In 1949 in Manchester, ballet master & choreographer Petro Dnistrowyk started a dance group named after the Cossack Hetman Pylyp Orlyk.
What brought this about? Homesickness for the land of his birth, the gentle beauty of its landscape, the enchantment of its poetry and art of its people. Dnistrowyk wanted to start something for his people that would give them a breath of their native air, to feel their souls back in Ukraine.
The name was chosen as Pylyp Orlyk was elected as head of the exiled Ukrainian Cossacks and introduced the idea of Ukrainians in exile as apostles of an independent Ukraine.
Dance has always been a vital part of Ukrainian culture and it has been Orlyk's aim from the beginning through to the present day to share with others who might not know about Ukraine and its rich culture and history and keep this significant part of our heritage alive.
The current choreographer of Orlyk is one of Dnistrowyk's pupils - Maria Babych who is still dedicating much time and hard work to furthering the success of the ensemble.
Orlyk was established in 1949 and is the Representative Dance Ensemble of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain
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