Specialty Classes

*New for 2022-2023 Season*

We have decided to add a new opportunity for all dancers 9 years and up in the Yorkton and surrounding area! 

This session of specialty classes will take place every Wednesday from September 28 to December 7, 2022 (11 weeks). The fee for these classes are $150 per dancer which are due before Specialty Classes begin. You can register by clicking 'Register Now' above (Troyanda dancers click 'Parent Portal'). Please see below for more information!

Limited enrollment available.

Female Technique, Turns and Dance Conditioning - 6:00-7:00 PM

This class gives students the opportunity to cross-train styles of dance drawing from classical technique to establish a strong foundation, musicality and knowledge of dance. This will help Ukrainian dancers become stronger at turns, jumps and incorporating classical dance skills into their Ukrainian dance choreography. Students will learn set barre, center and travelling work as well as strengthening and conditioning, specifically curated for Ukrainian dancers. Cross training in dance builds stronger, more confident all around dancers.

Male Strength, Technique and Acro - 7:00-8:00 PM

This class will help male dancers to build a strong foundation to perform their Ukrainian dance steps and tricks. They will train to strengthen and stabilize muscle groups to prevent injury and better perform, build a strong skill set of dance technique and work on incorporating this knowledge into their Ukrainian dance choreography. This class will also study Acro Dance which combines fundamentals of gymnastic based movement and dance. Acro syllabus work will be used to build strength in male tricks and solo’s.

meet our specialty class

Karen Sarafincian

Karen began dancing at age 5, taking ballet, tap, jazz and Ukrainian dance, later adding lyrical and hip hop to her training. She danced for 14 years with the Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, worked as a student instructor and class assistant and in 2014 was a guest instructor at Troyanda’s Ukrainian Summer Dance Camp. She studied The Royal Academy of Dance ballet syllabus where she received marks of Distinction or Highly Commended in all examinations, trained in ADAPT jazz and tap syllabus and was a competitive dancer at Dance Innovations. Besides dance, Karen studied and took piano and musical theory examinations from the Royal Conservatory of Music through to grade 8.

Karen is a certified ADAPT instructor completing her Gold Seal Certification and Acrobatic Dance Teachers Association junior levels in the Greater Toronto Area and Progressing Ballet Techniques Certification in Calgary. Karen has taught and choreographed a diverse range of styles including Ukainian, ballet, jazz, tap, acro, lyrical, hip hop and strengthening classes at studios ranging from small communities in Saskatchewan to large high demand studios in large centres. Most recently she taught in Calgary as a jazz and ballet exam/technique teacher putting dancers through ADAPT jazz and RAD ballet examinations.

Throughout her career, Karen continued to take dance classes whenever possible including styles of West African, Bollywood and Jazz Funk to broaden her knowledge and cross train technique.

Karen is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor, has 100 + more hours of yoga training, has 2 comprehensive barre instructor trainings, studied mat pilates and taught at several barre and yoga studios throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. Karen incorporates this knowledge of anatomy, body function, injury prevention and strength training into her dance classes to give students comprehensive training and knowledge.

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