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. 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.
Creative Movement III
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.
Ian grew up dancing with Selkirk & District, alongside Olivia, Matthew, Kylie and Lorrin. He went on to dance with Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble where he is currently a member. He had the opportunity to travel to Ukraine with the group in August 2017 and perform along with Mackenzie and Olivia.
Ian is a fourth level Electrical Apprentice with Paulsen Electric Ltd. and is continuing his education through Red River College.
Ian is excited to be returning as an instructor at the school where he and his siblings grew up dancing.
Creative Movement I, Beginner, Junior I, Junior III
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.
Although Olivia is relatively new to teaching Ukrainian dance, she is no stranger to the teaching world as she has 13 years of experience as a gymnastics coach. Olivia has always felt that her gymnastics experience has helped her in her dance career, and she is certain her coaching experience will help her in her new dance instructor role. She is thrilled to be teaching at the dance school that she calls home.
Olivia graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution Studies.
Junior II & Adults
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.
Junior II & Adults
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.
Creative Movement II & Junior III
Ashley grew up dancing with the Gimli Barvinok Dance Club before becoming a member of Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble for over 7 years. She has been fortunate to train under the Artistic Direction and Instruction of Kristina Washchyshyn during her time at Troyanda, along with various other professionals from across Canada through workshops and intensives.
Ashley strives to provide an inclusive environment with all students and their abilities, and to create a team-oriented dance class that unifies everyone in the dance community. Ashley is a high school teacher in Gimli and brings an expertise on classroom structuring and discipline. Ashley has seen the Ukrainian Dance world change and evolve over her 30 years as a dancer, and 20 years as an instructor, and values the importance of not only staying current, but also preserving the cultural traditions through constant education. Ashley also believes in teamwork with her colleagues, and that it is imperative to be a part of the same Artistic Vision as the Artistic Directors to ensure the school as a whole runs smoothly. Most recently, Ashley became a mother, welcoming her beautiful daughter, Angelina, in May 2020.
Creative Movement I, Junior I & Adults
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.
Creative Movement II & III
Kylie brings 7 years of assistant teaching experience from Selkirk Dance in Selkirk, MB. She has assisted with a multitude of classes including ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance, alongside their talented staff.
She is a member of Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble where she has had the opportunity to travel throughout Canada and Ukraine to perform. She has attended instructor workshops through the Manitoba Ukrainian Dance Festival, as well as competed in multiple competitions with Selkirk Dance.