Jaddock continues to adjudicate many dance competitions and spent most of August 2023 teaching summer intensives in Canada. He also had the opportunity to judge a talent competition at Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival, which represented a full-circle moment for him.
“This dance competition was the first one I ever adjudicated back in 2016, and to come back in 2023 with even more knowledge to share with the dancers was really special,” says Jaddock.
Specializing in Ukrainian dance and celebrating his culture is especially powerful for Jaddock in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“As Ukrainians living abroad, we wake up every day and get to choose to preserve and celebrate this culture; the people living in Ukraine right now don’t have this choice,” says Jaddock. “The more we do to preserve and explore Ukrainian culture as its own identity, the easier it is to pull up our fellow Ukrainians and keep them with us as they fight for their freedom.”
Another full-circle moment is also on the horizon for Jaddock. In spring 2024, he will stage a new piece of choreography for BYU’s main company; this piece is based off of the choreography he created for his Steinhardt Masters’ Concert but never got to perform because of the pandemic.
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