History

In September of 1974, seven dedicated individuals put together the framework for the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and Calgary's first prominent Ukrainian dance group was created. The Ensemble was named after the Tryzub ('trident' in English, pronounced tre-zoob), which is the national symbol of a free Ukraine. This ancient emblem has endured within the hearts of all Ukrainians as a symbol of honesty, health, power and protection from evil. The objective of the Ensemble is to preserve and promote Ukrainian dancing and to spread this aspect of Ukrainian-Canadian culture within the multicultural community.

Tryzub is a non-profit, non-affiliated charitable organization, managed by a Board of Directors comprised of dancers and dedicated volunteers. The Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Society hosts several major annual events, including our fundraising Zabava dinner and dance and the Tryzub School of Ukrainian Dance Zabava.

The Ensemble has previously staged, four full-length productions, Celebration Tryzub, Glorious and Free, Reflections of the Soul, and Awakenings. Tryzub has performed extensively throughout Western Canada, the United States, Australia, Mexico, Turkey, Panama, and Colombia. They have been featured at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games, the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show in 1992, 1997 and 2001, and the 1993 Canadian Football League Championship Grey Cup game. Tryzub has also performed several times at the Vegreville Pysanka Festival, Vesna Festival in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Canada's National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin, Manitoba, most recently in 2017.

In 2009, Tryzub formed a partnership with the Cheremosh Ukrainian Dancers in Edmonton, Alberta and Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble in Winnipeg, Manitoba to present Razom, a full-length stage production featuring the repertoire of the participating dance ensembles. This crowd-pleasing concept returned in 2013 for Razom 2, featuring the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Yevshan Ukrainian Folk Ballet Ensemble (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Tavria Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble (Regina, Saskatchewan), and Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Tryzub cherishes the friendships developed on these revolutionary Canadian tours.