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Ukrainian Dancers Delight Residents of Peace River

February 22nd, 2023

On February 10, Points West Living Peace River welcomed the Peace River Muzyka Dancers to perform for residents.  The Muzyka dancers have entertained audiences with their colour and rhythms since the club’s conception in 1976.

The essence of Ukrainian culture is experienced through food, music, and dance.

The Peace River residents clearly enjoyed watching the dance performance, which was made up of both children and adults.

 “It is amazing what they can do,” said Sheila Antoniette.

Alex Siry was happy to come out and watch especially as one of the performers was his own grandson. “They are all extremely talented, I hope they come back again.”

As the performance was coming to an end resident John MacMillian stopped a couple of the performers and said, “You guys were really good. I hope you come back sooner than later.”

The club began in 1975 when a few women including Vikki Hrynyk, Ann Baranoski, Mary Goy and Dellena Freeland decided they wanted to start Ukrainian dancing.  

After looking for a Ukrainian dance instructor they discovered Brenda Muzyka from Edmonton.  Brenda would arrive on the bus every Saturday morning at 5 am for the lessons. The student dancers took turns picking her up and Brenda would head out on the 4 pm bus back to Edmonton. 

Brenda would bring material for the costumes and used newspaper to creat the patterns. The costumes required considerable cross-stitch embroidery work.

Today the club continues to be run by hard-working parent volunteers who give a lot of their time to keep the club going and the kids dancing.  The Muzyka dancers age from 3 years to 100 years according to the club website.

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