Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
Our Artistic Director
Natalie M. Kapeluck is a product of the Kyiv Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
School and was trained in Ukrainian folk ballet by her mother, Beverly
Komar Kapeluck (Vasil Avramenko Soloist). Ms. Kapeluck also attended
the Soyuzivka Dance Camps under the direction of Peter Marunczak.
In 1986, Ms. Kapeluck began choreographing for the Kyiv Dance
Ensemble and, in 1992, became Artistic Director and head of the School.
In 1994, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from Point Park
College. Natalie has trained with Roberto Munoz, Ana Blum, Nicholas
Petrov, Alexander Filipov and Douglas Bentz. She performed,
choreographed, managed and designed lighting for various amateur
ballet and professional modern companies in the Pittsburgh area as well
as the Playhouse Dance Theater.
Ms. Kapeluck has taught for Southwest Ballet, Civic Light Opera
Academy, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, Western Pennsylvania School
for the Deaf and many others, in addition to conducting Ukrainian Dance
workshops across the US and Canada.
Ms. Kapeluck was a featured dancer with the Mary Miller Dance Company
for eight seasons. In addition, she choreographed four multi-disciplinary
shows with MN2 productions based on Ukrainian Folklore. In the summer
of 2007, MN2 production Ancestral Voices toured in Cincinnati, Cleveland,
New York City and Toronto. In March 2003 Ms. Kapeluck formed her own
dance company, Slava Modern Dance.