In the early 1970’s an enthusiastic group of young men were interested in forming a group that exemplified the spirit of the Cossack. From this start, emerged a troupe of riders and dancers that are known today as Canada’s National Riding and Dancing Cossacks and Company. They are dedicated to the education and portrayal of the culture of the 16th Century Zaporozhian Cossacks.
Over the last 45 years, the Cossacks and Company have thrilled audiences with their unique and vibrant performances. They have entertained at numerous festivals and ethnic functions including performances for Queen Elizabeth II and the late Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn. The vitality and versatility of the group is infectious. Audiences instantly become part of the spirit that is alive and strong in the group today. The group’s commitment to Ukrainian culture is displayed through their performances and their reenactments of Cossack camp life.