KAMSACK - The Sadok Ukrainian Dance Club in Kamsack will begin its 18th year of dance in Kamsack on Thursday, September 30 with an open house and free lessons for the evening.
The Sadok Ukrainian Dance Club was started in the fall of 2004 with the premise of celebrating Ukrainian culture through the art of dance and music. The founder of the club, AnnaLee Parnetta, will be returning as the club instructor and is looking forward to a year of dance in spite of COVID-19 and all of its challenges.
During the 2020-21 dance season, Sadok was very fortunate to dance from October until the end of March with very little interruption in spite of the challenging COVID guidelines regarding sport and dance in the province. The dancers were able to put together dances that were then videotaped and submitted to Tavria’s Ukrainian Dance Virtual Festival in Regina in early April. To wrap up the dance year the videotaped dances were compiled into a “concert” type video and the dancers and their families were able to enjoy an evening of being able to watch the concert theatre style and celebrate a year of successful dancing.
The 2020-21 dance year happened because of the dedicated work of the executive and the parents by making sure that dancers followed the COVID-19 protocols of masking and distancing, and also making sure our dance space was sanitized between practices.
A huge thank you goes out the Playhouse Theatre committee for allowing Sadok to continue their dance year in the Playhouse. With much of last year being a huge learning curve of accommodating safety so dance could happen, Sadok is looking forward to another year of dance as we navigate the unknown.
This year Sadok will offer classes that follow the updated COVID-19 protocols that outline when and where masking is required along with distancing guidelines. Practices will be held every Thursday evening from October until early May. It is also the hope of the club that the dancers will be able to participate in a couple of dance competitions in the spring of 2022.
Sadok will also be holding its annual Ukrainian Christmas Basket raffle so be sure to watch for ticket sales starting in November and the draw for the basket happening in time for Ukrainian Christmas in early January.
To make participation easier for families, most of the regional costumes that the dancers wear on stage are provided by the club, keeping costs low for families. As well, you don’t have to be Ukrainian to participate. Learning about the dance of any culture is fun and creates and appreciation for keeping culture diversity alive in our community. So, come out to our Open House at the Kamsack Playhouse Theatre and check out the fun of dance Ukrainian style. Ages 3-5 are invited to come for a free class from 5:30pm and 6:00pm, ages 6-9 between 6:00pm and 6:30pm, ages10-12 between 6:30pm and 7:15pm, and 13 and above 7:15pm - 8:15pm.