The HOVERLA Ukrainian Dance Ensemble was originally formed in 1972 and adopted its name from the highest mountain in Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountain Region.
This highly regarded and successful dance troupe has captivated many audiences with their colourful, exciting and energetic displays. It has gained recognition both nationally and internationally.
The Ensemble based in Derby perform traditional Ukrainian folk dances accompanied by their own talented musicians.
Hoverla has taken part in numerous international festivals and concerts both in Britain and Europe, the climax being in 1986 when first place was gained in the Folk Dance section at the World famous Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in North Wales.
Appearances have been made several times on British and European television and had the privilege of performing in front of members of the Royal Family on a number of occasions.
During the summers of 1999, 2001 & 2005 Hoverla embarked on successful tours of their homeland, Ukraine. This experience served to strengthen their commitment to sharing the rich heritage of their cultural roots. In 2005 the highlight was performing on Maydan Nezalezhnosty (Independence Square) in Kiev where The Orange Revolution took place.
In September 1999 & 2004 Hoverla visited Osnabrück in Germany (Twinning city of Derby), via invitation, where they participated in an International Cultural Diversity Festival proudly representing the City of Derby.
During the summers of 2000 & 2002 Hoverla had the honour of participating in the world famous Rose of Tralee International Festival in County Kerry, Ireland.
During August 2003 Hoverla, for the first time in their history, was invited to participate in the Catalonian Festival near Barcelona again proudly representing the City of Derby.
In 2006 Hoverla was invited to Munich in Germany to participate in the 60th Anniversary of the formation of the Ukrainian Youth Association in the Free World.
In July 2011 Hoverla participated in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, exactally 25 years after the previous generation of dance gained 1st place. Hoverla gained a respectable 2nd place with a score of 86 points.
In order to maintain and preserve the traditions and culture of Ukrainian Folk dancing, members of the original dance Ensemble passed on their techniques to the next generation of dancers and musicians and thus continuing to preserve an important part of Ukraine’s great cultural heritage demonstrating the rich beauty and exciting dances to the public at large.