Collection 0028 - Canadian Ukrainian dance competitions project

Dance, Choral, and Instrumental. Canada's National Ukrainian Festival. Vgreville Pysanka Festival '87 Competition Program Ukrainian Pysanka Festival '93 Talent Competitions Vegreville '86 Pysanka Festival Competitions Program Talent Competitions Ukrainian Pysanka Festival Vegreville, Alberta Welcome to Vegreville's 19th Pysanka Festival Talent Competitions Welcome to the 21st Annual Ukrainian Pysanka Festival Talent Competitions Welcome Festival '88 ... the next thousand years. 15th Anniversary Competitions Program Vegreville Talent Competitions Ukrainian Pysanka Festival Vegreville, Alberta Talent Competitions Ukrainian Pysanka Festival Vegreville, Alberta Talent Competitions Ukrainian Pysanka Festival Vegreville, Alberta Desna Dance Festival Desna Dance Festival Cheremosh Dance Festival Cheremosh 30th Anniversary Canadian Tour Alberta Dance Festival 1999 Rules and Guidelines CFSA - Alberta/NWT Section Invitational Competition Events Package CFSA - Alberta/NWT Section Competition Manual for Interclub Competitions Cheremosh Dance Festival 2000 Cheremosh Dance Festival 2002
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Canadian Ukrainian dance competitions project

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Canadian Ukrainian dance competitions project: A diachronic study

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23.5 cm of textual records
5 audio cassettes

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This project was the core fieldwork collection phase of Jason Golinowski's master thesis.

A dozen or more dance competitions are organized in western Canada which include or focus exclusively on Ukrainian dance, with an estimated total of some 8000 entries per year in recent years. The number of competitions and competitors has risen significantly in the past five years. This increase in popularity raises numerous questions regarding the functioning of "ethnic" cultural activities in this country. Various theories explaining "ethnic persistence" and "ethnic revival" have been proposed. The present project is designed to develop an empirical base of data to test aspects of these conceptual models.

The project consists of asking competition organizers for competition programs and marks through their histories, information which is quite readily available to these committees. A detailed database of the competitors, their home group, instructors, their marks and placements, adjudicators, repertoire and other information will allow an analysis of behavior trends that will shed light into the functions of the competitions and the motivations of the various categories of participants.

This project is relatively self-contained and has been proposed as a Master's thesis by Jason Golinowski in the Ukrainian Folklore Program in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Studies. It is also connected to a larger study conducted by Dr. Andriy Nahachewsky, dealing with "new ethnicity" and Canadian Ukrainian dance.
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Gift of Jason Golinowski


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