|The Vychodna Slovak Dancers
are a Folklore Ensemble from Toronto, Ontario,
Canada. They are well known, not only in Canada,
but throughout the US and Slovakia. They perform
a wide variety of traditional dances from many
regions of Slovakia.
originated as the St.Marys Slovak Dancers
in 1985, has now become a group of determined
young dancers who enjoy performing their dances
for audiences all over.
Vychodna Slovak Dancers were organized in
October, 1985. The group was originally called
the St. Marys Slovak Dancers because they
were and still are a part of the St. Marys
Slovak Greek Catholic Church community. In 1987
the group danced an award winning performance at
the International Youth Festival in Quebec.
During the July 1st celebrations the group danced
at the City Hall of Toronto and also at the
festivities in High Park. Both were sponsored by
the community Folk Arts Council. During the
summer of 1988 the group participated in a
Tribute to Slovakia held at Ontario Place. They
have also performed at Harbourfront, the C.N.E.
and various other places in Toronto, and took
part in the opening ceremonies of SkyDome. They
have also performed at various Slovak church and
social functions, including the annual Odpust
(banquet) at St. Marys Church; the annual
Slovak Day picnic and at the Jarny Ples.
(Organized by the Vychodna Slovak Dancers)
the past two years not only has the group
traveled in and about Toronto, but other places
as well including: Cleveland, Montreal, Detroit,
Windsor, Welland, Hamilton and Scarbourough.
Accomplishments: The greatest
accomplishments the group has had would be
dancing in Slovakia. First in 1990, the Senior
group traveled to the festival in Detva.
Then in July of 1992 both the
Seniors and Juniors traveled to the city of
Martin to participate in the World Festival of
Slovak Youth. (Svetovy Festival Slovenskej
present the Vychodna Slovak Dancers have 30
members, consisting of 14 members in the Junior
group and 16 in the Senior group. Their
repertoire is composed of 15 dances, from
generations ago, also they sing the beautiful
Slovak folk songs. They are currently
choreographing more. They were taught most of
their dances by Stefan Kocak, the choreographer
for the Vranovcan Dancers in Slovakia. He came
from Slovakia to Toronto to teach some dances to
the group. However, for several years, their
instructor; a former member of the Zemplin
Dancers, has been John Kadet.
1. In November we will be
returning to Cleveland to perform again.
2. A performance during the March Spring
Break of 1998 are in the plans for DisneyLand
in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
Photographs of Vychodna Slovak
Dancers from summer
prepared by Ignac Zajac Jr.
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