Bold and Thrilling, the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble will Perform its Magic at Queensborough’s Performing Arts Center

Drawing from a repertoire of over 40 traditional dances representing every region in the Ukraine, The Voloshky Ukrainian Dance ensemble –known for its bright colors, precision and choreography— will perform at Queensborough’s Performing Arts Center (QPAC) on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 3:00PM.  Tickets are $42, $39, $35 and are available online at www.visitqpac.org or by phone at (718) 631-6311.

The artistry of Ukrainian folk dance is a testament to its vibrant and enduring culture.  The Voloshky creates a spellbinding show presenting original choreography with music recorded exclusively for the company by the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Symphony Orchestra.

“Voloshky’s athletic choreography is bold and powerful, clearly native to Ukrainian dance, yet classical enough to be appreciated by all dance lovers.  This performance is a must see,” remarks Artistic Director, Susan Agin. The renowned Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble was twice chosen by the Ukrainian diaspora to officially greet the President of Ukraine, Victor Yushchenko, during his two visits to the United States in 2005.

For more information about this event and other upcoming shows, contact the QPAC Box Office at 718-631-6311; tickets are also available online at www.visitqpac.org.  The center is located on the Queensborough Community College campus in the heart of Bayside, with ample free parking and 24-hour security.

Distinguished artists who have performed throughout the decades at QPAC include jazz legend Thelonius Monk; renowned dance choreographer Merce Cunningham; 60’s folksinger Judy Collins; the fabled Alvin Ailey Dance Company; the great classical actor Alvin Epstein; and more recently Joel Grey, Tommy Tune,  Chita Rivera, Marvin Hamlisch and David Cassidy.

Queensborough Community College, established in 1960, is located on a lush 37-acre campus in Bayside, New York. The College offers a rich liberal arts and science curriculum as well as career and pre-professional courses. Comprising one of the most diverse populations of any college in the U.S., nearly 15,000 students pursue Associate degrees or Certificate programs and another 10,000 students of all ages attend continuing education programs. The College boasts Dual/Joint Degree programs in Biotechnology, Criminal Justice and Education with its sister CUNY institutions York College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Queens College, respectively. Over half of the faculty holds doctorates, compared with 21% of faculty in other community colleges nationwide.

In the fall of 2009, Queensborough launched the Freshman Academies to all first-time full-time students. While other colleges have similar programs, Queensborough is the only community college to launch the initiative institution-wide. Queensborough also has the distinction of being named one of 12 colleges nationwide to lead the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) project—funded by Met Life—to support and expand effective student success strategies at community colleges. The College’s prized cultural beacons, The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives; QCC Art Gallery; and Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) continue to bring renowned world-class exhibits, fine art and performances to the entire community and beyond. Please visit our website at www.qcc.cuny.edu.

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