Natasha Olshevska

Artistic Director / Senior Instructor

Natasha moved to Canada following an illustrious career where she studied dance in Ukraine for 16 years performing in numerous countries around the world. Natasha also danced with Theatre Ballet in Ukraine for three years where she was awarded a “first category ballerina” degree.

In addition Natasha taught dance in Ukraine for six years. She currently dances with Calgary’s Suzirya Ukrainian Dance Theatre and has taught with Yalenka since 2001. She continues to dedicate herself to Yalenka's dancers and is well known for her creative choreography and vision behind Yalenka’s storyline each year. Her passion and love of dance is legendary!

Jordan Trechka


Jordan comes to the Yalenka family with over a decade of diverse dance and teaching experiences. Graduating from the University of Calgary with a BA in contemporary dance, and a BEd. in Early Childhood Education. Jordan has been excited to share his passion for movement with children and adults any chance he gets. Having danced under the direction of Serguei Makarov with Suzirya Ukrainian Dance Theatre, Jordan has toured across Canada, Europe, Australia and the western United States delighting audiences. As a proud supporter of the local Ukrainian community, he loves to teach the art of dance, and is also a member of Korinnya Folk Ensemble.

Milolika Smolyaninova


Milolika (aka Lika) is a Yalenka alumna, starting her journey in Ukrainian dance 13 years ago with Yalenka. She then returned to us as an assistant instructor. Currently at the University of Calgary she is double majoring in Mathematics and Education to one day become a Mathematics teacher. She fights for any chance she can get to spread some knowledge and skill!

Though she retired from Yalenka, she currently dances with the rest of the wonderful instructors at Suzirya Ukrainian Dance Theatre. Milolika loves being part of the Ukrainian dance community and is super excited for the new year of dance.