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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 affiliation.

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 Catskills.

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 teaching today.

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!