Kazka is the Ukrainian word for fairy tale. Inspired by fairy tales and stories through movement, veteran dance instructor Kristina Frykas opened boutique Kazka Dance Collective in 2019 to create a new dance and movement experience for people of all ages. Inspired to provide joy and meaningful connection through movement, Kazka is a new kind of dance community in Winnipeg.
Driven by artistic expression, all Kazka classes are centred on the joy of movement and the collective sense of community created through a shared dance experience.
Inspired by community and connection, Kazka has a dance class for every one. For children, Kazka offers engaging ballet and jazz classes. Adult class offerings include ballet, Pilates Plus, Ballet Fitness and Kazka’s new and popular exclusive Hopakercise infusion class. All classes are currently offered both online and in person.
Our mission is to provide a safe, welcoming and professionally run dance studio to the greater community as well as provide rental space for smaller dance and fitness organizations.
Our vision is to create a professional dance environment that is safe, affordable and professionally managed. Focus is on the quality of instruction and development of healthy mind and body rather than on the competitive nature of the commercial dance and fitness industry.
For a person to invest themselves in either dance or fitness classes, they must feel they are in an environment that is safe and clean. It is of the utmost importance that these basic but important needs are met for each and every client who walks through the door.
A graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Teacher Training Program, Kristina Frykas holds her Licentiate teaching designation with the Cecchetti Society of Canada and Cecchetti International Classical Ballet.
Kristina was a senior member of the artistic staff at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Recreational School and the Professional School’s Teacher Training Program for nearly 20 years. As well as being a ballet teacher, Kristina is certified in both Progressing Ballet Technique and Pilates.
An advocate for the Manitoba dance community, Kristina is a former board member of Dance Manitoba and has acted as the Manitoba Representative to the Cecchetti Society of Canada.
A partner of the Kazka Dance Collective, Kristina is also the School Director of the Sopilka Ukrainian Dance School. Under her direction the school has been awarded top Ukrainian dance school by the Manitoba Ukrainian Dance Festival for three consecutive years. Kristina has received multiple national awards for her choreography and was the recent recipient of the esteemed 2018-2019 Instructor of the Year Award presented by Ukrainian Dance World.
A passionate life long learner, Kristina frequently travels to Ukraine to continue her studies as a director, choreographer, dancer and dance educator. A trusted authority in dance, Kristina has had the honour of adjudicating several dance festivals across Canada throughout her career.
It is through these collective experiences Kristina found inspiration to create the Kazka Dance Collective.