Vesnianky, Welcoming Spring: A Ukrainian Dance and Song Workshop

Ukrainian folk singer and ethnomusicologist Inna Kovtun leads a workshop exploring traditional Ukrainian “Spring Calling” songs and dance.

Cost is $15 per person.

About this event:

Inna Kovtun will lead a workshop focusing on traditional Ukrainian spring songs and circle dances known as Vesnianky. Come learn the melodies and movement of Vesnianky to wake up slumbering Spring, to send winter away, to fill the earth with songs and laughter to encourage growth. Inna will guide participants through performing the songs and dance together and share the important history and rituals of Vesnianky. This workshop is open to singers and dancers of all ages, genders, backgrounds, and levels of experience. All songs will be taught in the oral tradition. Ability to read Ukrainian or musical notation is not required and some time in each workshop will be spent on creating an authentic Ukrainian village sound appropriate to each song’s region of origin.

About this teacher:

INNA KOVTUN is a folklorist and ethnographer, a researcher and collector of folklore traditions, a performer, and an educator. She is the highly regarded musical and artistic director of the “Rozhanytsya” folk ensemble based in Kyiv, the lead vocalist of the international project “EDK”, and the lead singer of the ethno-rock band “Astarta”. Inna is also the Deputy General Director of the Kyiv Municipal Brass Orchestra. She has performed and given workshops all around the world.


This class takes place at Howard Street Charter School's dance studio at 498 Church St. NE. Parking is available across the street in the parking lot next to the church.