Meet Viter's talented artistic team— bringing our vision for song and dance to life
Tasha Orysiuk, Artistic Director
Tasha Orysiuk is a highly respected and accomplished dance educator, adjudicator and choreographer in Canada, having trained extensively in various disciplines under internationally-renowned artists in Canada, the United States, England and Ukraine during her dance career.
Over the years Tasha achieved her Advanced Dance Certificates in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and national dancing, in addition to holding numerous other teaching credentials which make her a highly sought after instructor, examiner and adjudicator. Tasha is recognized for her work in the development and notation of the Shumka Dance Syllabus Academy's syllabi and complementary Classical Ballet Instructors Manual. Tasha has also created her own Ukrainian dance syllabi for pre-beginners and beginners. Throughout her career, Tasha has adjudicated at numerous festivals and competitions across Western Canada, while also receiving several choreographic accolades for her work as an educator.
As a resident of Toronto, Tasha toured internationally with the Arkan Dance Company, before embarking on a period of study at the Institute of Ukrainian Folk Dance in Lviv, Ukraine. She moved to Edmonton, joining the world-renowned Ukrainian Shumka Dancers in 1996, and had the opportunity to tour nationally with the company in the highly acclaimed productions of "Absolutely Shumka" and "Cinderella," in which she earned artistic acknowledgements for the latter. Another highlight of her performance career included being one of 14 Shumka dancers selected to tour the Eastern United States as part of "The Nutcracker - a ballet fantasy" along with members of the Kyiv Ballet of Ukraine in 1997 and 1999.
A member of Viter's artistic team since 2005, Tasha joined the company as Associate Director and has assisted in elevating the technical ability, strength, lyricism and training program for Viter's dancers. Tasha has been Viter's Artistic Director since 2013 and in leading the artistic team, she has been instrumental in creating vibrant presentations that preserve traditional Ukrainian cultural elements of song and dance.
In addition to her work with Viter, Tasha is a guest instructor for the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers. She has been an examiner and workshop presenter for the Shumka Dance Syllabus Academy since 2000 and has given several workshops at schools across Canada and the United States.
Lesia Pohoreski, Choral Director
Lesia formed the Viter Ukrainian Folk choir in 2008 and from a small enthusiastic group of fourteen singers, the choir has grown to include musicians and close to forty energetic voices under her direction.
As the conductor of the Edmonton CYMK choir and a Ukrainian children’s choir in Sherwood Park, she realized her calling and chose teaching as her profession. Lesia currently teaches fine arts and Ukrainian language at St. Theresa Catholic Middle School in Sherwood Park. She has been instrumental in implementing a performing arts program at the school.
Lesia is thrilled to be a part of the Viter team and says that she is living her dream of having the opportunity to blend traditional Ukrainian folk music with the repertoire of the dancers. Lesia’s artistic flair is evident in the multiple projects she undertakes. Whether working with students in her school or directing singing, her passion and enthusiasm are echoed in the resonance her choirs create.
Stephan Pacholok, Dance Instructor
Stephan is always excited to share his passion for Ukrainian-Canadian folk dance and culture with his students. He started dancing at age 6, and danced with Viter Ukrainian Dancers between 2006-08. After leaving Viter, he went on to dance with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers (2008-2015), with whom he toured internationally and across Canada.
As an instructor, Stephan has taught at the Shumka School of Dance, and has worked at various summer camps as well. He is excited to take the next step in his teaching career by joining the amazing and wonderfully talented Viter team. Stephan graduated from the University of Alberta with a biology degree, and works as an in-home consultant with Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton. He is an avid traveller, reader, and musician, and is very excited to be working with Viter.