Faculty 2021 - 2022
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 several celebrated artists in North America and Ukraine.
Shane has complemented 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.
Alex Tarasenko - Lead and Assistant Instructor
Alex started dancing at the age of 12 with Tryzub School and subsequently Junior Tryzub; loving it ever since.
He has been a member of the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble since 2014.
Studying under Shane Gibson, Vasyl Kanevets, and Anna Kanevets has brought Alex a wealth of knowledge and experience in boys' tricks which he shares with the students of Tryzub School. Alex is proud to assist with Junior Tryzub and looks forward to instructing with Tryzub School for his sixth year!
Natasha Krochak - RAD Ballet Instructor
Miss Natasha brings with her over 2 decades of dance experience. Since the age of 3, she has been training in ballet and Ukrainian dance. She has completed RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) ballet exams Primary to Grade 8, as well as vocational exams Intermediate Foundation to Advanced 2. Miss Natasha has been teaching ballet, Ukrainian and lyrical for the past 10 years, and has loved every moment.
She is a graduate with a Bachelors in Commerce in Operations Management from the University of Calgary, with a minor in dance. She has since finished her teacher training and is now a certified instructor with the RAD.
As a member of the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, she is very excited to start teaching ballet to the students of Tryzub School and anyone else who wants to join in.