The 5th Annual Ukrainian Festival
The Calgary Journal was at the 5th Annual Ukrainian Festival on June 7th to take in traditional dance, food and art, as well as the various charity initiatives on display. Coming to a head with the Zabava, described as ‘a dance-off like no other’, the festival was a whirlwind of activity. Here are some of our favorite shots.
Photos by Max Foley
Published on June 13, 2014
‘Cozak’-style dancing is a flurry of movement – stillness is rare, and the clapping incorporated helps the dancers keep time.
Jumping is also a big part of this style of dance. Men and women alike have a surprising amount of airtime involved in their routines.
The costumes worn for these performances are styled after traditional Cozak wear. Bright embroidered patterns, flowered crowns and long flowing fabrics come standard.
Highly choreographed and masterfully synchronized, each member of the troupe is expected to keep up with the rigorous movements involved in Cozak dance.
Practice starts at a young age – this young lady was one of several girls following in their siblings’ footsteps.
Young Cozaks show their moves to what must’ve been an intimidatingly large audience, painstakingly practicing their art.