Professor - Richard Wacko earned an MFA from the University of Utah, a B. Admin from Athabasca University and a Diploma in Marketing Management from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Early studies began at the Ukrainian National Federal School of Dance and continued at the Alberta Ballet School. He received private instruction with Maria Bokor at the Dance Art Academy, and has studied in Kiev, USSR, at the Virsky State Academy, and at Les Ballets Russes de Montreal. He has served as artistic director of the Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and the Volya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. In addition to giving master classes in character and classical folk dance, Rick has also been a guest choreographer for dance companies in Canada and the United States. He is the Artistic Director of departments Character Dance Ensemble and is the departmental Graduate Advisor. In addition to studio classes Richard also instructs Ballet History, Technology-Multimedia and Portfolio Design. He recently published a CD ROM on Character Dance and co- published several audio CD’s on Character Dance. Under his leadership, CDE has toured to Canada, England, Russia, Spain, Japan, Greece, Costa Rica and China.