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Vasyl Avramenko
Vasyl Avramenko

Vasyl Avramenko (1895-1981) is credited with turning traditional Ukrainian folk dance, as practiced by Ukrainian villagers, into a professional art form. He spread this art form across the world, and is considered the "Father of Ukrainian Dance." 1895 (MDCCCXCV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Young life

Avramenko was a dancer born in Stebliv, Imperial Russia (now in Ukraine) in 1895. As a teenager, he attended several dance and performing arts schools in Ukraine. He served in the Russian army during World War I, and in the Ukrainian army[citation needed] from 1918-1920.[1] As the prisoner of a work camp in Russia, Avramenko gathered a group of men and taught them a Hopak. The soldiers of the camp were furious, since workers were not allowed to have fun. They sent him to another camp, where Avramenko again taught the men a Hopak. Due to this problem, the government of Russia deported Avramenko to North America so he would no longer be a problem.[2] For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... Imperial Russia is the term used to cover the period of history from the expansion of Russia under Peter the Great, through the expansion of the Russian Empire from the Baltic to the Pacific Ocean, to the deposal of Nicholas II of Russia, the last tsar, at the start of... In russian, word army means armed forces in general. ... World War I, also known as the First World War, and (before 1939) the Great War, the War of the Nations, and the War to End All Wars, was a world conflict lasting from August 1914 to the final Armistice (cessation of hostilities) on November 11, 1918. ... Hopak is a Ukrainian folk dance and the corresponding musical style. ... Hopak is a Ukrainian folk dance and the corresponding musical style. ... Since gaining its independence with the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991, Russia (formally, the Russian Federation) has faced serious challenges in its efforts to forge a political system to follow nearly seventy-five years of Soviet rule. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ...


Spreading Ukrainian dance

Avramenko travelled from town to town, teaching the same dance to villagers. His first tours in Canada began in 1926, and ended in 1952.[3] When he was finished teaching in a town, he would assign a leader to continue teaching to the villagers. One of these leaders was Chester Kuc, who founded the Cheremosh Ukrainian dance ensemble.[4] He taught these dances in North America, as well as in South America and Australia. During his lifetime, he has created many Ukrainian dance studios, including one in New York where he lived until his death in 1981. He has staged performances across Canada and USA, including the Chicago World's Fair of 1933 and a performance at the White House. He has also produced numerous Ukrainian language films.[5] World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... World Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893 The World Columbian Exposition (also called The Chicago Worlds Fair), a Worlds fair, was held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbuss discovery of the New World. ... The southern side of the White House The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States of America. ... Ukrainian (украї́нська мо́ва, ukrayinska mova, ) is a language of the East Slavic subgroup of the Slavic languages. ...


References

  • Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota
  • Zoloto's Tribute to Avramenko
  • Avramenko Fund
  • Cheremosh's history
  • Short bio
  • Vasyl Avramenko at the Internet Movie Database

 
 

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