DC folk dance group raises thousands for Ukraine relief
With bright costumes and a lot of energy, the Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble showed off its moves in a concert to raise funds for Ukraine.
At the All Souls Church Unitarian in D.C., the group performed for a sold out show it called Dancing to #StandWithUkraine.
“As soon as the war broke out in Ukraine, we knew that we needed to find a way to help,” said Wesley Reisser, director and founder of the group.
This was the final of three shows the group performed in the area over the last few weeks. So far, the group has raised more than $24,000 in donations to help support World Central Kitchen and the Catholic charity Caritas in their Ukrainian relief work.
Washington-Area Folk Group Dances To Raise Funds And Awareness For Ukraine
Steve Horoff’s weekly commute into D.C. for dance practice has taken on a new meaning since Russia invaded Ukraine a month ago.
The Columbia, Maryland resident and third-generation Ukrainian American dances with the Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble, named for the Carpathian Mountains of Central Europe that pass through Ukraine. About half of Carpathia’s 22 members are of Ukrainian heritage or have connections to the country, said founder Wesley Reisser.
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Гопак у виконанні американців! Вашингтонський колектив народного танцю «Карпатія» виконує українські, польські, румунські, угорські, болгарські, македонські, литовські танці. Склад ансамблю Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble – мультинаціональний, там є навіть мексиканці. Танцівники часто виступають на фестивалях безкоштовно, бо їхня місія – закохувати в народний танець американців.
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