Dunai was formed in 1967 to celebrate Canada's 100th Birthday. The
Ukrainian youth of St. Catharines and surrounding area came together
to preserve their Ukrainian culture, regardless of religious or political
Since its formation in 1967, Dunai has appeared at Toronto's O'Keefe
Centre, Detroit's Ford Theatre, Chicago's Concert Hall and Halifax's
Rebecca Hall. They have performed for Queen Elizabeth II, Canadian
Prime Ministers and have appeared on the NBC Today Show. Tours
have taken them to Parliament Hill in Ottawa and the Ukrainian
National Festival in Dauphin, Manitoba. Dunai has performed at
Ontario Place in Toronto many times, as well as in Sudbury, Hartford,
Philadelphia, Yonkers, New York City, and at Soyuzivka in the
In 1988, the group prepared a special programme to celebrate the
Millennium of Christianity in Ukraine. Originally performed in St.
Catharines, it took them to the 5th Congress of the World Federation of
Free Ukrainians at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, and later to a Canadian
celebration in Ottawa.
In 1999, Dunai had the prestigious honour of performing at the 1999
World Rowing Championships in St. Catharines.
Dunai's programme numbers one hundred dancers ranging from children 5
years of age to university graduates. Many past dancers continue to take
part in Dunai activities including administrative, productions and
teaching. Children of members of the original group are dancing and
Dunai is well known and respected in the Niagara and Western New York
regions. They are recipients of many awards and acknowledgements.
With the help of their enthusiastic dancers, who are always ready to
please, Dunai continues to develop and grow. Dunai loves to perform, so
let them perform for you. Come see Dunai!