Traditions of Ukraine: Performer and Artist Profiles

Ukrainian dance ensemble

As we prepare for February’s Language of Food: Traditions of Ukraine event, we would like to give you a glimpse of the wonderful performers that will be sharing their talents with the Whidbey community for the evening.

These performers are coming to NWLA through collaboration with the Ukrainian American Club of Washington. The UACW was founded in 1971 with the vision of sharing and promoting Ukrainian culture and traditions in Washington. More information about the UACW can be found on their website.

honey viter 1974

Members of the local Ukrainian folk dance ensemble, “Hony Viter” performed at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry during the “Christmas Around the World” festival in 1974.

1. Ukrainian dance ensemble, Barvinok, consists of several age groups, from young children to adults, which perform as troops within the ensemble.

ukrainian dance ensemble

The purpose of the Barvinok ensemble, aside from sharing the wonderful traditions of Ukrainian dance with the world, is “to teach authentic Ukrainian regional folk dances to youth for the purpose of maintaining a dynamic performance ensemble, and to preserve and promote this rich artistic legacy”. Visit the Barvinok website for more information and photos of the ensemble’s performances. Children’s ensemble, Sonechko, will also be present at the NWLA event.

ukrainian dance ensemble barvinok

2. Ukrainian choir, Serpanok, is a new addition to the UACW community and has performed at several Club events to great acclaim. A video of the choir performing a New Year carol can be found here.