Faculty

Kelly Farwell

Miss Kelly has been professionally trained for 20 years in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Lyrical. She also has a BA of Psychology from the University of Waterloo. Kelly continues to educate herself by travelling and attending conventions and seminars in the dance industry. Kelly takes pride in training young dancers to reach their maximum potential, while raising strong and independent individuals that will carry the determination to succeed in all aspects of life. She is positive, passionate and innovative in her work. Her groups and soloists continue to be recognized with international titles and numerous awards each year. Her intense training strives to help dancers achieve their highest level of technical and stylistic ability. Kelly develops a relationship with her dancers where they feel comfortable and motivated to grow, not only as dancers but as thriving individuals. Her results show what dedication she has to her students, and the dedication they have to her.

"Don’t only teach great dancing, teach the love of dance."

Ronda Cunningham

Ronda Cunningham was born in the small town of Lamont, Alberta. She trained at Canada's National Ballet School, Toronto from the age of 8 to 19 years, under the direction of Betty Oliphant. She entered the National Ballet of Canada in 1984 under the direction of Erik Bruhn and was quickly promoted to the rank of Soloist. Soon-after, she was invited to join the Deutsche Opera in Berlin, under the direction of Gert Reinholm and a year later, she was personally invited by Maurice Bejart to work with him in Lausanne, Switzerland as a Principal Ballerina. Her repertory includes all the Major Classical Ballets, including Principal Roles in The Nutcraker, La Fille Mal Gardee, Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and Les Sylphides, as well as leading roles in several ballets by the immortal George Balanchine, Sir Kennith MacMillan, Maurice Bejart and John Cranko.


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, Deutsche Opera Berlin and Ballet Bejart Lausanne as well as Alberta Ballet and Veronica Tennant Productions. She has created two original roles in dance films, directed and produced by Veronica Tennant C.C: “TRIO” (Gemini Award for best cinematography) and “Northern Light: Visions and Dreams.”


Celebrated as exceptionally versatile and internationally known as a choreographer's “Muse”, Ronda has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with a roster of illustrious choreographers, working with or having roles created especially for her by such renowned choreographers as Hans Van Mannen, Rudi Van Danzig, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Glen Tetley, Maurice Bejart, John Alleyne, Dominique Dumais, Mark Godden, Veronica Tennant and David Nixon. Mrs. Cunningham is privileged to have danced on the stage with Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Erik Bruhn, Maurice Bejart, Fernando Bujones, Rex Harrington, Frank Augustyn, just to name a few.


Returning home to Alberta, Canada, Ronda joined the Alberta Ballet, under the direction of Mikko Nissinen. In 2000-2001, she was commissioned by Alberta Ballet to choreograph for the Festival of New Works. Ronda also taught ballet extensively in Alberta for 4 years. Returning to Toronto, Ronda was a Guest Artist with the National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Jorgen and Veronica Tennant Productions; she continued to teach and mentor aspiring young dancers.


Ronda is passionate about offering her love in Dance and in this, she is propelled by teaching and choreographing for professionals and students. Ronda is thrilled to join our staff and eager to share her passion and knowledge with the students of District Dance Company.

Brittany Fitzsimmons

With strong yet calming presence Brittany will captivate any audience. Brittany is a Toronto based dancer who has been dancing for 16 years. At the age of 11, Brittany was accepted on scholarship to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Summer Program, in which she was asked to attend The Royal Winnipeg full time ballet- academic program. This rigorous curriculum of classical, modern, pointe, character and Spanish dance was complimented with a high standard in academics. She completed 5 years and graduated at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet's professional division.


Contemporary dance was a love that was fostered through the introduction of modern dance while attending the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. After completing studies in Winnipeg, Brittany moved to Toronto to further her contemporary dance studies. She trained at The Conteur Academy, directed by Eryn Waltman, completing the two year program with a certificate. Conteur has allowed Brittany to nurture her natural talent and grow as a dancer technically, and artistically. Brittany has recently completed New York City's Movement Invention Project, a renowned improvisational workshop with guest artists and choreographers such as Peter Chu, Alexandra Wells and Gabriel Forestier. In addition to her full time dancing, teaching allows Brittany to enjoy her ability to influence dancers at a young age, the way she was, in order to promote dance as a incredible athletic art form. Brittany continues to inspire and place her passion in others throughout her career as a dancer.