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Melanie Moravski Dechnicz

Artistic Director

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Melanie Hiluta

General Manager

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AleX DechnICZ

Production Manager

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Stephan Moravski

Creative Designer

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Natalia Moravski

Costume Designer

 
 

Artistic Director

Melanie Moravski Dechnicz

Merited (Performing) Artist Of Ukraine | Заслужений Діяч Мистецтв України

Graduate of a Bachelor of Performing Arts, (Monash University) Melanie danced and trained with Virsky, Ukraine’s most prestigious dance company in Kyiv in 2001. She has also trained under many renowned Ukrainian choreographers including Mykola Kanevets, Sergei Zubatov, Sergei Makarov and Valery Debelyy.

In 2009 Melanie was awarded with the title Merited (Performing) Artist of Ukraine by the Ukrainian President.

Artistic Director of Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company and The Lehenda School. Melanie is also the Character Lecturer at the Melbourne Conservatoire of Ballet. She has taught at dance ensembles and schools nationally and internationally, including The Australian Ballet School Summer School (annually) and The Roma Pryma Bohachevsky Ukrainian Dance Workshop.
Melanie is trained to deliver the ‘Ballet Conservatoire’ training syllabus developed by Christine Walsh, former Principal Artist of the Australia Ballet Company, based of the Vaganova method.

Melanie has Choreographed many touring productions, most noted works are full length folk ballet ‘Kazka’ and ‘Legend, Stories of a Nation’.

To contact Melanie email director@lehenda.com.au

 
 

General Manager

MELANIE HILUTA

Bio coming soon

Costume Designer

Natalia Moravski

Natalia began her work as a costume designer with Verchovyna Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, CYM Melbourne in 1975 when she took on the role as Artistic Director. Her interest in researching and designing traditional costumes to compliment her choreography began at this time. After 20 years as Artistic Director she become head Costume Designer. Natalia has many years of experience project managing concerts and tours regionally and nationally and internationally. Natalia is a member of the board of MAV (Multicultural Arts Victoria). Between 1996-2001 she organised four major exhibitions focused on Ukrainian art and culture: Steppes Across Ukraine (VicHealth Access Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria), Ukrainian Echoes (VicHealth Access Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria), A Place in the Sun (VicHealth Access Gallery, Immigration Museum), 50th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Catholic Church - the life of Ukrainian Catholics in Australia over 50 years (St Patrick's Cathedral, Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, Ukrainian Museum). She is MAV's longest serving Board member and current Deputy Chairperson.  Natalia has lead all costume designs for Lehenda including Kazka and LEGEND - Stories of a Nation.

PRODUCTION Manager

ALEX DECHNICZ

Performing Ukrainian Cossack dancing since the age of 3, taught by his grandmother, Australian Ukrainian Dance pioneer Natalia Tyrawski, Alex has been teaching Ukrainian Dance for over 15 years. Alex is one of the famous Cossack Brothers of Melbourne and has performed and toured with various Australian Ukrainian Dance Companies over the years. From the Sydney 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony, AFL Footy Show, Folklorama Festival (Canada) to countless festivals, weddings and corporate shows, Alex is a great asset to the team, inspiring boys of all ages with his experience and extensive range of solos.

Scenic and Graphic Design

Stephan Moravski

Stephan Moravski is a set designer based in downtown Manhattan, an alumnus of Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, graduating with a Master of Set Design for Stage and Film. He completed his Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. His recent work includes: ‘Bound’ (Fresh Squeezed Opera NYC), ‘Carmen’ (Opera Naples), ‘Carmen’ (Moorhead Opera Fargo), ‘Aida’ (Opera Naples), ‘Figaro’ (Opera Naples), ‘Tesla’ opera (Colony Theater, Miami), ‘Cendrillon’ (Frost School of Music, National Opera Association first prize winner), ‘Legend, Stories of a Nation’ (Lehenda Dance company), ‘Rabbit Hole’ (Theater with a view, PA), ‘Don Juan’ (Bard College), “I wasn’t going to tell anybody’ an Adam Bock play (NYU), ‘Eurydice’ (Jane Havoc Theater), and was associate on ‘Rags Parkland’ (Ars Nova, 2019 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Musical), ‘The Treasurer’ (Playwrights Horizons) and ‘Light Years’ (Powerhouse Theater). He and his team were 2017 finalists in Opera America’s Director-Designer grant for their work on ‘Glory Denied.’ Stephan has assisted Opera designer Paul Steinberg and freelances as a design consultant in creative visual merchandising at Tiffany & Co. Stephan has a strong connection to his Ukrainian heritage and grew up dancing and teaching Ukrainian dance. He is currently the resident designer and Creative Director at Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company, and the resident designer at the Phoenix Theatre PA.