Renowned dancer, choreographer Roma Pryma-Bohachevsky dies
PARSIPPANY, N.J. - Roma Pryma-Bohachevsky, internationally renowned prima ballerina, choreographer and artistic director, died on Sunday, May 23, after a prolonged illness.
Ms. Pryma-Bohachevsky began her dance career in Ukraine and continued it in Europe and North America. During four decades of work as a choreographer and dance instructor, she popularized Ukainian folk dance. She directed Ukrainian folk dance ensembles in the tri-state, New York-New Jersey-Connecticut area, and her students over the past 40 years numbered in the thousands.
She was known especially for her choreography of regional dances from Ukraine, as well as for her stylized character dances and interpretive numbers that drew upon Ukrainian dance forms, classical ballet and modern dance.
Syzokryli Ukrainian Dance Ensemble — Artistic Director and Choreographer
The ensemble's artistic director is Roma Pryma-Bohachevsky, an internationally recognized prima ballerina and choreographer. Having started her career as a ballerina in Ukraine, she received a diploma from the Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts, and continued her studies in the United States. Ms. Bohachevsky's stage appearances have included solo performances and concert tours of Europe, North America and Central America. Eventually she turned to teaching and choreography, deeply influenced by the methods of Agrippina Vaganova and Martha Graham, with whom she studied.
Among Ms. Bohachevsky's many choreographic creations are "Peer Gynt," "Kvit Paporoti" (Blossoming Fern), and "Cinderella," which have been danced over the years by hundreds of her students.