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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 25 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 2015-2016 recruitment campaign as a successful alumnist and faculty member.
Darka is a former Ukrainian Shumka Dancer, a Lifetime Honorary Member and current president 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 of Shumka’s 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 other 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 has been a Marketing and Media Relations instructor at Macewan University since 2003. Starting in the fall of 2016, she will be the online and in-class instructor of the Performing Arts Management course in the Arts & Cultural Management Program.
SHUMKA Artistic Lead
John Pichlyk was Shumka’s Artistic Director from 1982 to 1996. He joined the company in 1976 and following periods of study in New York and Ukraine with the famed Virsky Dance Academy, he returned to Canada to become Shumka’s third Artistic Director. A man with a vision and an intrinsic understanding of dance, Pichlyk became the captain at the helm of one of the largest and most diverse dance companies ever to tour across Canada and abroad. Under his guidance, the company made an historic tour to Ukraine and pushed the boundaries of Ukrainian dance by creating a unique hybrid of folk dance, ballet, character and modern dance.
A strong believer in the universality of the human spirit, John Pichlyk endeavours to create dance that transcends all boundaries and ultimately touches the soul. Respectful of the time-honoured traditions of Ukrainian folklore and customs, he believes that Ukrainian dance must also evolve, reflecting the sensitivities of the performers and their audience.
SHUMKA Artistic Associate
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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.
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Peter has been with the Shumka family for 18 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 people like 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 as well as the Shumka Costumes Director.
Peter has managed the Shumka Summer Dance Camps since 2010, moving into the role of School Principal in 2013. He has currently completed his third year as Principal of Shumka School of Dance. 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 recently 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 Podillia.
SHUMKA Wardrobe Director
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.
SCHOOL Wardrobe Director
Shelley began her love of dance at five years of age when she began her training at the St. Basil’s School of Dance. Later, to complement her dance training she began studying the discipline of ballet at the Edmonton School of Ballet. At the age of 14, Shelley became a charter member of the Kupalo Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. After gaining valuable training and performing experience with Kupalo she joined the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers in 1987.
With Shumka, Shelley was fortunate to train with a number of gifted instructors such John Pichlyk, Viktor Lytvynov, Mykola Kanivetz, Ihor Kozlowsky, Annya Smeetz, Hannah Livingston-Young and Brian Webb. Shelley toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States from 1987 through to 1995. Memorable performance experiences include appearances at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, Expo ’86 in Vancouver and Festival ’88 in Edmonton. Shelley was also a part of the company’s historic Ukraine Tour in 1990.
Celebrating her 25th year as a dance instructor, Shelley continues to inspire dancers young and old to embrace the spirit, fun and excitement that Ukrainian dance has to offer. Shelley has taught at a number of dance schools throughout Edmonton and Calgary including: Kupalo Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Koperoush, Strathcona County Festival Place, Shumka School of Dance, St. Basil’s School of Dance, St. John’s Dance School, St. Stephen’s Dance Program and the Tryzub School of Dance.
As the Kupalo Artistic Director, Shelley travelled extensively participating in international dance festivals and workshops such as the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland, Springfield Scandinavian Festival in Idaho, Cork International Dance Festival in Ireland, and Soyuzivka Ukrainian Festival in New York. In 2008 and again in 2011, Shelley toured Ukraine with Kupalo. There, she was privileged to participate in workshops offered by Dana Demkiw and Steppan Rubiak.
Shelley has also served as an adjudicator at the Ukrainian Pysanka Festival in Vegreville and the Vermillion and District Music and Dance Festival.