It was an afternoon of dance and culture when Wadena Vohon Ukrainian Dance held its annual recital on the afternoon of March 29 at the Wadena Community Legion Hall. More than 30 dancers entertained the near-capacity crowd of relatives and dance-lovers.
Master of ceremonies Chad Haskey introduced each dance and threw in a few jokes to keep the atmosphere light. Intermission was held halfway through the event, with food available for appetites piqued by watching the energetic dancing. Oh — and for the dancers too!
As well as the group dances, there were several family dances, duets, trios and solos. The dancers in the Berezuik and Stephaniuk families performed the family poltava dances. The trio dances featured dancers at different stages, from beginner to senior.
Instructor Amanda Yaschyshyn presented the awards at the end of the evening:
• Most Improved — Haylee Bindig.
• Most Dedicated — Kathryn Stephaniuk, who was also awarded a paid spot in an upcoming Ukrainian dance workshop.
• Most Promising — Dana Balaski.
• Spirit — Azlyn Ekstrom.
The dancers displayed great talent and dedication, and no doubt most will be back next year.
By Charlene Wirtz