Faculty 2022 - 2023
Shane Gibson - Artistic Director
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.
Vitali was a dancer with the National Honoured Academic Dance Ensemble of Ukraine, Virsky for 6 years. He also danced with the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Zaporizhia Regional Philarmonic from 2006-2022.
Since 2003 he has shared his talents with the Baida Children's Folk Ensemble in Ukraine as a choreographer and later as Artistic Director. His dancers have participated in festivals and competitions throughout Ukraine and internationally.
Christine began her Ukrainian dance career at age five, and was a student of Tryzub School for eleven years. In 2007 she joined Tryzub's School faculty striving to share her love of dance with her students. She has studied Ukrainian dance, ballet, and musical theatre under several very talented instructors, including Anna Kanevets and Shane Gibson.
Christine has been performing with the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble since 2008; her career highlights have included international tours to Mexico, Turkey, Panama, and Colombia, national productions of Razom and Razom 2, and most recently the 45th anniversary tour of Heroiam Slava-Glory to the Heroes in Canada and Ukraine. Tryzub has always been a primary focus of Christine's life and family; both her parents are Tryzub alumni, and her husband danced with her in the Ensemble. Christine's ultimate goal as a dancer is to break the record for Tryzub's highest performance count. In addition to being a dance instructor Christine works fulltime as a chemical engineer.
Alexandra is an active member of the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, having toured with them in Western Canada and in Ukraine in 2019. In 2007, she began dancing with Tryzub School of Ukrainian Dance followed by Junior Tryzub under the instruction of Anna Kanevets, Vasyl Kanevets, Christine Biss, Anne Copeland, Dean Mackedenski, and Shane Gibson.
Having participated in the dance instructor apprentice program under Shane Gibson last year and assisting at Tryzub's summer dance camps, Alexandra is looking forward to sharing her love of Ukrainian dance with the students this upcoming year.
She will be attending Mount Royal University in the fall for her first year of studies.