Board OF dIRECTORS
Jennifer Bennett Darbyshire
Executive Assistant to the Artistic Director/Administrative Manager, The National Ballet of Canada
Date of Election: March 9, 2017
"Before I began my career as a performing arts administrator, I remember attending a Dusk Dances performance one summer's eve. I remember sitting in the grass, chatting with other attendees, and getting swept up in the magic of the artists dancing into the twilight. It gives me such pleasure to return to this organisation to support Sylvie's vision. I believe that the arts hold such a vital place in our communities and love that Dusk Dances is bringing communities together to share high quality contemporary and traditional dance in public parks."
Retired, Civil Servant
Date of Election: May 24, 2016
"I am very proud to be part of this organization which brings such beauty and artistic excellence to our communities and our friends and family. Living near Withrow Park, I have been a long-time fan of Dusk Dances and look forward to the wonderful performances in the years ahead. Organizations like Dusk Dances contribute to the health of our communities and make them wonderful places to live."
Choreographic Associate / Creative Producer, The National Ballet of Canada
Date of Election: March 24, 2020
"I have a great admiration for Sylvie’s vision and the wonderful festival she has built. Dusk Dances makes exciting, high-quality dance accessible and fun for all ages which is so important. I am thrilled to be joining the board and look forward to supporting Sylvie and the whole team in bringing their amazing work to Withrow Park and other beautiful outdoor spaces across the country."
Programming Supervisor, City of Toronto Cultural Events
Date of Election: January 21, 2020
"Through the course of my career as an arts presenter and producer I have gained a great appreciation for art in public space. Something extraordinary happens when art occurs in parks, streets, plazas, waterfronts, hilltops whatever the art form, discipline or practice. Shortly after moving to Toronto in 2012 I discovered Dusk Dances and was immediately enthralled by their work. The transformation of Withrow Park was magical, the engagement with audiences multi-faceted, and the connection to the community palpable. I've been a huge fan of Dusk Dances since that first encounter and thrilled to join the board of directors of this unique organization."
Retired, Ontario Public Servant
Date of Election: April 1, 2019
“I have always enjoyed dance so I am honoured and thrilled to be asked to join the board of Dusk Dances! I am drawn to Dusk Dances’ mission of making dance more accessible to the community, and more inclusive and diverse in its programming. Bringing dance to parks is a wonderful way of animating public space.”
Membership & Community Manager, Imagine Canada
Date of Election: March 9, 2017
"After spending three seasons on the production team, I have incredible admiration for Dusk Dances as an arts presenter, an innovator within the Canadian dance milieu, and as a community catalyst. Every year, high quality performances collide with an accessible production model to create a truly magical event. The diversity of audience members, volunteers, and artists involved make me so proud to support this festival—a celebration of art and community."