Vinok (Ukrainian: BiHOK): a headdress made from leaves, flowers, and branches worn by girls and young unmarried women. The flower wreath remains a part of the Ukrainian national costumes, and is worn on festive occasions, holy days and as a part of the costume for dancers of the Poltava region.
Our performances focus on dances from central Ukraine, in particular the Poltava region. This is the region most commonly associated with Ukrainian dance. The area is a flat plains region made up of fertile farm land. To represent that, the dancing is very open, wide in its choreography and its steps. The dance style is crisp and acrobatic for men, and feminine and technical for girls. The costumes for the dances of this region include blouse, a vinok, a plakhta (girls skirt), a poyas (belt), sharyvary (loose mens' trousers) and red boots. Most commonly, the blouses are white with black and red embroidery. The Ukrainians believed that life should include both red (the color of joy) and black (the color of sorrow).
Ukrainian dance has been popular since the early 80’s. The VINOK Ukrainian Dance Group is dedicated to promoting the art and joy of Ukrainian dance in children and youth in a community environment and is comprised of dancers from Birtle, Angusville, Shoal Lake and Rossburn with room to grow.
Our parents, dancers, volunteers & board are ensuring the art of Ukrainian dance remains and that the Ukrainian culture and heritage is preserved.
Our spring concert is May 4th at 7RossburnTown Hall
Vinok strives to provide its dancers and audience with an experience that is eye catching, exciting and motivating.
The Club has been successful in receiving grants from MB Culture, Heritage and Tourism totaling approximately $1,200. Funds go towards costs related to dance instruction, travel, promotion and advertising.
If your child is interested in joining the group or if you would like VINOK to perform at your event please call one of our committee members: