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Ukrainian Folk Dancing at Staller Center

Virsky-4Saturday, November 21, 8:00 pm

Famous for its brightly colored costumes and its staging—romantic, passionate, and exciting—the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company, a folk dance ensemble of 80 dancers and musicians, takes the stage at Staller Center on Saturday, November 21, at 8:00 pm.

The two-hour show features 16 traditional Ukrainian dances, including men’s fast spins, leaps, squatted hops and kicks, and handless cartwheels. One dance is a humorous contest between groups of tall and short men, while in another the men build a 5-foot-tall human chair. The large ensemble pieces feature peasant themes, and when all the dancing couples and musicians come on, they will fill the stage.

Ukrainian ballet master Pavlo Virsky was the founder and head of the ensemble from 1955 to 1975. Myroslav Vantukh has been in charge of the ensemble since 1980. The diverse programming embraces the charm of Ukrainian folk dancing and the beauty of the country’s traditions. First-class performances and a wealth of music have made the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company a favorite.

Tickets are $38; $35 for students and seniors, and half-price for children 12 and under. To order, visit www.stallercenter.com or call 632-ARTS.

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