CHOREOGRAPHER
BRYAN PITCHKO

Bryan began his dancing career in Winnipeg in 1990. He joined the ranks of a church based group on one condition. "I get to do the split jumps." Since that time Bryan has spent twenty-three years as a dancer, thirteen of which were with semi-professional companies and seven as an instructor and choreographer.
Bryan is a performing member of the Volya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble based in Edmonton. Bryan currently works full time as a commercial insurance broker in Calgary, Alberta. During his years of dancing, Bryan has travelled to five continents and performed in over a dozen countries. Despite the many exotic locations in which he has performed, Bryan considers his most memorable performance to be the one he shared with his two sisters and both his parents, who are all Ukrainian dancers, as well.
Bryan has instructed and run workshops with such groups as Kupalo Ukrainian Dancers (Edmonton), Zorya Dancers (Vernon, B.C.), Sopilka Dancers (Vegreville), Volya School (Edmonton) Tryzub School (Calgary), Holubka Dancers (Smokey Lake, AB), and St. Basil's School of Dance (Edmonton). Bryan has been the guest choreographer for the Zorya Senior Ensemble since January of 2012.
The Ensemble and the School have benefited greatly from the vast experience and artistic insight Bryan has brought with him as a dancer, a respected choreographer and a dynamic and passionate teacher.
Outside of the dancing world Bryan is a dedicated musician, golf enthusiast, and enjoys spending time with his niece and nephew. Without a doubt, the most inspirational person in Bryan's dancing career has been his Baba Betty, who at the age of 92, never turned down a polka.

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