multi purpose beautiful blank on the inside cards.
Please bring markers or pencil crayons, or wax crayons and parents are welcome to help their children with the artwork. We will use the first 10 minutes of each class and then please consider staying for a few minutes after your class to finish them. We won’t be sending any home to complete.
The Ukrainian Language Arts Society (ULAS) has offered full tuition scholarships for dancers at St. Basils School of Dance and Kupalo for the 2022-2023 dance season.
Each family please send one representative our virtual AGM. We promise to keep it short, sweet, and helpful! You’re invited on
Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 7:00PM at St. Basil’s Cultural Centre
The volunteer executive board positions are up for election each year, so if you have a little time, a little motivation (registrations, meeting minutes, casino, event planning) no experience necessary. We would love extra hands for a smooth year.
Our new registrations packages are live! Our NEW Schedule and Tuition page is up-to-date.
Thank you to our awesome instructors, Trish and Stephen, for preparing the students for performing infant of their family and friends. We had a beautiful morning, a beautiful lunch - thank you to St. Basil’s Cultural Centre for our first perogy lunch in a long time!
Keep the weekend of May 28, 2023 open for participating in this awesome Ukrainian cultural event.
We have Russel T-shirt sizers for trying on. They’re black and there are two versions, more fitted and less fitted.
Anyone can order, including for other supporters (grandparents/alumni) who’d like to buy or gift them too... we are just figuring out prices and then these will be available in our store for purchase until Wednesday November 2, to ensure a delivery before Christmas.
I’ll put these for sale in our website store as soon as possible.
You can also order black RUSSELL hoodies with white logos - $38 for adult sizes or $35 for youth sizes, price includes GST with a zipper or $36 and $34 for a hoodie without a zipper.
Please like us on Social Media (Instagram and Facebook). This is our main method of advertising, and more interaction means a wider range of people will learn about or organization. We also need as many positive Google Reviews as possible.
New dancers, we’d love to have you. Contact Our President Lynne if you have any questions.
Email our website coordinator. See the St. Basil’s Cultural Centre ad for an example.