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."


Robert Binet


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."


Laura Kappel


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."


Jean Lam


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!”




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