Ridna Shkola
School of Ukrainian Studies

Poltava Ukrainian Dance Company

Since 1962 the Poltava Ukrainian Dance Company has been a vital part of the Ukrainian community in Western Pennsylvania and the tri-state area. Founded as "Molod Ukrainy" (Youth of Ukraine). Poltava has worked to achieve a high level of professionalism. This has been accomplished in great part to the deep committment of the company's founder and director, Luba Hlutkowsky and of the other 250 dancers who have been part of the company.

During these years, Poltava has performed in New York, Tennessee, Kentucky and throughout the Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia areas. In addition, Poltava can been seen every year at the Pittsburgh Folk Festival representing the Ukrainian community. The goal of the company has always been to provide the youth of the Ukrainian community an opportunity to experience their Ukrainian heritage and to present this rich heritage to the general public.

Today, the children of the former Poltava members are performing in the children's ensemble and training for the senior company. This is perhaps the greatest testimony to Poltava. It is the hope of the current company that the legacy of Poltava will continue through this new generation.

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