Darka Tarnawsky

Executive Director       780.455.9559 ext. 102 executive.director@shumka.com


Darka Tarnawsky is founding president of Bottom Line Productions, an Alberta-based arts marketing firm, and has been involved in the industry as a performer, volunteer, supporter and professional manager for over 30 years. Her client roster has included Edmonton Opera; Edmonton International Jazz Festival; Royal Winnipeg Ballet; CKUA Radio Network; Alberta Ballet; Festival Place; Edmonton International Street Performers Festival; Catalyst Theatre; Cirque du Soleil; Cavalia; Brian Webb Dance Company; the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival and Broadway Across Canada with their musical touring productions of  Lion King and Wicked…. to name a few. Bottom Line’s main services include strategic marketing, event planning, development, communications, and media relations.

Darka holds a BSc with a specialization in Psychology from the University of Alberta (1987), and an Arts & Cultural Management Certificate from Macewan University (1989). She was the recipient of the 1998 Macewan Distinguished Alumni Award and won the Mayor’s Award for Promotion of the Arts in Edmonton in 2005. In 2015, Darka was chosen to be featured in Macewan’s Our People 2015-2017 recruitment campaign as a successful alumnist and faculty member.

Darka is a former Ukrainian Shumka Dancer, a Lifetime Honorary Member and current Executive Director of the organization. She served as president of Shumka leading up to and during its historic tour to Ukraine and Moscow in 1990.

From 1993 to 2001, Bottom Line Productions was contracted to handle all development/fundraising duties for Shumka including grantsmanship, donor campaigns, special events, and corporate sponsorships. Darka secured Shumka’s largest-ever corporate cash donation to that date, a $50,000 Royal Bank sponsorship of Shumka’s 1995 Absolutely Shumka tour. Bottom Line Productions has provided Marketing Direction on numerous Shumka national tours, local performances and general operations. Under Darka’s direction, the company was also co-producer of Shumka’s 40th Anniversary Canadian tour of Cinderella which took place in 2000.

Darka has volunteered as a board and committee member with a number of community arts organizations including Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts, Alberta Ukrainian Dance Association, Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta, and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton. Darka was a faculty member of the Arts & Cultural Management Program at Macewan University from 2003 – 2017, instructing courses including Publicity and Media Relations, Marketing Principles, Audience and Resource Development, and Performing Arts Management.


June Eeles

Programs & Outreach Coordinator   780.455.9559 ext. 101 june.eeles@shumka.com


June’s background in the Arts began at the University of Alberta, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. She became affiliated with the Shumka School of Dance 16 years ago, when she brought her three boys to begin their Ukrainian dance training. She believed right from the start that Shumka School was the best place for Ukrainian dance. Now, after more than seven years as Programs Administrator, she endeavors to provide a smooth-running operation so that Shumka School will continue to thrive. Her top priority is to make sure that everyone feels important and valued as a member of the Shumka family.


Peter Eeles

School Principal     780.455.9559 ext. 103 peter.eeles@shumka.com


Peter has been with the Shumka family for 19 years. He first started Ukrainian dance at the age of eight, when he entered the Shumka School of Dance and continued as a student for seven years. He is now a retired member of the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and has been an instructor with Shumka School of Dance since 2006, teaching at both the Edmonton Studios and the satellite school in Sherwood Park. In Shumka, Peter has been lucky enough to work with Dave Ganert, John Pichlyk, Viktor Lytvynov, Jean-Marc Généreux, and the Virsky Ukrainian National Folk Dance Ensemble of Ukraine. Since achieving full member status with the company in 2009, he has performed in many well-known Shumka performances and tours, including Clara’s Dream, the SHUMKA at 50 China and Canadian tours, and the remount of the Shumka classic, Travelling Chumaky as one of the lead characters. Administratively, Peter served on the Shumka artistic, standards, and executive committees for many years as well as held the position of Shumka Costumes Director for two years.  Peter has managed the Shumka Summer Dance Camps since 2010, moving into the role of School of Dance Principal in 2013. Peter has travelled to Ukraine three times to perform and study Ukrainian dance. He likes to attend as many teaching workshops as possible, including various Ukrainian Instructor Conferences and Shumka Syllabus workshops. A highlight was teaching workshops in Salt Lake City with the International Folk Dance Ensemble at Brigham Young University in 2013. Peter has created a phone APP for Shumka and the School. In his spare time, Peter enjoys learning about graphic design and obsessing over the latest Game of Thrones episode. His strong leadership skills, along with his ability to motivate and inspire youth, will serve Shumka well as it continues in its next journey. Mr. Peter’s favourite regions of Ukraine are Zakarpattia and Central Ukraine.


Joshua Semchuk

Production Manager   production@shumka.com


Joshua has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta in theatre and film production, communications, operations, and administration, and a Masters of Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University. He is such a huge fan of the CFL and the Edmonton Eskimos football club he has appeared on the fan podcast Eskimo Empire not once but 10 times. He coaches his community U10 soccer team, enjoys golf, theatre, film, great TV, history, politics, and reading fiction and communications/marketing research (really). He volunteers for the Fulton Place Community League and has sat on the boards of CKUA Radio, Horizon Players, and Firefly Theatre. He is an Avenue Top 40 Under 40 member and is a Project Jedi with Bottom Line Productions, the greatest company ever


Trinity Chopyk

Shumka Wardrobe Director     trinity.chopyk@shumka.com


Trinity set her sights on being a Shumka dancer when she was very young and realized her dream in 2001. Over the years she has seen the company change and grow and has been proud to be a significant part of that evolution. Trinity is responsible for the costuming needs and coordination for Shumka. She works with volunteers and seamstresses to ensure that costumes are repaired, cleaned and measured to fit each dancer.  The inventory, transportation and distribution of the costumes for each performance are coordinated by Trinity to ensure that Shumka’s professional look is complete. In addition to coordinating all costuming needs, Trinity is also a retired dancer and teacher with Shumka School of Dance. She has travelled with the company to Ukraine, China, and across Canada and has held a director position on several Shumka Executives.


Wally Tarnawsky

Facility Manager    


A 2nd generation Shumka dancer – now Alumnist, Wally has been involved with the company in various aspects for close to 30 years. Using his over 25 years of facility management experience with the Government of Alberta, he recently was instrumental in planning and managing the tenant improvements in SHUMKA’s new Dance Centre. He currently sings in the VITER Folk and AXIOS choirs,  and is a passionate OILERS and ESKIMOS fan.