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Shumka Dance Troop - #1

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 1 April 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

The Ukrainian Shumka Dancers of Edmonton are perhaps the most well known of Canada's 230 Ukrainian dance groups and schools. Operated as a nonprofit society, the objectives of the group are to promote the preservation, development and advancement of Ukrainian culture and dance as a part of Canadian heritage.

PENTAX K200D 1/90 second F/4.5 ISO 100 75 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Good one, very sharp image!

1 Apr 2010 5:36am

@Paco Díaz: Thank you Paco! ;-)

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Great capture!

1 Apr 2010 7:55am

@Elena Kotrotsou: Thank you Elena! ;-)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great shot Eric.. looks like a fun event..

1 Apr 2010 7:57am

@Sarito: Thank you Sarito! Yes, they are a very lively and entertaining dance troup... ;-)

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Always full of happyness the Uhrainian's dance , Good shot ! Phil.

1 Apr 2010 9:09am

@Phil: Thank you very much Phil! ;-)

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

My first thought was First Nation and then I read ... great cultural event!

1 Apr 2010 11:12am

@Judy: Thank you Judy! Yes, always nice to experience other cultures.... ;-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Are they mimicking puppetry Eric?

1 Apr 2010 11:36am

@Curly: LOL...thank you Curly! I would guess the answer to the question is that all life mimicks puppetry and vice versa.... ;-)))

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

o lovely shot!! Eric:) all in tune ! and happy!!
have you seen Irish dance in Canada?

1 Apr 2010 12:15pm

@kate: Thank you Kate! Yes indeed, there is a rich Irish tradition here in Canada..... ;-)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Cool capture and that looks like a fun time :)

1 Apr 2010 12:25pm

@bluechameleon: Thank you Sharon! Yes, they are a very lively and entertaining dance troup.... ;-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful capture . I love russian dance and songs !

1 Apr 2010 1:47pm

@MARIANA: Thank you Mariana! Yes, they are very appealing to the soul..... ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow superb!!!!!

1 Apr 2010 3:23pm

@PATRICK: Thank you Patrick! ;-)

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Nice image. I didn't know the Ukraine and Canada were so interwoven like that. I always think.. French.

1 Apr 2010 3:31pm

@Self-Indulgence: Thank you Kristen! Yes, when they fled Russia the plains in Western Canada reminded them the most of home...... ;-)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like the light on this shot

1 Apr 2010 3:38pm

@Calusarus: Thank you very much Fred! ;-)

Mary from PA, United States

Its wonderful to see those who are willing to keep traditional dancing/song else would we know our heritage...nice capture...I always like to see traditional dress too.

1 Apr 2010 8:20pm

@Mary: Thank you Mary! I agree, the maintenance of tradition is very important.... ;-)

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

for a moment I thought they were acting like puppets, the background made me think of strings

1 Apr 2010 8:58pm

@Veronique: Thank you very much Veronique! ;-)

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Eric,
it's great and nice of you, that you invite us to this dance. The faces of the dancers seem very happy. I see it very well. The dress looks gorgeous. I sit in front, in the 4th Row seat to see everything. I look forward to the next dance performance. 5 stars *****
I wish you and your family Happy Easter!. Thanks for all your nice comments. Dear greetings Christel

1 Apr 2010 9:29pm

@Christel: Thank you very much Christel! You are too kind! Happy Easter to you and your family! ;-)

vu@granby from Granby, Québec, Canada

From what I heard they give spectacular shows! Hope to see them one day....

1 Apr 2010 10:20pm

@vu@granby: Yes indeed if you ever get a chance to see them they are definitely worth the money! ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Great capture, Eric!

2 Apr 2010 3:56am

@B. Thomas: Thank you Barbara! ;-)

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Very nice framing of this scene - it gives me a feel for the stage and the building and beyond! This looks like a great group!

2 Apr 2010 4:43am

@Scott F. Schilling: Thank you Scott! Yes, if you ever get the chance to see them when they are touring it is definitely worth the money. ;-)

k@ from Paris, France

Great dynamism and i like the compo with the striped tent behind !

2 Apr 2010 7:41pm

@k@: Thank you very much Karine! ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Interesting because many european immigrants have build what is know as the prairies....and they were part of first it was farming ..then came the culture...nice shot

4 Apr 2010 4:43am

1/90 second
ISO 100
75 mm (35mm equiv.)