Philadelphia Voloshky School Of Dance Celebrates 40 Years

Sunday, May 19th, 2 pm at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pa.

Voloshky School of Dance is celebrating 40 joyous years of teaching and educating thousands of students in the Philadelphia Tri-State area in the beauty and art of dance, music, and culture. The event and concert will take place on Sunday, May 19, 2013, 2 pm at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pa.

Through their work over many years and week after week, the school’s children have had the opportunity to study with talented and experienced instructors. Through year-end recitals and other performances, parents, family and friends proudly enjoy the creative expression of Ukrainian spirit and soul through dance. Generations of youngsters have developed a love of dance and culture; and have created life-long memories, skills, and relationships. Many continue to nurture these through their college years and adulthood. Some of the school’s graduates have moved on to perform with professional dance organizations while others cherish the experience throughout their lives.

Artists Voloshky School of Dance

Under the direction of Oleh Goudimiak, 150 children aged 4 through 16 will perform in their annual concert. Program includes repertoire from various areas of Ukraine with each dance portraying unique character, costumes, and music of the region.

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble represents Ukrainian culture through dance. Voloshky’s unique blend of styles has positioned the company as a leading cultural ambassador, simultaneously representing Ukrainian arts as well as the rich dynamic pluralism of the United States.

Voloshky is dedicated to fostering and promoting cultural exchanges between Ukrainians and the global community through world-class artistic performances. As a Ukrainian dance company founded in the United States in 1972, Voloshky combines Ukrainian and American esthetics, drawing upon classical, contemporary and folkloric styles to create powerful trans-cultural programs that cross-pollinate diverse audiences. See more at

Krunoslav Špišić

Kruno, originally from Kitchener, Ontario, was exposed to Croatian culture from an early age. Since age 5, he studied Croatian music and folklore; and performed with and taught in Kraljica Jelena Croatian Folklore Ensemble.  Throughout his high school years, Kruno also studied guitar, piano, and music theory.  Kruno attended Duquesne University, where he continued to study music, earning a degree as an audio engineer, while performing with the Duquesne University Tamburitzans.  Earning a second degree in music education from Western University in London, Ontario, Kruno exploded onto the music scene with his exciting blend of Gypsy Jazz and Balkan fusion.

Kruno moved to the US in 2002 and formed the Kruno Špišić Gypsy Jazz Ensemble. Together with internationally-recognized composer, Vjekoslav Dimter, the duo created a new branch of gypsy jazz by fusing Eastern European folk traditions with Django swing.  Recent highlights include New York’s Birdland Djangofest, international tour engagements, and several CDs.  Kruno continues to perform at folk festivals and jazz clubs throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan, bringing this unique blend of swing and folk themes to delighted audiences everywhere.

Oleh Goudimiak – Director of the School of Voloshky

Oleh Goudimiak, a native of Lviv, Ukraine, began his dance training at age 6 in the children’s school of Ukrainian folk dance at the Palace of Youth in Lviv. After completing studies in 1978, Oleh was accepted by the prestigious Ukrainian folk ensemble “Yunist.” At the time, the ensemble was led by the current artistic director of the renowned Virsky National Ukrainian Dance Company, Myroslav Vantukh, noted professor and National Artist of Ukraine.

Oleh’s first experience as a leader came while serving in the army. Over the course of two years he directed the military folk ensemble. Upon completing his service in the army, Oleh was accepted to the Institute of Technology and Design in Kyiv. There he was selected to be the director of the Institute’s Ukrainian folk ensemble. During his five years in Kyiv, he also participated in the dance group “Horlytsya,” directed by Yevhen Vasilievich Zaytsev, dean of the Institute of Culture. In 1988, Oleh returned to Lviv where he continued dancing in the ensemble “Halychyna.” Throughout the course of his career, Oleh toured and performed in almost all of Europe, as well as the United States and Canada.

In 1994, Oleh emigrated to the United States and seized the opportunity to join and teach in the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and the Voloshky School. Oleh worked for more than ten years as the Ensemble’s character ballet master, advancing to the position of assistant director.

In 2010, Oleh was appointed director of the School of the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.

Oleh is married with two children, Ira and Yulia. Both Ira and Yulia danced in the Voloshky School, as well as with the Duquesne University Tamburitzans.

Voloshky School of Dance is supported by class fees and annual concerts; by its talented artistic and administrative staff, tireless parents and volunteers; and by donations from its patrons and friends.

Voloshky School of Dance is a non-profit, federally recognized 501-C3 organization.


In lieu of tickets for this celebration, Voloshky School of Dance is suggesting a donation at the door: 40 quarters ($10) or $40 or anything in between.

Voloshky School of Dance, 700 North Cedar Road, Jenkintown, Pa., 19046

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One Comment

  1. George M. Alvarez-Bouse says:

    The ‘Philadelphia News’ deserves much credit for its announcement of the Voloshky School of Dance 40th Anniversary event. The thoroughness and enthusiasm reflected in the authors’ (?) account seems to me to come from the journalists, the paper, and finally the company itself. The picture is an admirable mirror for all of this. I wish I could be there, and I hope the News will consider giving a little analysis of the event itself–something of a judgment of the year’s work of the students and the impact of their resident and guest teachers and choreographers. Thanks for this effort.


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