After 20 years of teaching Ukrainian dance and experiencing the constant pressure to find appropriate rental space, Kristina Frykas has created her own studio. It is a space where Sopilka Ukrainian Dance School and Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble will call home, allowing them to thrive in an environment that provides the elements of a professionally run dance studio.
Also making a home at the studio will be a selection of professionally run classes for the community. Classes will include creative movement, ballet, character and dance-based fitness. The classes Kristina offers focus on artistry, joy of movement and the feeling of belonging to a community. While these classes are available to everyone, they provide strong supplementary training to anyone enrolled in folk dance of various styes that Winnipeg's dance community is so well known for.
KAZKA is the Ukrainian word for fairy tale, and COLLECTIVE is a group of people coming together to share a common philosophy. Kristina presents to you her own personal fairy tale: KAZKA DANCE COLLECTIVE.
Our mission is to provide a safe, welcoming and professionally run dance studio. The focus is to reach the folk dance community so the elements required for a dance class such as sprung floors, mirrors, barres and a professional sound system can be made available.
Our vision is to create a professional dance environment open to the community 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.
Kristina Frykas (Washchyshyn) is a graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Teacher Training Program and holds her Licentiate teaching designation with the Cecchetti Society of Canada and Cecchetti International Classical Ballet. She has been artistic staff at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in the Recreational School and Professional School’s Teacher Training Program for twenty years. Kristina is a former board member of Dance Manitoba and was Manitoba Representative to the Cecchetti Society of Canada.
Within the Ukrainian community, Kristina is the School Director of Sopilka Ukrainian Dance School. Under her direction the school has been recognized by the Manitoba Ukrainian Dance Festival as the top school in the province for three consecutive years. She has received multiple awards for her choreography and was the recipient of the 2019-2020 Instructor of the Year Award presented by Ukrainian Dance World.
Kristina is proud to be Artistic Director of Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Troyanda is a group of passionate, charismatic and talented young adults. Under her direction, the ensemble has acquired many new pieces of choreography, created the Manitoba Ukrainian Dance Festival, embarked on a multi-country European tour, appeared in the International Ukrainian Dance and Culture Festival in Ukraine and performed “Trepak” in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.
Kristina's past experiences include instruction at the UNF School of Dance, Rossdale School of Dance, and Ukrainian Academy of Dance in Toronto, plus she was the Ballet Mistress and Technical Director for Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. She is an alumna of Verba Ukrainian Dance Company and Arkan Dance Company of Toronto.
To further her studies as a director, choreographer, dancer and dance educator, Kristina has travelled to Ukraine several times. She has also attended Ukrainian dance workshops in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Kristina has had the pleasure of adjudicating several festivals across Canada.
It is through these experiences that her desire to create Kazka Dance Collective was born.
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