United States Tour 2013
In August 2013, we embarked on their first international trip to the United States! We travelled to three states, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. In Connecticut, we performed at an edition of the Concert on the Green, a summer long performance and concert series held in the town of Redding. We then travelled south to Whippany, New Jersey, a community in the northern part of the state. Here we performed with the local group Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble at their local venue, the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey. The day before our joint concert with Iskra, we spent an afternoon in a workshop with Iskra’s Artisitc Director Andrij Cybyk. We were well received by the Ukrainian community in Whippany and were spoiled by their hospitality and genuine kindness. While Whippany was our last official performance, we had the pleasure of participating in an impromptu Kolomyka at Bryant Park upon our arrival in New York City! The remainder of our time in New York was devoted to sight seeing and shopping. Among other things, we toured the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Our dancers had the time to take in the sights and shops around Times Square, and we also took in a couple Broadway shows during our stay. We danced hard, we played hard, and we reaped the benefits of the opportunity to share the love of our culture with new friends.