Rosslyn Jacob Edwards
Rosslyn Jacob Edwards has played a significant role in the dance sector for over 25 years serving as General Manager for DanceWorks, presenter of Toronto's longest running dance series, and with the U.S./Canada Performance Initiative and The Canadian Network of Dance Presenters/CanDance. The organization's presentation activities are a result of her outreach into communities across Ontario, as well as networking and collaborations with other dance service organizations. She is committed to providing activities for a broad range of the organization's membership and to bringing them together to strengthen the sector. Her programming decisions are developed and backed by a 16 member board, all of whom are dance professionals from various sectors across Ontario. Rosslyn moved to Canada following a liberal arts education and career in the public service and politics in the UK. Since 1969, she has held management positions of increasing responsibility in the theatre, visual arts and dance sectors including the SAW Gallery and Ottawa School of Art (Ottawa), Inner City Angels where she programmed artists in schools across the GTA, and DanceWorks (Toronto). Jacob Edwards has also worked with the U.S./Canada Performance Initiative and The Canadian Network of Dance Presenters/CanDance and with consultants, HPFM Associates. She served on the board of COBA, the Collective Of Black Artists, and as an advisor to arts councils and independent dance artists. She is Co-Chair of the PASO-OPSA Coalition, and currently serves on theOntarians for the Arts (OftA), Friends of the Arts Advocacy Network, as well as on advisory committees for ArtsBuild Ontario and George Brown Performing Arts . She is a mentor for CSARN.
Interim Program Manager & Membership Coordinator
Holding her BFA in dance from York University, Julie McLachlan is a Toronto-based dance performer, choreographer and dance instructor. Julie has had the privilege of performing for Stand Up Dance, Le Groupe Apogee and is currently dancing with Love Letters Cabaret. Julie has presented choreography in The Chimera Project’s Fresh Blood and The Toronto Fringe Festival. Recently at ImpulsTanz International Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria, Julie took part in workshops with world-renowned teachers and connected with dance artists from all over the world. As a retired competitive gymnast, Julie is also a certified gymnastics coach and specializes in teaching young dancers acrobatic skills.
Program Manager (currently on maternity leave)
Amy Hampton is a graduate of L'Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec. Amy has worked with The Chimera Project, CORPUS, Kaeja d'Dance, Anandam and Larchaud Dance Project. Independently, she has originated roles in works by Robert Desrosiers, Kathleen Rea, Yvonne Ng, William Yong, Lydia Wagerer, Meagan O'Shea, Keiko Ninomiya, and Lincoln Shand. Amy is currently Co-Artistic Director of AKA Dance.
Amy is responsible for programming DanceWeekend as well as for coordination of network activities.