Chaika Ukrainian Song and Dance Ensemble

Created in 1957 under the auspices of the Hamilton Branch of the Ukrainian National Federation, the Chaika Performing Ensemble has been dedicated to the development of Ukrainian folk song and dance.

In its 52nd year, the school comprised of 50 performers, ranging in age from 4 to 30, continues to help preserve Canada’s multicultural mosaic. The energy and spirit of Chaika is reflected in its choreography - integrating classical ballet with Ukrainian folk stage theatre. Chaika is very fortunate to perform to live music which provides our dancers and our audiences an exhilarating experience. In addition to Chaika’s dancing accomplishments, the ensemble has also achieved fame for its choral work and has released two albums. Ivan Dykyj is Chaika’s Chairman and John Hucal is Chaika’s Artistic Director.