Ronda Nychka (M.Div)

Ronda Nychka was born in Lamont, Alberta.  She trained at Canada's National Ballet School (Betty Oliphant), Toronto for 10 years,  entered the National Ballet of Canada under the direction of the famous Erik Bruhn (including Lynn Wallis, Director, Royal Academy of Dance, London, England) and was quickly promoted to the Rank of Soloist.  Soon-after, she was invited to join the Staatts Ballet Berlin (Gert Reinholm).  A year later, she was personally invited by the iconic Maurice Bejart to work with him in Lausanne, Switzerland as a Principal Ballerina with "Bejart Ballet Lausanne."  Her repertory includes all the Major Classical Ballets, including Principal Roles in The Nutcracker, La Fille Mal Gardee, Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Les Sylphides, La Sylphide, Le Corsaire, as well as leading roles in several ballets by the immortal George Balanchine, Sir Kennith MacMillan, Peter Wright, Frederick Ashton, Roland Petit, Maurice Bejart, Valery Panov, Hans Van Mannen, Glen Tetley and John Cranko.  

Highly regarded for her dramatic abilities, lyrical qualities, and exceptional versatility in both Classical, Neo-Classical and Contemporary repertoire, she has received critical acclaim throughout the world as she graced the stages of the most prestigious theaters worldwide performing with The National Ballet of Canada (“New York Times” for her “outstanding” performance of “The Prostitute” in Glen Tetley's “La Ronde”; Staatts Ballet Berlin and Ballet Bejart Lausanne (in both companies for her portrayal of “Elue” in Maurice Bejart's “The Rite of Spring”, Alberta Ballet, for her portrayal of “Siren” in George Balanchine's “The Prodigal Son” and Veronica Tennant Productions (for dancing in film).

Celebrated and internationally known as a choreographer's “Muse”~ Ms. Nychka has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with a roster of illustrious choreographers and dancers world-wide: working with or having roles created especially for her by such renowned choreographers as Celia Franca, Hans Van Mannen, Rudi Van Danzig, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Glen Tetley, Maurice Bejart, John Alleyne, Dominique Dumais, Mark Godden, Peggy Baker, David Allan, Helgi Tomasson, Anna Sokolow, Veronica Tennant C.C. and David Nixon.  Ms. Nychka is privileged to have directly worked with Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Erik Bruhn, Maurice Bejart, Fernando Bujones, Richard Cragun, Lynn Seymour, Azari Plisetsky, Magdalena Popa, Michael Denard, Natalia Makarova, Marcia Haydee, Reid Anderson, John Meehan, Colleen Neary, Victoria Simons, Joysanne Sidimus, Alonzo King, Roslyn Anderson, Peter Martins, David Howard, Maggie Black, Gianni Versace, Victor Litvinov, Karen Kain C.C., Alexander Grant, Peter Wright, Sylvie Guillem, Lynn Wallis and Sean Cheesman; and partnered by Maurice Bejart, Rex Harrington O.C., Frank Augustyn O.C., Jorge Donn, Gil Roman, Kevin Hagen, David Nixon, Patrick Aiden De Bana, Jannick Bouquin, Aidar Akhmetov, Peter Shauffus, John Alleyne and Julio Arozarena.        

In 2000-2001, she was commissioned by Mikko Nissinen (director Boston Ballet) and Alberta Ballet to choreograph for the 1st. Canadian Festival of New Works.  In the creation of “Virtues & Vices” she was responsible for the music, choreography, costume and set design, a cast of 26 dancers (including Mikko Nissinen), and sound text written and recorded especially for her by the luminous Veronica Tennant C.C.  Ms. Nychka was also invited as a Guest Artist with the National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Jorgen and Veronica Tennant Productions.

Ms. Nychka has been frequently involved and featured in creating dance for television on both the international and national scene, including Pyramides by Maurice Bejart, Television Suisse Romandes; La Ronde by Glen Tetley, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation with Adrienne Clarkson Presents.  She was featured in Flamenco at 5:15 directed by Cynthia Scott- Academy Award for Best Documentary.  Ms. Nychka has created two original roles in dance films, choreographed, directed and produced by Veronica Tennant C.C: “TRIO”- Gemini Award, and “Northern Light: Visions and Dreams.”   

Among her honors and awards, she is a recipient of Canada Council Grants and The Peter Dwyer Award of Excellence.  Ms. Nychka received her Master of Divinity (University of Toronto) through the generous support of The Dancer Transition Resource Centre.  In 2008 she was ordained a Minister, served inner-city Toronto with "Yonge Street Mission" and devoted herself to church planting in rural Canada; where she focused on prison and youth ministry and social justice.  Soon after, she was selected as one of “20 up-and-coming Women in Toronto” by “The Catherine The Great Society” of the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she danced/choreographed among the paintings of Emily Carr; she continues to enjoy fruitful collaborations with colleagues in the artistic Canadian, American and European community of Dramatic and Musical Theatre, Dance, Choral and Visual Arts.  Ms. Nychka has collaborated with “The Arts and Letters Club - Toronto” in multi-disciplinary works and was a favorite headliner as a Featured Artist/Dancer in Veronica Tennant's C.C. “Invitation to The Dance” with celebrated Canadian concert pianists Robert Kortgaard and Peter Tiefenbach; “Songs for Survival” produced/directed by Veronica Tennant C.C. with the Oriana Singers and danced with students of Canada's National Ballet School where she conducted the women's choir through dance; Moses Znaimer's Idea City; “Carmen La Gitana” (Producer/Director: Veronica Tennant C.C.) in the Ballet/Flamenco/Contemporary/Theatrical role of Micaela and Manuelita opposite Rex Harrington O.C., Soprano Jean Stilwell and Veronica Tennant C.C..   

Ms. Nychka has been consistently teaching Ballet for 23 years.  She was on the faculty of Grant McKewan College as a Master Ballet Instructor, Artist-in-Residence at Belhaven University as a Guest Master Teacher and Choreographer and continues to be in high demand from dance schools, companies and competitions as a Judge in the genres of Classical Ballet, Lyrical, Modern and Contemporary.  

Ms. Nychka is exceptionally qualified in her vast and professional experience of training, teaching, adjudicating and performing within the Classical Ballet genres that she has embodied:  Enrico Cecchetti (Betty Oliphant, National Ballet School), Royal Academy of Dancing (Lynn Wallis, Director RAD London, Lynn Seymour, Alexander Grant, Peter Wright, Christine Anthony), Aggripina Vaganova (Victor Litvinov, Azari Plisetski, Rudolf Nureyev), Paris Opera Ballet (Denis Ganio, Sylvie Guillem, Maurice Bejart, Michael Denard), August Bournonville (Erik Bruhn, Peter Shauffus, Eva Evdokimova), Cuban Style (Laura Alonso) and George Balanchine (Joysanne Sidimus, Colleen Neary, Victoria Simons, Peter Martins, Kevin Hagen).   She is versed in the genres of National, Character, Modern, Contemporary, Liturgical Dance: Martha Graham, Maurice Bejart, Jiri Kylian, William Fosythe and Roland Petit.  

“I enjoy sharing my knowledge and passion for the Life Dance; encouraging all who are captured by the Love of Dance!”