Shane Gibson - Artistic Director//Lead Instructor

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. Shane has successfully created an original full length production for Tryzub's Ensemble titled Heroiam Slava - Glory to the Heroes; taking this on tour to Ukraine in the summer of 2019 and Western Canada in the fall of 2019.

Oleksandra Kondratyeva - Lead Instructor

Ms. Kondratyeva was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, and studied dance at the National Ballet School of Kyiv where in 1998 she received her professional ballet dancer diploma. Her performing career with the Kyiv State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet for Children and Youth gave her the opportunity to perform in such ballets as Giselle, Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliette, La Bayadere, and Swan Lake. She performed, choreographed, and rehearsed with Canada's Shumka Dancers for the Annual Shumka Gala, and in 2005 Ms. Kondratyeva was a part of the Royal Christmas USA Tour with Andrea Bocelli together with the National Ballet of Ukraine. In 2006 she completed her masters degree in the theory and critique of choreography, and holds an honours teaching degree as a ballet master in choreography and directing from the Kiev State Academy of Professional Directors of Culture and Arts. In 2010 Ms. Kondratyeva joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division artistic faculty where she taught ballet, pointe, character, and conditioning classes. In 2017 Ms. Kondratyeva joined the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary as a sessional ballet instructor. She also was invited to adjudicate at World Ballet Art Competition Canadian Grand Prix 2017 and 2018 in Calgary.In 2018 she began teaching at the Professional Division of the H/W School of Ballet in Calgary.

Dean Mackedenski - Lead Instructor

Dean began his journey of Ukrainian dance in rural Manitoba at age six. He studied classical and character ballet at the Wade Dance Centre and began instructing in 2001 when he created the Vinok Ukrainian Dance Group in Rossburn, MB. Having moved to Alberta in 2005, Dean is an alumnus of the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and current Artistic Director of the Lethbridge Troyanda Ukrainian Dancers. Dean has created award winning musical theatre choreography for Front Row Centre in Calgary, and teaches dance workshops throughout Western Canada. Dean has been an instructor with Tryzub School of Ukrainian Dance since 2007 and continues to share his passion of Ukrainian dance with students young and old.