Sopilka Ukrainian Dance School was founded in 1971, under the direction of Vicky Adams, as part of a Ukrainian language program at Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Parish. Initially the school was called the South Winnipeg School of Dance. Several years later the name was changed to Sopilka Ukrainian Dance School (SOPILKA: Ukrainian woodwind instrument).
Over the years Sopilka has continued to flourish, by proudly preserving Ukrainian culture through dance.
Sopilka Ukrainian Dance School offers a professional environment for Ukrainian dancers!
Our studio, located within Kazka Dance Collective, provides our dancers with sprung floors, mirrors and barres. This type of environment is essential in building strong and healthy dancers
Sopilka is the proud owner of an extensive costume wardrobe, allowing most students the opportunity to borrow a full costume provided by the school. There are instances however, where a Ukrainian shirt or blouse may be required for certain dances.
Each year, the School continues to build on its costume wardrobe. A Costume Rental Fee is built into Sopilka’s tuition fees in order to pay for regular maintenance of the costumes and provide funding towards the purchase of new pieces. Fundraising activities are a major contributor to this as well.
Our Director, Kristina Frykas, has been awarded Ukrainian Dance Instructor of the Year, by Ukrainian Dance Magazine.
For the three consecutive years, Sopilka Ukrainian Dance School, has been awarded Top Ukrainian Dance School at the Manitoba Ukrainian Dance Festival.
Other awards include, Adjudicator's Choice, Novice Hopak, and awards for solos, duets and trios. Our Instructors have also won multiple awards for choreography.