Slovak Domovina Dancers
Windsor, Ontario

Our History

Domovina, meaning "Homeland," is a Canadian Slovak folk dance ensemble from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1983 and sponsored by Branch 28 of the Canadian Slovak League, the dance ensemble maintains and promotes our rich Slovak cultural heritage through song and dance.

Domovina has performed regionally, nationally and internationally. Locally, the ensemble is an active member of the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County and participates in Windsor's annual ethnocultural festival, "Carrousel of the Nations," hosting a Slovak Village. We have participated in the Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival, in Heritage Week activities and for the United Way convention.

Further abroad, we have performed in Hamilton, Toronto, Markham, London, Sarnia, Grand Bend, Montreal, Thunder Bay as well as in many other cities in Ontario. In 1986, Domovina was one of eight ethnic performing groups chosen by the Ontario Folk Arts Council to represent Ontario at Expo '86 in Vancouver, British Columbia. In July of 1993, we took part in the Slovak Canadian Heritage Festival in Calgary, Alberta. The following year, Domovina took part in Slovakfest Midwest 1994 in Chicago, Illinois and in 1995 at the Slovak Day in Gary, Indiana, USA. In November, 1995, Domovina helped to celebrate the opening of the Slovak Cultural and Information Centre in Toronto.

International performances include participating in the Third World Festival of Slovak Youth in the Poconos, Pennsylvania, USA in 1986, in the Fourth World Festival in Semmering, Austria in 1989 and in 1992 at the Fifth World Festival in Martin, Slovakia.


Summer 1996 in review

This past summer, Domovina completed a three-week tour of Slovakia. The tour included performances in Zilina, Martin, Trnava, Piestany, Trencin, Trencianska Turna, Nitra, Michalovce, Lozin, Rakovec, Hnusta, Brezno and Detva. In Nitra, at the final performance of the festival, "Dni Zahranicnych Slovakov," Domovina performed for the President of Slovakia, Michal Kovac, Cardinal Korec, Jozef Markus, President of Matica Slovenska, and other dignitaries and members of the organizing committee. On July 14, Domovina participated in the "Folklorne Slavnosti Pod Polanou" in Detva, appearing live on national television.

Throughout the tour, Domovina was very well received and enjoyed a number of fine receptions hosted by dignitaries and officials. While hectic, this exciting tour allowed Domovina to showcase its talent abroad, proudly presenting the thriving Slovak cultural heritage which exists in Windsor, Canada.

Domovina's programme, choreographed by Pavol Sirak, represents a cross section of Slovak culture: dances from the Goral and Saris regions, join dances from Myjava, Detva, Trencin and Terchova. In addition, Domovina performs a very lively Gypsy Dance, as well as a dance which celebrates the festive activities of Fasiangy, the Slovak Mardi Gras. Currently, we are adding to our repertoire, striving to further explore the subtle regional characteristics of Slovak dance and song.



Domovina Dancers performing "Prelamovany Tanec," a dance
from Terchova, at the Theatre House in Nitra, Slovakia

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS


For information regarding the Slovak Domovina Dancers
contact Irene Timko, Manager.

3825 Borrelli Drive, Windsor, Ontaro, Canada N9G 2H7

Tel: 519-969-2899 email: joseph.timko@sympatico.ca.
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Last Update: April 7, 2001