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Golden Yalenka dancers shine in provincial festival

The Yalenka Ukrainian dancers attended the 16th Annual B.C. Ukrainian cultural festival in Mission May 1. The festival included 12 Ukrainian dance groups from B.C. and Seattle.
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The Yalenka Ukrainian dancers attended the 16th Annual B.C. Ukrainian cultural festival in Mission May 1.

The festival included 12 Ukrainian dance groups from B.C. and Seattle. The Yalenka senior dancers received three gold medals and two silver medals for the five regional dances they performed.

The senior dancers also took the trophy for the highest mark in the Hopak dance category. The Yalenka intermediate dancers attended the festival for the first time and received a gold medal and a silver medal for the two dances they performed. The dancers' success was made possible by teachers Shane Gibson, Stephanie Mynen, Brenden Kuzma, Sarah Fleck and Kayla Cherkas.