Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir
Edmonton’s Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir have become recognized internationally for their energy and innovation. Over the twenty-two year history of the group, the direction has evolved from being the senior dance group of the Shumka School of Dance to an independent organization comprising of dancers and choir.
After many years as a young group of dancers, in 2008 Viter’s performances were further enhanced when a choir was formed to expand Viter from just dancers to an Ensemble. The result is a group of choristers and musicians who interact with the dancers, creating an entertaining and harmonious blend of storytelling.
Currently under the directorship of Dance Director Anna Kanevets and Choral Director Lesia Pohoreski, Viter continues to attract talented members with diverse training and has taken its place among the major Ukrainian performing groups in Canada. With the addition of the element of song to Viter's landscape, Anna works closely with Viter's Choral Director, Lesia Pohoreski, to create a harmonious blend of storytelling unique to Viter.
Since its inception, Viter has endeavoured to share their productions with appreciative audiences in Edmonton, across Canada, and around the world. The Ensemble performed to enthusiastic audiences in Brazil, Argentina, Croatia, Austria, and is proud to have returned to Ukraine on 5 separate occasions. In July 2016 Viter undertook their most recent and exciting tour of Ukraine, performing at sold-out theatres in 5 major cities. The standing-room only audiences in Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Chernivtsi, Vinnytsia and Kyiv were smitten with the talent and passion the members exhibited, many of whom are 5th and 6th generation Ukrainian Canadians. While in Lviv, Viter also took part in the Inaugural International Ukrainian Dance and Culture Festival.
Today Viter is known as a major performing ensemble in Canada, recognized for infusing the folk art of traditional Ukrainian dance and song with modern themes. We invite you to invite you to enjoy the sensory spectacle and cultural splendour that is the Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir!