ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - ZHENIA BAHRI
"Art is imagination... it takes people away from their everyday worries and reminds them how beautiful life is."
- Zhenia Bahri, Artistic Director
The Volya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble has been privileged to be under the artistic direction of Zhenia Bahri since 2000. Born and raised in Ukraine, Zhenia became entranced by his native country’s artistic traditions at a young age. He began dancing at the age of three, and graduated with honors from the Professional Dance and Dance Education program at Chernivtsi College of Cultural Arts. Immediately after receiving his diploma, Zhenia embarked on a 12-year professional career with the Bukovyna State Song and Dance Ensemble, performing internationally as an ensemble member, principal dancer and primary soloist. He immigrated to Canada in 1993, where he quickly became an established and highly respected teacher, adjudicator and choreographer.
Zhenia’s unsurpassed passion, knowledge and experience in the art of Ukrainian dance has brought Volya to new artistic heights, and won the group international acclaim. The unique repertoire he has created is solidly based in the Ukrainian folk tradition and the highest standards of technical excellence, while also reflecting the evolution that has made the art form a sensation with audiences around the world.