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A holiday tradition continues--online

Shumka's beloved take of The Nutcracker is available for download this Christmas, to enjoy for years to come. Photo: Metro Creative Connection


It's been called a stunning take on a timeless classic, and the perfect first Nutcracker--a powerful and beautiful thing to behold.

Now for the first time, the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers has released the magic of Shumka’s Nutcracker on video for download. Featuring Shumka and guests from the Kyiv Ballet - National Opera of Ukraine, the famed Virsky Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble, the former Cite Ballet, Viter Ukrainian Folk Choir, and the Shumka School of Dance, this rendition of the Christmas classic promises the elegance of classical ballet blended with the power and grace of Ukrainian character dance.

Enhanced with Ukrainian Christmas traditions including choral carols, this luxurious production features additional music by Ukrainian composer Yuri Shevchenko, sets and costumes by the National Opera of Ukraine’s Maria Levitska, and choreographic direction from Kyiv Ballet’s Viktor Lytvynov. Additional choreography by Shumka’s John Pichlyk and Cite Ballet’s Jorden Morris.


The video from the December 2017 performances of the production at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton features a cast and crew of over 100. A $25 video download is available for purchase at only until January 15, 2021.

During the COVID pandemic, Shumka remains committed to serving the community while supporting the dedicated dancers, instructors, and staff who are all part of preserving the Shumka legacy. From regular online rehearsals involving 50 dancers in homes around the Edmonton area, to video dance instruction custom-made for each Shumka School dance class; from complimentary access to videos of past Shumka productions and their online dance workshops, to their fully-attended Summer Dance Camps in-studio in August, Shumka is adapting programming to the unique situation of today.

Shumka has postponed its Spring 2020 Shumka 60 On Tour dates until Fall 2021.