Orlyk
WHAT WE DO

COSSACKS



The Orlyk Cossacks are an authentic group of Cossack Dancers of true Ukrainian heritage. As the only Cossack cabaret act that dance and sing to live music, you can be certain to enjoy the real Cossack experience.
The highly energetic, exhilarating and powerful combination of high kicks, jumps, spins and sword fighting, fuse Cossack dancing with Western influences and are guaranteed to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.  

Orlyk was established in 1949 and is the Representative Dance Ensemble of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain

CORPORATE



Orlyk can provide the ideal entertainment for corporate events including Christmas parties, trade shows, award ceremonies and fundraising nights with a combination of dancing, singing and maybe even a surprise element of audience participation! Our professional musicians can also provide the perfect accompaniment to other parts of the event, perhaps by playing during welcome drinks or throughout the meal.

Venues and clients include:

  • Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland - Howdens
  • Earls Court, London & Event City, Manchester - The Times Travel & Destinations Shows
  • Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham - Next Retail
  • The Monastery, Manchester - Duerr's
  • William Aston Hall, Wales
  • Revolution Bars, Leeds, Macclesfield, York
  • De Montfort Hall, Leicester
  • Etihad Stadium, Manchester - Kellogg's
  • Grand Hotel Union (Ljubljana) & Municipal Hall (Celje), Slovenia
  • Midland Hotel, Manchester
  • Royal Albert Hall, London

We have lots of experience of entertaining at corporate events - the captivating routines are completely flexible and can be tailored around your particular needs.

Orlyk was established in 1949 and is the Representative Dance Ensemble of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain.

TV



The Orlyk Cossacks are available to make special guest appearances in your TV productions. Recent appearances include:

  • ITV's 'Britain's Got Talent' - Auditioning to a 2000 strong live audience (and the famous judges Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden of course!)
  • CBBC's 'Sam and Mark's Big Friday Wind Up' - An entertainment show for Children's BBC
  • ITV's 'Diamond Geezer' - A comedy drama starring David Jason & Jenny Agutter
  • Channel 4's '8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown' - Dancing with Jimmy Carr in the crossover panel game of '8 Out of 10 Cats' and the game show 'Countdown'
  • BBC's Strictly Come Dancing - Profesional Dancer Neil Jones exploring the world of Cossack Dancing with Orlyk on Strictly - It Takes Two

  • Orlyk was established in 1949 and is the Representative Dance Ensemble of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain

    WEDDINGS



    Orlyk can provide entertainment for your wedding with a combination of dancing, singing and even involving some of your guests in the Cossack dancing. Our experienced musicians can also provide the perfect accompaniment to other parts of your special day, perhaps by playing during welcome drinks or throughout the meal.

    Whatever you need to make that special day even better, we can provide it!

    Recent wedding venues include the Hilton Hotel, London, Monte Carlo Bay Hotel, Monaco and Ettington Park Hotel, Alderminster

    Orlyk was established in 1949 and is the Representative Dance Ensemble of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain

    MUSIC



    Orlyk is one of the very few dance groups that perform to live Ukrainian folk music only. Our group of extremely talented musicians play on both traditional and modern instruments. The instruments include Accordions, Mandolins, Double Bass, Tsymbaly (Dulcimer), Recorder, Tambourine, Viola and Drum.

    The leader of the musicians is Mychajlo Kuziw - an expert accordion player who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of hundreds of Ukrainian dances and songs with a fantastic talent for creating new melodies.

    Orlyk released an album containing a selection of our music and you can hear some clips from the songs by clicking on the links on this page.  The musicians are currently working on another album as part of Orlyk’s 67th Anniversary Celebrations.

    Orlyk was established in 1949 and is the Representative Dance Ensemble of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain.



    Click on the links below to hear snippets of our music.

    Arkan

    Hopak

    Kolomayka

    Lemki

    Na Polani

    Poltavka

    Privit

    Vesnianka

    Vinochki

    Zaparozchi

    THEATRE


    The Orlyk Cossacks are available to make special guest appearances in your theatre productions.

    We have performed in the musical Fiddler on the Roof ten times over the past few years. Fiddler on the Roof is a musical set in 1905 - the story centres on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. We know the show very well and have taken part in the famous 'To Life' and 'Wedding' scenes in the following theatres:

    1.  Lowry Theatre, Salford
    2.  Garrick Theatre, Altrincham
    3.  Metro Theatre, Bury
    4.  Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    5.  Plaza Theatre, Stockport
    6.  Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
    7.  Lancaster Grand Theatre, Lancaster
    8.  Tameside Hippodrome, Thameside
    9.  Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn
    10.  Poolside Theatre, Urmston

    Orlyk was established in 1949 and is the Representative Dance Ensemble of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain


    Make a Booking


    If you'd like to contact Orlyk for any reason, we'd love to hear from you. You can see where we live on the map below and you can get in touch using the form. Just fill in your details, add your message and we'll get back to you.


    WHERE WE LIVE

    31 Smedley Lane
    Cheetham, Manchester
    M8 8XB
    England

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