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The New Archangel Dancers are a local all-women group who perform authentic Russian and Ukranian dances in full costume. The group started in 1969 and got its title from when Sitka was the capital of Russian America and was called New Archangel.

The original troupe was composed of eight volunteer dancers. While they are still completely a volunteer group, they have expanded to about 35 local women who juggle their daily lives with putting on almost 50 performances per month over the course of the summer. Besides Sitka, they have also performed in Japan, Canada, Mexico, Russia and the lower 48 states, at dance festivals, tourism trade shows, conferences and public events. And they are available for private performances.

The goal of the dancers is to preserve the history and culture of Russian Alaska. None of them are professionals, but they bring in professional folk dance instructors who teach them new dances and help them with music and costumes. They perform over 35 dances from Russia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. Their dress helps add authenticity to the program, with hand-made colorful multi-textured costumes and accessories.

The fee for performances provides the group a place to practice, sound systems, music, dance instructors, costumes and advertising. They also give back to the community: to local performing arts programs through in-kind donations, financial contributions and scholarships for high school students.

Watch For...
Regular summer performances. They are 1/2 hour long and tickets are sold 1/2 hour before each performance at Harrigan Centennial Hall. See the calendar of events for performance dates and times.

See Calendar for Performance Times and Dates

Phone: (907) 747-5516
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Once again, on behalf of [our group], we'd like to thank you all for a great time. Our trip to [your lodge] was truly a success, and as usual the food and accommodations were wonderful. As it turns out, it wasn't until the trip home that we realized how successful we really were. We met parties in the airports in Seattle and in Sacramento returning from Sitka, and found out that they did not limit out in salmon including a threesome that didn't catch any. Much of the credit for our success should go to Captain Jeff for his dogged perseverance. And, despite the pesky sea lions, we were able to limit out even with a couple rookies on board. Please offer him special thanks for that and his solicitous concern for the old guy (me). Also thanks to Levi, the deckhand, especially on my behalf as I gave him a thorough refresher course in how to untangle a line and reel. We're already talking about our return trip and I gave your name and information to the party from [a different lodge] that got skunked on the salmon. Thanks again. -Ralph S. (June 2010)