Vohon Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
Founded in 1988, Vohon is an Edmonton-based ensemble praised for its diverse talent and ability to bring the traditional into new cultural landscapes, as well as its incomparable presence on the stage from the moment the curtain opens to the final Hopak!
The ensemble is under the artistic direction of Trish Kushniruk and Garrett Nestorowich who bring over 70 years of dance and instructional experience to the group. Their unique styles combine to provide the dancers with challenging and innovative choreography, including both regional repertoire and character storyline pieces. Under this partnership, the group of over 40 dancers presents a skillful blend of Ukrainian folk dance, ballet, and contemporary dance. The result is a captivating display of Ukrainian Dance that is blazing a remarkable path for the ensemble around the world.
Vohon’s roots run deep with Ken Kachmar, co-founder of Vohon, acting as Business and Performance Director for the ensemble. In this role, Ken brings his expertise earned by years in the Ukrainian dance community to uncover exciting performance opportunities for Vohon.
Since its inception, Vohon has brought its blend of traditional, yet innovative Ukrainian dance choreography to local and international stages, including festivals across Western Canada, the United States, Australia, Germany, Scotland, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Japan, and most recently Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Vohon is truly a strong ambassador for Edmonton, as well as for the province and the country.