One thing I love about Canada and being Canadian is the diverse cultural opportunities that are available. I have a Scottish background and have always loved to dance, so why then am I a Ukrainian dancer? I get asked that question a lot!! When I was 15 years old, I had the opportunity to become involved with a Ukrainian dance group in Victoria, B.C. and it was addicting and so much fun. When I moved to Calgary in the late 1990’s, the first thing I did (even before unpacking), was to check out Ukrainian dance groups in Calgary, as I couldn’t wait to get my red boots on again and perform. I have been dancing now in Calgary for 19 years, of which 17 years have been with the same Artistic Director. I’ve had the opportunity to dance for Queen Elizabeth II, tour across Canada, and also went on a four city cross-country tour of Australia (we actually toured there twice). Our dance group, Suzirya, is planning a trip to Ukraine in the summer of 2018, which will be my first time to visit this beautiful country. My introduction to the Coril Group was when our dance group performed for the annual Christmas party at the Hyatt in 2006. Little did I know that I would start working for the group just a year and a half later. I don’t plan on hanging up my red boots any time soon and I feel so fortunate that I’m able to participate in this great art form in such a wonderful country; Canada!!

Janet G – Coril Holdings Ltd.

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