Instructors Bio

Lisa Hall - Artistic Director

Lisa Hall - Artistic Director

Lisa received her Ukrainian dance training at Veselka and later with the Volya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Edmonton Alberta, under the direction of Rick Wacko. She continued her ballet training at Pacific Dance Centre working her way through the Royal Academy of Dance exams. She graduated from Victoria Arts Collaborative Professional Division as a scholarship student and later joined the company. In 1990 Lisa became Dance Director of Veselka's School and Co-Director of Veselka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. She was appointed Artistic Director in 1994. Lisa has been teaching province-wide for the last 25 years and is currently a teacher at Saltspring Arts Academy, GISPA (Gulf Island School of Performing Arts) and Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific.

Sydney Edmondson

Sydney Edmondson

Sydney Edmondson is an Anthropology Major at the University of Victoria. Sydney has danced with Veselka since 1999, studying Ukrainian, Ballet and Yoga and is currently a senior dancer. She also danced at Westshore Dance Studio for 4 years, studying Ballet, Pointe, Modern and Tap. She has successfully completed Dance exams in RAD Ballet: Grade 6, Grade 7 and Grade 8; as well as AIDT Modern: Final Grade, Preliminary Junior and Preliminary. She participated in the Performing Group with Westshore performing in Jazz and Hip Hop pieces, as well as a Lyrical duet and 2 solos. She was a member of Dance Academy for 3 years at Belmont Secondary, training in Modern, Lyrical, Jazz and Hip Hop. Sydney has participated in various dance camps, festivals, workshops and performances such as Veselka's Dance Camps, Red Boot Camp, Ukrainian Tour, Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, Danceworks, and Triple Threat Dance Convention. When she is not dancing or studying, she enjoys working with children, reading, hiking and snowshoeing.