Sopilka School of Ukrainian Dance

Creating Magic Through Dance


The Sopilka School of Ukrainian Dance is a group of children and young adults who have endeavoured to recreate some of the finest examples of Ukrainian Folklore through the art of dance. They have captured the true spirit of the land of their forefathers, Ukraine – a country known for its rich heritage. Sopilka has showcased the love for Ukrainian culture not only in Vegreville and Alberta; but also throughout Canada and internationally. The group has attracted wide attention with their extraordinary performances. Talent and determination have propelled the Sopilka School of Ukrainian Dance over the past 32 years.

The goals and objectives of the Sopilka School of Ukrainian Dance are:

  • Provide instruction in the art of Ukrainian dance
  • Promote and preserve Ukrainian heritage
  • Encourage and enhance the appreciation of Ukrainian culture
  • Provide an opportunity for the students to travel to other areas and for them to perform before audiences both large and small

Dance Season: September 25, 2017 – May 15, 2018

Classes and Cost: All Class Times are TBA, Venues are either Social Centre Hall B or Cultural Studio

GROUP                     COST                           INSTRUCTOR                        VENUE

YELLOW                    $275                                KELSEY                    CULTURAL STUDIO

GREEN                      $300                                CINDY                       SOCIAL CENTRE

BLUE                         $350                                TBA                           TBA

RED                           $400                                TBA                           TBA

BLACK                       $525                                TBA                           TBA

ENSEMBLE               $800                                KELSEY                    CULTURAL STUDIO

ADULT                       $350                                CINDY                       SOCIAL CENTER 

Included in the above fees are: Individual and Group photos; Group competition fees; Group costume rental and cleaning. However, the Ensemble is required to purchase their own Hopak costume.

COSTUMES: What do you need to own?

At Sopilka we are fortunate enough to have club owned costumes. Therefore dancers are only required to own:

  • Footwear: Chosen by the instructors for each level; you will be informed once the instructor has decided.
  • Miscellaneous items: Such as black knee-high socks for boys (2 pair), tights (Bloch light tan), white booty shorts and white tank tops for girls.
  • Damage deposits: In the form of an undated cheque are required when you receive the costume and will be returned to you when the costume is returned to the group parent and checked for damage (beyond normal wear)

Costumes rented to club members for solos, duets, trios, quartets, etc. will be charged a fee of $25 per additional costume, payable when costume is received.


Payment plans: Cash or Cheque

Full payment: October 16, 2017

3 Payments: October, November, & December 15, 2017

6 Payments: October, November, December, 2017 and January, February, & March 15, 2018

  • All post-dated cheques must be handed in on or before October 16, 2017
  • All payment arrangements must be made by October 16, 2017
  • There will be a $75.00 NSF Fee for returned cheques.

Resignation: Prior to January 1, 2018, a medical note is required for refunds. If dancer quits after January 1, 2017, refunds will NOT be allowed.


Annual General Meeting:

Will be held on September 25, 2017 at the Cultural Centre, commencing at 6:15 pm.

General Meetings:

Will be held on the 1st dance Monday of every 2nd month, starting at 6:15 pm, at the Cultural Centre. Dates are: November 6, 2017, January 8, 2018, March 5, 2018 and May 7, 2018.

Executive Meetings:

Will be held on the 1st dance Monday of every 2nd month starting at 6:15 pm, at the Cultural Centre. Dates are: October 2, 2017, December 4, 2017, February 5, 2018, April 9, 2018 and June 4, 2018.


ALL PARENTS are encouraged and welcomed to volunteer on the executive and other committees.

  • Casino: Workers will be drawn from the family list. If chosen, it is your responsibility to supply a worker or find a replacement. Next casino date is for 2017’s fourth quarter: October, November or December.
  • Zabava 2018: Saturday, February 3, 2018. One (1) volunteer shift.
  • Pryvit 2018: Tuesday, May 15, 2018. One (1) volunteer shift.


Fundraisers: Each family is required to raise $300 each

RED BOOT Cash Raffle: Each family is requested to sell 30 tickets worth $10 each

  • Selling 30 Red Boot Raffle tickets would complete your fundraising commitment.
  • Additional fundraisers will be available.
  • If a dance family has met their fundraising commitment, they can voluntarily fundraise for another dance family
  • There is always the option to buy out your fundraising commitment.


  • 2 - $225 undated bond cheques per family
  • 1 - $300 Casino bond cheque per family

Reasons for cashing bond cheques: unpaid fees, unfulfilled participation or fundraising commitments, missed performances (competitions, Pysanka Festival, Seniors Tour and workshops) without prior notice given, and/or chronic tardiness. Bond cheques can be carried year to year and will be returned or shredded when the dancer is no longer dancing.


Two competitions for each group will be selected (plus Pysanka Festival) from the following list with the approval from the Executive and Instructors. Competition fees will be paid for two dances per group with exception to Ensemble where the club will pay for 3 dances.

  • St. Michael Kalyna Festival – March 2-5 2018 (exact dates TBA)
  • Camrose Culture Fuze Dance Festival – March 09-11, 2018
  •  Veeteretz Ukranian Festive (Fort Saskatchewan) -- March 9-11, 2018
  • Lloydminster Ukrainian Festival – TBA
  • Vermilion Ukrainian Dance Festival - April 20 – 22, 2018
  • North Battleford Festival – TBA
  • Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Festival (St. Albert) -- TBA
  •  Vegreville Pysanka Festival -- July 5-7, 2018 Should be full competition this year, and we will attend


Classes are held every Monday starting September 25, 2017 till May 07, 2018, except for the following:

  • October 9, 2017 – Thanksgiving
  • November 13, 2017 – Fall Break
  • December 25, 2017 & January 1, 2018 – Christmas break
  • February 19, 2018 – Family Day
  • March 26, 2018 – Spring Break
  • April 2, 2018 – Easter Monday

Rehearsals are held the day prior to Zabava, February 2 2018 and Pryvit, May 14, 2018.

A rehearsal will be held on June 25, 2018 for Pysanka Festival.


Dancers are to wear proper dance attire and footwear to classes. Both instructors prefer dancers to wear black practice wear, and no jewelry (aside from stud earings) is allowed.

                               Boys: stretchy joggers, sweatpants (not overly baggy), or shorts, t-shirts are to be no longer than hip length.
                               Girls: leggings, shorts w/tights, bodysuit with tights(and/ or dance skirt), tank tops, t-shirts. Hair is to be pulled back
                                          into  a bun or braids ( pony tails hit other dancers when partnering)


One workshop will be held for all dancers attending competition. Attendance is mandatory as the dancers could learn up to a complete dance, and then classes focus on polishing this dance.

Exact times and date will be announced soon after placements are finished. Looking to schedule in late October, early November.


It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the Group Parent if the student is unable to attend a class. If you can’t contact the group parent, then contact the president prior to 3 pm on class night.

If workshops or three classes have been missed, it is the instructors’ discretion if the student will be removed from choreography.


Students must arrive ten minutes prior to the scheduled class time. When a student is late for class, it is found to be very disruptive. If this occurs on a frequent basis, the instructor will discuss with the president, then the president will notify the parents. If tardiness continues, student may be removed from choreography.


Group dances and music are shared by the instructors in the form of video. These videos are intended for the dancers to practice and learn, and are not to be shared outside of the group. These videos are property of Sopilka School and the instructors, and sharing them on social media could result in removal from the school.


  1. Instructor(s) to provide verbal warning of inappropriate behavior to student, parent and president.
  2. Parent and president will be notified in writing if student’s behavior does not improve after the verbal warning.
  3. If the behavior continues then the instructor informs the executive; which may result in student’s suspension or dismissal from the club.

Thank you for choosing Sopilka, and welcome to our family. We will strive to make this year an enjoyable experience for both the student and parent. We encourage all parents to get involved, volunteer for the executive, and attend general meetings to foster communication and understanding.

Sopilka – 32 Years and Still Dancing!

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