Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and Academy
Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and Academy was founded in 1996 as one of the schools of the late Roma Pryma Bohachevsky, renowned teacher and choreographer. Since 2004, Iskra has been under the artistic direction of Andrij Cybyk and has continued to grow and thrive. Today Iskra’s school consists of over 120 students ranging in age from 4 to 22. Under Mr. Cybyk’s tutelage the students learn and perform folk dances from various areas of Ukraine, always with careful attention to ethnographic details in both costumes and choreography.
Iskra’s school was one of only two Ukrainian folk dance youth ensembles chosen to perform at Lincoln Center in 2004 with Syzokryli, the renowned Ukrainian dance troupe, at a concert celebrating the life and works of the late Roma Pryma Bohachevsky.
The group can regularly be seen at Ukrainian festivals in the tri-state area, including 7th Street in New York City, Yonkers, Newark, Bound Brook, Morris County, and others. The dancers of Iskra’s school are particularly proud and pleased to share their love of their heritage with others. They have performed at “World Culture” events at Newark Academy and in the Westfield, Morristown, Morris Plains, Metuchen, and New Providence.
In 2011 Iskra broadened its horizons with the formation of a new performing ensemble, what Mr. Cybyk refers to as “the grown-up face of Iskra”. The Iskra Ensemble was seen in its debut performance in 2011 at the “Nadiya ye!” festival in Ellenville NY, and has been seen at the Wild West Ukie Fest in Phoenix, Arizona, parish jubilee celebration in Hunter, N.Y., Independence Day celebrations in Somerset, N.J., and Ukrainian Festivals in Toms River, N.J., Silver Spring, M.D. and Whippany N.J.
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