Board of Directors

Executive Committee


Mairéad Filgate (Chair)


Mairéad Filgate is a Toronto-based dance artist and graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the Etobicoke School of the Arts. She has performed extensively throughout Canada and beyond with the Danny Grossman Dance Company, Yvonne Ng/tiger princess dance projects, Ame Henderson/Public Recordings, Dusk Dances, Sylvie Bouchard/ BoucharDanse, Marie-Josée Chartier/Chartier Danse, Bill Coleman, Gabby Kamino, Laurie Raymond, and Kaeja d’Dance, among others. 
As a choreographer Mairéad creates both independently and collaboratively with Throwdown Collective. In 2016, she and her collaborators were honored to receive a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography for their stage work Various ConcertMairéad recently received her Bachelor of Arts in Women & Gender Studies and Sociology from the University of Toronto and serves as the Chair for the Board of Directors of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists.


Mairéad Filgate was elected in 2011/2012 and became co-chair in 2016/2017



Slade Lander (Treasurer) 

Slade Lander has been working as an Arts Manager working with contemporary dance companies since 2006, first with Dance Umbrella of Ontario, then as an independent manager.  His clients have included Anandam Dance Theatre, Blue Ceiling Dance, Little Pear Garden Collective, and Public Recordings Performance Projects.

In 2013 / 2014, Slade was a Dance Juror for the Dora Awards.

Slade has helped many dance organizations incorporate and become charities.  He has taught a workshop on the subject for the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts for six years.

Slade has also worked in information technology in the pharmaceutical industry.

Slade was a dancer in Chicago and Toronto.  He performed with Judy Jarvis and presented his own choreography at 15 Dance Lab.

Slade has an MBA in Arts and Media Administration, 2006, from the Schulich School of Business; a BA with Honours in Dance, 1974, from York University; and a BA in Psychology, 1969, from the University of Chicago.


Slade Lander was elected in 2014/2015.

Danielle Baskerville (Secretary)

Recipient of the 2014 K.M Hunter Award for Dance and Dora Award nominee for Outstanding Performance, Danielle is Artistic Associate of D.A. Hoskins' The Dietrich Groupand works with Canada's leading contemporary dance companies and creators. Formative creative periods have included working with Roxanne Huimand and David Hernandez in Brussels and Jan Burkhardt in Berlin. She is currently involved in new creations by Vanessa Jane Kimmons, Allison Cummings/Deborah Pearson and a dance film about great Canadian jazz artist Phil Dwyer. She has recently performed in Dusseldorf, Germany with DTDE, Montreal with Adelheid Dance Projects, Tulum, Mexico with Trish Beatty and Toronto, Ontario with Art of Time Ensemble and Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie. As a result of a keen enthusiasm for writing and an interest in contributing to insightful discourse on Canadian contemporary dance, Danielle recently went back to school to complete an SSHRC-funded MA in Dance Studies at York University. 

Danielle Baskerville was elected in 2014/2015 and became secretary in 2016/2017



Directors in Alphabetical Order


Rhonda Baker


Rhonda Liane Baker is a Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award winner and Dora Award nominated artist living in Halifax, NS. She has performed for Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Mocean Dance, Rebecca Lazier, and Gallim Dance since graduating from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2009.


Rhonda danced with Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie from 2010-2014; performing in James Kudelka’s  Fifteen Heterosexual Duets, and his “See Series” for AllOneWord. In the autumn of 2011 she began working on a contract basis for Mocean Dance, and since that time has worked under the direction of Serge Bennathan, Cory Bowles, Sara Coffin, Emily Gualtieri, Sharon Moore, and Tedd Robinson. 

  
Rhonda is an independent artist who improvises, creates, and performs. She has worked with Chris Aiken, Guy Cools, Angie Hauser, and Lin Snelling. Rhonda’s movement training has extended into The Gaga Movement Language, Countertechnique, and The Axis Syllabus. 

She is the 2016/2017 recipient of Kinetic Studio’s Explorations program, and with their generous support,  will be investing her creative time in a collaborative project that will be danced by Lydia Zimmer.


Rhonda Baker was elected in 2016/2017
Esie Mensah

Esie Mensah, the 2014 Black Canadian Award Winner for Best Contemporary Dancer and the 2015 recipient of the Cultural Promotion award from the Ghanaian-Canadian Association. Esie has worked with some of the industry's biggest icons such as Rihanna, Drake, Janelle Monae, Nelly Furtado, Flo Rida, as well as Coca Cola, Luminato, TIFF, Estée Lauder, FIFA, WE DAY and more. Esie was the co-choreographer for “Panamania" Victory Celebration as apart of the 2015 Pan Am Games entertainment. Choreographer of the CHFI commercial "Mornings are a little different" for the new Erin and Darren show and is present as a dancer in the 2016 remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show airing this Halloween on FOX TV. 


Aside from her accolades, Esie is committed to bringing a new fresh genre of dance forward. Afrofusion is her own unique style of dance that includes movement from Traditional African, Commercial, Urban and Contemporary styles. She has written an original play called Akoma which is a dance/theatre production that premier last year at the Betty Oliphant Theatre. An excerpt of the production will be travelling to Birmingham, UK in November 2016 as apart of the Canadian Contingency for the OneDanceUk conference for Africans of the Diaspora. Esie is also the founder of The Black Stars dance group. A leading crew in bringing Afro movement into the mainstream! The group has worked with TIFF, We Day, Fifa Canafa, Nigerian artists Akin, Mora and more!


Esie Mensah was elected in 2016/2017


Bee Pallomina


Bee Pallomina is dance artist; performer, collaborator and creator, currently making work for stage, installation and film/video. Born and raised in Toronto, she has worked with numerous independent choreographers, and several dance companies including Dancemakers and Dancetheatre David Earle. Pallomina has appeared in several short dance films by filmmakers Magali Charrier, Michael Downing,  John Lauener and John Oswald. Current long-term collaborative relationships include performance and creation with Public Recordings, Saskatchewan dance-artist Johanna Bundon and multi-media artists Sean Frey and Lee Henderson. She also has an active teaching practice, and is certified to teach Moksha Yoga and Open Source Forms. Pallomina holds an MFA in contemporary choreography from York University.


Bee Pallomina was elected in 2016/2017








Natasha Powell 

Natasha Powell is a Toronto-based dancer, choreographer, and producer. Regarded as versatile

and soulful mover, Natasha has worked in film, television, and stage across North America for

the past 12 years. Select performance credits include the HBO series The L Word, Nickelodeon

feature film, Spectacular!, and dance movie, Center Stage 2. She has presented a number of

dance works across the Greater Toronto Area at the Panasonic Theatre, Bathurst Street Theatre, Winchester Street Theatre, Fleck Dance Theatre, and Al Green Theatre, along with featured presentations in Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps Series, TD Bank’s Then & Now Series, and the Toronto Fringe Festival. As co-Artistic Director of Toronto dance company Catalyst – a company that specializes in creating innovative dance experiences by way of performances and dance education programs – she has created a body of eclectic works for organizations including Free The Children’s Artbound Initiative, Four Seasons Hotel, Canada Philipines Fashion Week, Alternative Fashion Week, and the Canadian Special Events Gala. Most known for their production in the Toronto Fringe Festival,The 5th Element received raving accolades from NOW Magazine and other theatre reviewers, was nominated for Best Dance Production in the Broadway World Toronto Awards, and was the recipient of the Cultural Diversity Award from acclaimed playwright Trey Anthony (da Kink in My Hair). Natasha is also the co-producer and choreographer for the hit dance-theatre production, Gimme One Riddim, has received grant awards from the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and is the recipient of the 2014 DanceOntario DanceWeekend Commission Award.




Ofilio Sinbadinho


Notorious for his versatility, Ofilio "Sinbadinho" Portillo has acquired a considerable amount of experience in the television, entertainment and arts industries.

As founder of Gadfly, he produced and directed Toronto's first Contemporary Urban Dance full evening production: Unbearable Prospect and will now premiere Klorofyl. His work has been commissioned for Dance Weekend 2011 and presented at Ted Talks Toronto, Luminato, Nuit Blanche, Toronto and Montreal Fringe, Break Beats & Culture, and International Dance day. Also, he has contributed to organizations such as Keep-A-Breast, Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, Sick Kids and Rethink Breast Cancer.

Ofilio is also the founder of yearly events the Toronto Urban Dance Symposium and Gadfly Anniversary. This experienced individual has showcased his craft in major cities worldwide. Now, he has set for hobby to establish Street Dance as a legitimate art form and promote its cross-cultural movement.

Ofilio "Sinbadinho" Portillo was elected in 2011/2012.


Shakeil Rollock

Shakeil Rollock is a Toronto based dance artist. Starting dance at the age of seventeen, he mainly trained in urban styles. Later he was influenced to train in classical techniques including ballet, contemporary and modern techniques. Now a graduate from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Shakeil has greatly appreciated working with choreographers such as Louis Laberge-Côté, Allen and Karen Kaeja,Draico (Step Up Franchise), Newton Moraes, Kevin Ormsby, and Debra Brown (Cirque du Soleil). Over the past year, Shakeil is more than fortunate to have performed for many companies in and beyond Toronto's borders. He has also toured internationally to countries such as the United States of America, England and Jamaica. Also, Shakeil is a proud member of his own collective, Impromptu Movements, which has been performing throughout the GTA this past year. Beyond performing, Shakeil choreographs and teaches throughout the province and has been an annual lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University. 

Shakeil Rollock was elected in 2016/2017









































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