Since we started in 1975, the Alberta Ukrainian Zirka Performers continues to show our pride of culture through music
and dance. Zirka's goals are to provide our students with a positive cultural dance experience with our strong heritage
of dance excellence. For over two generations, Zirka has created some of the most authentic and intricate regional
costumes, music and dance performances.
The Alberta Zirka Ukrainian Performers (registered in 1979) was founded as the Calmar School of Ukrainian Dance in 1976
by a handful of visionary families interested in maintaining their Ukrainian heritage and culture through dance. Zirka
is the Ukrainian word for STAR and describes our dancers, instructors and families. We are proud that over 450 dancers
from Calmar and the surrounding communities of Thorsby, Warburg, Leduc, Devon, Beaumont, Millet, Drayton Valley and
Edmonton have developed and shared their talents through our club since its inception. Our goal is to maintain and
further enhance the Ukrainian heritage and culture through costume and dance. We are all united in a common love of
the music and dance. The Alberta Zirka Ukrainian Performers is a non-profit cooperative organization. Our dancers learn
the meaning of cooperation, teamwork, sharing, respect, friendship, and the joy of performing.
In 2014 Zirka hired our current club Director, Principal & Instructor, Dave Ganert, who is a Nationally Acclaimed
Director & Choreographer.