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2015
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Malanka: Ukrainian New Year's Celebrations in Fort McMurray

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Dancers train for years to master acrobatic leaps like this one.

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Nine and ten-year-olds performing at the 2013 Malanka celebration.

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Each dancer wears a costume from a specific region of Ukraine, and performs moves typical of that region’s traditional dances.

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The dancers’ spins and kicks are grounded in basic ballet positions.

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The sky is the limit for those who want to excel at Ukrainian dance!

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This junior dancer embodies the joy and inspiration found in Ukrainian dance traditions.

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Youngsters roll and braid dough into traditional bread shapes at a cultural family fun day and potluck dinner in advance of Easter.

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Dancers’ parents gather to make hundreds of perogies and cabbage rolls for the Malanka (New Year) celebration held mid-January each year in Fort McMurray.

GREG HALINDA

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