This is one of our favorite groups.  If you have never seen the fast-paced, athletic Hromovytsia Ukranian Dance Ensemble … you’re in for a treat.  The group will be performing during the first hour of the upcoming Chicago Thanksgiving Parade, which you can see live on WGN, WGN America or from our TV Zone on State Street.

Hromovytsia, translated into English as “Thunderstorm”, is a dance ensemble based on talent, heart and soul. Under the direction of Roxana Dykyj-Pylypczak, the group boasts a 38-year history and is comprised of over 35 dancers dedicated to reshaping the very definition of Ukrainian dance and delighting audiences everywhere.

In 2003, Hromovytsia made its first trip to Ukraine and performed for audiences in six different Ukrainian cities. Four years later, the ensemble completed a successful 17-day concert tour of Western Europe where it performed for audiences in Strasbourg, Munich, Florence, and Rome. In 2011, Hromovytsia returned to Ukraine, performing in four major cities: Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Rivne, and Kyiv. In June of 2017, Hromovytsia will embark on its fourth tour, this time to Spain. The ensemble looks forward to performing for the people of Madrid and Barcelona and showing them their love for Ukraine and dance.

Hromovytsia’s Artistic Director from Roman Pylypczak on Vimeo.

Throughout its history, Hromovytsia has continuously immersed itself into both the Ukrainian and greater Chicagoland communities. The ensemble was honored to perform several times at one of the largest dance festivals in the United States—Dance Chicago. At these performances, the ensemble quickly became a crowd favorite and also gave Hromovytsia the opportunity to share a stage with some of the most influential dance companies in the nation, including The Joffrey Ballet, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance and the Hubbard Street Dancers.

For over ten years, Hromovytsia has become a staple and audience favorite at the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, performing annually for more than 400,000 parade- goers and over 5 million live television viewers. Other notable performances in Chicago include the official grand opening of Chicago’s Millennium Park, Chicago’s Sister Cities Festival (with guests Barrack Obama and Mayor Richard Daley), a live appearance on NBC 5’s Morning Show with host Dick Johnson and special appearances at philanthropic events for the University of Chicago Cancer Research and the Fermi Lab National Physics Laboratory.

Outside of Chicago, Hromovytsia has performed at a number of festivals across Canada and the United States, including Georgia’s International Cherry Blossom Festival, Verkhovyna Ukrainian Festival in Glen Spey, NY, the Washington D.C. Ukrainian Festival, Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin, Manitoba and the Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival in Toronto, Ontario—boasting a weekend attendance of over 250,000 people.

In the years to come, Hromovytsia looks toward a future of delivering innovative works that capture the splendor and richness of Ukraine’s culture, history and traditions. Through its revolutionary approach to Ukrainian dance, the ensemble hopes to reshape the very definition of folk dance, continually pushing Hromovytsia to new choreographic heights and delighting audiences everywhere.

Get more information about the group at Hromovytsia.com.