Vasil Avramenko

Considered the Father of Ukrainian Folk Dance in North America, introduced Ukrainian folk dancing in Carnegie over 70 years ago. Though the original group of dancers became inactive during World War II, they reformed in the early 1950s under the tutorship of Mr. Avramenko. In 1962, the Sts. Peter & Paul UOL Chapter formally reactivated the group with elected officers and advisors and placed it under the directorship of Beverly Kapeluck. The group was known as the Ukrainian Folk Dancers of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church. It was not long before they began making public appearances.

Mrs. Beverly Kapeluck

In 1976 Mrs. Kapeluck reorganized the group to include dancers from South Side Pittsburgh, Ambridge, McKees Rocks and Monessen and became known as the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of the Pittsburgh Area. The name Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Carnegie was adopted in 1983.

Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

The Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Ensemble prides itself in being a training ground for young dancers. In 1994 the children’s classes were combined into a formal school under the directorship of Natalie M. Kapeluck. A curriculum for teaching a mixture of traditional Ukrainian Folk dance and ballet technique has thus evolved—instilling in the up-and-coming dancers a sense of accomplishment, discipline and a love of art.

Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and School has performed throughout the eastern seaboard and we hope that our future holds expanding that territory!

Kyiv believes that Ukrainian Folk Dancing should be learned and enjoyed by all people. We aim to bring this beautiful, exciting and inspiring art form to the widest audience possible.

Please join us as a dancer, supporter, costumer, musician and friend.