Our Faculty Members

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Head Instructor

Mackenzie Klotz

Mackenzie is a Registered Nurse at the Health Sciences Centre Women's Hospital, and graduated with her Bachelor of Nursing degree in September 2019. Residing in south Winnipeg, the majority of Mackenzie’s dancing has been with the Sopilka Ukrainian Dance School where she was a student for 12 years. Growing up in Sopilka, she experienced the amazing development and evolution of the school, preparing her to become an instructor. This allowed her to work closely with the school’s director, Kristina Washchyshyn, where she gained instructional, technical and administrative experience. Mackenzie also was the Program Leader for the City of Winnipeg, teaching and organizing the Kinder and Junior ballet programs at Pan Am Pool for over 5 years.

 

Along with Sopilka, Mackenzie has danced with the Selo Ukrainian Dancers in Anola, Manitoba before finding her home at Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. She has ballet training from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, most recently completing the Adult Summer Ballet Program, as well as from the Shelley Shearer School of Dance in both ballet and jazz.

 

She has attended many Ukrainian dance and teaching workshops within Manitoba, as well as an intensive training camp in Edmonton with current and past Shumka dance members. She’s been fortunate to train under well-known and talented choreographers including Anna and Vasyl Kanevets, Serhij Koroliuk, Vincent Rees, Jenn and Paul Doroniuk, Johanna Chabluk, Kristina Washchyshyn as well as various others from across Canada and Ukraine.

Mackenzie has also had the opportunity to perform in a variety of festivals and competitions, including Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin as well as the Vegreville Ukrainian Pysanka Festival in Alberta. Most recently, her dancing has taken her to Thompson, MB as well as throughout Ukraine to study and perform alongside Troyanda.

 

Mackenzie has been the acting Head Instructor since September 2016 and has enjoyed watching the dancers grow and thrive. She is excited to see where Selkirk & District can continue to go in upcoming years.

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Intermediate

Lorrin-Jeanne Baker

Lorrin grew up dancing at Selkirk & District, completing her 12 years at the Fialka level. She then moved on to dance with Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble where she had the opportunity to perform at various events, most recently at Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival. Lorrin also has experience in ballet, dancing at Selkirk Dance in Selkirk, MB. Lorrin is currently pursuing an Education degree at the University of Manitoba.

 

Lorrin returned as an assistant instructor and is excited to be growing in her leadership and teaching with the school where her love for dance began.

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Creative Movement

Adam Boychuk

Adam grew up dancing with Selkirk & District, alongside his younger brother Ian, before moving on to be an ensemble member of Troyanda where he has been dancing since 2012. He had the opportunity to travel to Ukraine with the group in August 2017 and perform along with Mackenzie and Olivia. Through Ukrainian dance, Adam has been able to perform across Canada, the United States, Colombia, Ukraine, and most recently, as a guest performer in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Adam recently graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Therapy.

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Creative Movement, Beginner II, Junior I, Intermediate

Olivia Dubeski

Olivia began her dance career at Selkirk and District at age seven, alongside her five year old brother, John. Olivia continued through the school—eventually making her way up to Fialka, where she danced for five years. In 2009, Olivia auditioned for the Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and has been dancing with them ever since. Over the years, she has danced under the Artistic Direction of Tom Mokry, Liana Stecky, Kristina Washchyshyn, Andrew Chubey, and Paul Doroniuk. Through Ukrainian dance, Olivia has been able to perform across Canada, the United States, Colombia, Ukraine, and most recently, as a guest performer in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. 

Olivia also has a passion for Gymnastics, and is a NCCP certified Gymnastics coach with 15 years of experience.

 

In 2017, Olivia graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor or Arts degree, majoring in Conflict Resolution Studies. She is currently employed by the Government of Manitoba in the Department of Health, Seniors, and Active Living.

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Beginner I & Adults

Alexander Hryndzio

Alexander begun dancing at the young age of four years old and has continued to this day. He started at the Rozmai School of Ukrainian Dance, advanced through Juniors and ended up dancing with the company where he is currently still a member. Eventually, following the footsteps of his instructors, Alex decided to put the same belt on and share his passion for Ukrainian dance. He is very excited to share his knowledge with students at Selkirk & District; while bringing the best out of them both as individuals and as dancers. Alexander currently dances with Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.

 

Alexander has many other passions, including volunteering and serving on the board of Ukraine-Kyiv pavilion of Folklorama, singing with Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus & O. Koshetz choir as well as serving on their boards, playing the accordion, and studying towards achieving his CPA designation.

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Beginner I & Adults

Stephanie Johnson

Originally from Gimli, MB, Stephanie is a graduate from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Human Ecology, specializing in Family Violence, and hopes to begin her Masters degree in the near future.

 

Stephanie grew up dancing with the Gimli Barvinok Dance Club, and is an alumni member of the Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and has had the opportunity to travel to Ukraine to perform, as well as to Dauphin for Canada's National Ukrainian Festival. She performed alongside the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in the December 2017 production of The Nutcracker with Troyanda as well.

Stephanie is also an instructor with Gimli and is excited to share her love for dance with our students at Selkirk & District.

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Junior I

Jon Morrisseau

Jon is excited to be returning to teach at Selkirk & District for the 50th Anniversary year! Jon is an alumni member of Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, having danced from 2006 through 2010, and previously taught with Selkirk & District. Jon grew up dancing in the school, and has also danced with Zirka Ukrainian Dancers in Dauphin, MB, as well as Rozmai in Winnipeg. Jon is a recently retired RCMP officer and has two daughters, one of which dances in our Junior I class.

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Beginner II & Junior II Boys

Matthew Pichlyk

Matthew is excited to be returning to Selkirk & District as this is where he began his dancing career and discovered his love for Ukrainian dance. After reaching the Fialka level, he moved on to dance with Vitretz of Rossdale Ukrainian Dance School, and is now a current ensemble member of Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.

 

Matthew is also an active member in the Croatian community, within their dance group, and has served as a Folklorama youth ambassador at the Croatian Pavilion. Recently, Matthew worked as a camp counsellor at Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Camp. Matthew is currently studying Agriculture at the University of Manitoba.

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