Hopak, the national dance of Ukraine, is a stunning showcase of grace and acrobatics celebrating the strength, joy and passion of the Ukrainian people.
This dance’s status as a showstopping crowd favorite has made it the decades long defacto finale for BYU’s International Folk Dance performances. On Saturday, March 26, you can join in tribute as the ensemble continues the tradition, closing this one-night only show at the KHS auditorium with an especially timely performance of Hopak.
With a beautiful array of ethnic costumes and props, BYU’s International Folk Dance Ensemble presents a program of dances from many nations, including Ireland, Romania, India, China, Ukraine and the United States, in a world-class performance the whole family will love. Since 1964, the ensemble has represented the United States and American culture at folk dance festivals throughout the world.
In addition, the group regularly presents its international repertoire throughout the United States and Canada. The International Folk Dance Ensemble is highly ac- BYU’s International Folk Dance Ensemble to present Hopak, the National Dance of Ukraine, as the finale to their one-night only performance in Kanab on March 26. claimed for its skillful dancing, artistry, and energy.
Their show, titled ‘Journey: Reflections’, shares strength from the past through traditional music and dance. Join the dancers for 90 minutes as they portray cultures from all over the world. Experiencing the ensemble’s furious footwork, pulsing rhythms, live music, and vibrant costumes will leave you with a special kind of wanderlust. Through a variety of dances - American clogging, Irish soft shoe, Indian bhangra, Ukrainian hopak, and more - ‘Journey: Reflections’ invites all to look back and reflect on the path that has shaped us into who we are today and to find unity in differences. Despite their diverse appearances, the dances are all about our shared human experiences and the things that matter most.
Tickets are available at www.kanabarts.org and at www.thewduo. com. Family groups of three or more can save some money by using the promo code “family” to get 20 percent off their total purchase.
This show is affordably priced, thanks to the generous support of the Kanab Arts Board, the Kane County Office of Tourism, Parry Lodge and Honey’s Marketplace. This show is presented as a non-profit service to the community and all donations are tax deductible.