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Meet Tryzub's New Artistic Director, Shane Gibson! - Jul 13, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Shane Gibson has joined the Tryzub Family as the new Artistic Director of the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and Tryzub School of Ukrainian Dance. Shane brings to Tryzub a passion for dance and culture, significant accomplishments as an instructor, and enthusiastic leadership, and our dancers - young and young at heart - will excel under his guidance.

Shane Gibson is a former member and past President of the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, with whom he danced for more than 14 years. During his involvement with Shumka, he toured extensively throughout Canada, the United States and China as a cast member of Absolutely Shumka, Cobbler's Princess and Cinderella. Shane has received training in Character Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Musical Theatre and has worked and trained with with several celebrated artists in North America and Ukraine.

Shane has complimented his dance training with studies in gross human anatomy/physiology, biomechanics, and visual and performing arts. He has shared his love of dance with students across Western Canada as an Artistic Director, Instructor or Adjudicator and is currently focused on developing and delivering quality professional development and resources for Ukrainian dance instructors.

‚ÄčTryzub would like to thank Dean Mackedenski for his guidance as Interim Artistic Director this year. His efforts were critical to the success of Tryzub during this transition period, and his unwavering dedication to the Society has been greatly appreciated. We would also like to recognize the hard work of Richard Horbachewski and the Artistic Director Search Committee for their efforts in executing Tryzub's vision for this new era.