Troyanda Society of Ukrainian Culture & Heritage

Miss Kailey Pierson ~ Instructor & Choreographer

Certified Instructor

Shumka Syllabus of Ukrainian Dance | Acrobatic Arts | Progressing Ballet Technique  

CDTA Associate Jazz | Autism Movement Therapy®  


Miss Kailey was a very dedicated  Troyanda dancer since the age of 5; training under highly regarded instructors Ken Kachmar, Vincent Rees and Paul Olijnyk. As a dancer she attended many intensive summer training programs throughout Western Canada and US giving her the chance to learn from a very talented and diverse group of instructors. Miss Kailey joined Across the Floor Dance Studio at the age of 13,  becoming a member of their competitive performance troupe training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern and lyrical dance styles.. She successfully completed dance examinations in Ukrainian dance, ballet and jazz. Miss Kailey is passionate about Ukrainian dance and is committed to pursuing a broad spectrum of instructor training opportunities. She has recently applied to the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Teaching Studies Program; with the intention of attaining her RAD Registered Teacher Status.  She had the amazing opportunity to participate in  the Ukrainian Dance Instructor Tour for the past 3 years;  travelling throughout Ukraine, Poland, Hungary and Romania studying Ukrainian dance and culture. She has attended various dance instructor workshops, conferences and programs throughout Canada and US, including UDIC, EnAvant and DanceLife.


Miss Kailey strives to help dancers develop strong technique while encouraging teamwork and  a genuine love of dance. She is very grateful for the opportunity to teach your children and share her passion and love of dance! We are proud to have one of our former dancers leading Troyanda and know that her dedication, commitment and genuine love for Troyanda is an amazing gift.  





Mr. Paul Olijnyk ~ Intermediate & Senior Choreographer

B.F.A, M.A.

Certified Instructor Shumka Syllabus of Ukrainian Dance


Beginning his training as a dancer with the Yavir School of Ukrainian Dance, Paul Olijnyk quickly developed a passion for Ukrainian culture and dance. As a graduate of the Edmonton School of Ballet's Professional Dance Training Program and a certified teacher under the Shumka Syllabus for Ukrainian Dance, Paul has become well versed in the art of dance. Complementing his studies, Paul has attended  numerous workshops throughout Ukraine and North America led by some of the world's most prized choreographers and instructors. He has conducted primary research in Ukrainian folk dance throughout Western Ukraine to compliment his academic training. Paul is a graduate of the Kyiv University of Arts and Culture's International Summer School of Dance 3 year certificate program. He is well versed in Ballet, Modern, and International Folk dance, successfully completing examinations in
all three fields. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors Degree specializing in dance at York University and completed his Masters in Ukrainian Folklore at the University of Alberta.


As a member of the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, Paul has been a part of the professional Ukrainian dance circuit, performing and teaching extensively. Paul continues to attain new milestones in the Ukrainian dance world, including Shumka’s 2011 China Tour and the 2011/2012 Canadian Tour. Paul's commitment to high technical standards, his limitless enthusiasm and love for Ukrainian culture, have made him a well-respected member of the Ukrainian dance community. We are proud and privileged to have him as part of our team. ​