In 1967, Rosalie and Joseph Kitz decided they would take over the operations of the St. Peter and Pauls Ukrainian Dancers. Their children were dancing with the group, and this would allow them the opportunity to become more involved with the group and their children. The club was operating out of the basement of the church and was doing well, but Joseph learned that grant money was available from the city for cultural groups such as theirs. To become eligible for these grants, the club would have to become a separate entitiy from the church. So under the supervision of lawyers and MLA’s, Mr. Kitz and Father Bzdel, the minister in the church at that time, applied for Non-Profit status of the club. Father Bzdel decided that they would name the group the Boyan and Bandura Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. And with that, the Boyan Ukrainian Dance Association was started. Over the years to come, failure to find instruction in the Bandura led to that portion of the name and club to be dropped, but the dance continues to live strong!


Boyan 2022-23 Executive

President: Christine Hanson

Vice-President/Facilities: Nicole Niedzielski

Treasurer: Melissa Kobylak

Secretary/Registrar: Lorece Dowhay

Communications: Orysia Stephaniuk

Costumes: Bilinda Hilkewich

Member at Large: Crystal Nowakowski

Member at Large: Jordan Kotyk




Boyan 2022-23 Instructors

Heidi Armstrong

Austyn Kozun

Tawni Cherepuschak