Board OF dIRECTORS
Jennifer Bennett Darbyshire
Senior Manager, Artistic Operations, 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."
Curator and Producer, CreativAction and Special Initiatives, 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."
Full-time student, Masters in Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Date of Election: June 8, 2021
"Dusk Dances combines two things I absolutely love - art and nature. I believe dance is one of the few forms of art that can cross boundaries and reach millions of hearts. One of the biggest deciding factors in joining Dusk Dances was when Sylvie mentioned that children were among the biggest fans of this event. What better way to entertain and inspire our younger generation than this?"
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.”