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Our Instructor:


Debbie Kachmar-Potter
In 1982, I started teaching part time for the Two Hills Ukrainian Dancers, eventually
leading to full-time positions in other rural to towns in 1985. I have been teaching for 39
years and have taught over 20 groups in Alberta and many workshops around the world. I
have many highlights over the years, but perhaps the biggest when I had the opportunity
in teaching a professional group in Hong Kong. I have attended many workshops from
well-known instructors from the Ukraine and Canada. I also attended classes in Lviv,
Ukraine, which was a valuable learning experience. I studied Character Dance and Ballet
from professional teachers from throughout the world.

I genuinely enjoy teaching students from 3 years old to adults. I am best known for my
storylines, which I incorporate into my concerts. I danced with many professional groups
like Cheremosh and Volya. I was also Assistant Artistic Director for Vohon Ukrainian
Dance Ensemble for 14 years and received the Outstanding Contribution award in 2019.
In 2021 I was honored to receive the prestigious Hetman Award for professional
achievement. I have had the opportunity to travel throughout the world with my
involvement, places like; Australia, Scotland, Germany, Thailand, China, United States,
Portugal and all throughout Canada.
In the last 6 years, I have had the pleasure to teach the Ukrainian Dance Academy at St.
Martin and St. Matthew Edmonton Catholic School. Being involved with the Ukrainian
program at these schools has been a rewarding experience.
I am also presently teaching the Edmonton school of Ukrainian dance. I believe that
anyone can Ukrainian dance, you just have to be energetic and willing to learn.


Shaughnessy Potter

I am from Sherwood Park Alberta. I started Ukrainian dancing at the age of 3 at the Edmonton School Of Ukrainians Dance and I instantly fell in love with it. After completing my years at Edmonton School Of Ukrainian Dance I furthered my training in the Vohon Ukrainian Dance Ensemble which I currently attend twice a week. Ukrainian dance has given me the opportunity to travel to so many places like Portugal, and the United States. I have trained in multiple disciplines of dance such as ballet, musical theatre, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and many more. At the age of 12 I began to assistant teach Ukrainian dance, and at 16 I was inspired by my Uncle, Ken Kachmar and Mother, Debbie Kachmar-Potter to peruse a Ukrainian dance teaching career. I enjoy sharing the art of Ukrainian dance and teaching others about Ukrainian culture, I hope that all children find the enjoyment of Ukrainian dance the same way I did.

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