Johnnys Ukrainian Dance Year Abroad

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Jonathan Hejnal, and I have been affiliated with the Greater Cleveland Ukrainian Community for the majority of my life. Specifically, I have been dancing with a group named Kashtan for over 25 years now.  

Recently, I have been accepted to a yearlong intensive dance workshop in Ukraine starting in the August of 2018 and ending in July 2019.  With the help of this program, I am looking to further my abilities and training in the realm of Ukrainian dance and eventually take over as director of my group.

The intensive dance immersion program is a year-long where I will train with the best Ukrainian groups known among dancers today, such as Virsky and Yunist just to name a few. I will be studying under their instructors and directors to obtain their knowledge, expertise, and choreography of which I then plan to broaden the repertoire of my Cleveland based group with an overall benefit to the Cleveland Cultural Community at large.  With the completion of this program I will be recognized by the Choreographic Institute of Ukraine for completing the year abroad and training with these groups   

In order to obtain this goal, I am looking for monetary support to cover the cost of the program. My goal is to raise $20,000 in this effort which will cover the program. Your donation will help me to bring back new life into the Ukrainian Dance Community here in Cleveland Ohio for generations to come as well as see a dream of mine come true. 

Thank you again for your contribution.


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Jonathan Hejnal 
Cleveland, OH
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