Join our Board
The Dusk Dances Board of Directors, based in Toronto, is a fiduciary and advisory body. The Board approves developments in the growth of the Dusk Dances concept, as well as provides the checks and balances for the financial operations of the organization. We have made great efforts to diversify our revenue as Dusk Dances continues to grow, and since 2012, the Board has taken a lead role in developing new fundraising strategies.
Currently, the work of the Board is supported by four committees: Board recruitment committee, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion committee, Fundraising committee and Strategic plan committee.
Contact us for further details about all of the opportunities to join the Dusk Dances' team.
Email: board (@) duskdances.ca
CURRENT 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."
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Hamilton
Date of Election: December 14, 2022
"I first attended Dusk Dances when I was a dance student in the late 1990’s. I was instantly captivated by the magic of experiencing dance outdoors. Years later, while in arts management, I connected with Sylvie and worked to bring the festival to Hamilton as a licensee. Dusk Dances' mission of bringing dance into the community and making it accessible resonates with me and I have seen first-hand the impact in Hamilton. I am thrilled to support this organization in its continued growth and development as a board member."
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.”
Assistant Artistic Director, Sampradaya Dance Academy
Date of Election: November 2, 2022
“I have had the pleasure of attending and performing in multiple editions of Dusk Dances. This wonderful festival has brought the community together through the language of dance. As an artist, Dusk Dances has given me the opportunity to connect with wonderful performers and by joining the board, I want to further Sylvie's vision and be able to support my fellow artists in this role.”
Elementary School Teacher, Toronto District School Board
Date of Election: November 2, 2022
“As a dance enthusiast and a lover of the arts, Dusk Dances is one of the festivals I love most. It brings magic and movement to public spaces and allows dance to be appreciated and enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds. I am delighted to join the Dusk Dances board of directors and to support the vision of this brilliant and dynamic organization as it continues to inspire and innovate!”