Artistic Director


Melanie Moravski Dechnicz

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

Graduate of a Bachelor of Performing Arts, (Drama and Theatre Studies, Contemporary Dance) Melanie has studied with many renowned Ukrainian choreographers including Mykola Kanevets, Sergei Zubatov, Sergei Makarov and Valery Debelyy. She danced and studied with Virsky, Ukraine’s most prestigious dance company in Kyiv in 2001. In 2009 Melanie was awarded with the title Merited (Performing) Artist of Ukraine by the Ukrainian President. 

Melanie is a Ukrainian Character Teacher and Choreographer. She is currently the Character Lecturer at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet and teaches at it's affiliate school 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 the former Artistic Director of Verchovyna Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and School (Ukrainian Youth Association Melbourne) of 9 years. Under Melanie’s guidance Verchovyna become the largest semi professional Ukrainian Dance Company in Australia. Melanie has written her own Ukrainian Dance Syllabus and has created and staged numerous dance works Verchovyna, including numerous performances nationally and internationally. In 2015 Melanie also choreographed stage musical Hard Jacka V.C Legend of Gallipoli. She has created 2 full length works; 'Kazka' which successfully toured oNorth America and Australia and LEGEND - Stories of a Nation which is still touring Nationally.

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Scenic and Graphic Design

Stephan Moravski

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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 is currently designing all costumes for the first production ofKazka as well as new Central Ukrainian Costumes for the company

Louis Amirpour

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