Malanka: Ukrainian New Year's Celebrations in Fort McMurray
Dancers train for years to master acrobatic leaps like this one.
Nine and ten-year-olds performing at the 2013 Malanka celebration.
Each dancer wears a costume from a specific region of Ukraine, and performs moves typical of that region’s traditional dances.
The dancers’ spins and kicks are grounded in basic ballet positions.
The sky is the limit for those who want to excel at Ukrainian dance!
This junior dancer embodies the joy and inspiration found in Ukrainian dance traditions.
Youngsters roll and braid dough into traditional bread shapes at a cultural family fun day and potluck dinner in advance of Easter.
Dancers’ parents gather to make hundreds of perogies and cabbage rolls for the Malanka (New Year) celebration held mid-January each year in Fort McMurray.