Ukrainian dancer wants to contribute to society
Dancing for a Better Life
In 2008, Ukrainian dancer Andriy Matvienko took part in a TV Show called "I´m dancing for you" ( Танцюю для тебе ). Every contestant of this show danced for a child´s dream. One girl's biggest dream was to have good eye sight: Svitlana Tsys had glaucoma of both eyes, and her ability to see decreased daily. Doctors had prescribed a long course of medication in order to prevent complete loss of vision, but her family could not afford the treatment.
Andriy Matvienko danced for her and, in the end, won the competition and was able to save the girl's sight.
Now a dance teacher living in Mirhorod, Poltava Region, Ukraine, Matvienko got in touch with dancing 13 years ago and opened his own dance school with five dance groups 8 years ago. "Our teacher is very kind, responsible and well organized. He teaches with great patience and power of endurance. He creates dances in a very harmonic and beautiful way. Only with the help of simple movements he makes up a special story which is interesting to watch for everyone, even for people who don’t know anything about dance. Every one of his dances takes up a small part of his soul" tells Maria, one of his students.Andriy Matvienko
When questioned about his attitude towards his work, he replied: “If you work, you will get a result.” And this is his main rule. What's more, it´s his credo. According to these words he is strict with his younger dancers.
Matvienko and his pupils take part in different Ukrainian and international dance competitions. They always win, and give nearly 60% of the proceeds to charity.
Matvienko turned a random group of people into a family. Some of his pupils agreed: “He not only taught us how to dance, but also how to live.” And they are grateful for it. All of his students would do anything for him if he needed help, because they know for sure that he would do the same for them.
Many people love and respect Matvienko for the person he is and for his achievements so far. So, wouldn't the world be a bit better if there were more people like Andriy Matvienko?