ROBERT SAUVEYExecutive Director
 Robert Sauvey has an extensive background in arts and cultural leadership positions and is currently the Executive Director of the Dance Umbrella of Ontario. Before joining DUO he was the Executive Director of Dancemakers, the second oldest contemporary dance company in Ontario, recently celebrating their 40th anniversary. At Dancemakers Robert successfully developed and implemented a new curator led operating model to position the organization for the future. His experience in dance also includes over five years as the Director of Touring and Artistic Administration for Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

His diverse cultural background includes leadership positions at Groundswell, Manitoba’s longest running new music series, The National Screen Institute, where he managed creative film and television training initiatives and working as the Head of Distribution for Video Pool Media Arts Centre, a non-profit, artist-run centre dedicated to the creation, exhibition and promotion of independent media art. He has curated exhibitions for galleries, sat on National arts juries and has been a board member for arts organizations.

His background also includes considerable experience in film and television working as the Manager of Development for a well established film and television company, and running his own independent company developing and producing projects and winning a Canadian Screen award for best-produced documentary.

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Natalia, originally from Belarus, Russia, came to Canada in 1992 with a degree in economics. She began working at DUO in 2006, and she achieved her CGA designation in 2012. In her free time, Natalia enjoys dancing and knitting.

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NATASHA POWELLManager, Producing & Administration
A Toronto native, Natasha Powell is a dedicated member of the Toronto performing arts community and has worked for a number of arts organizations since 2008. Companies she has had the privilege to work for include the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, ManifesTO Festival for Community and Culture, Catalyst Dance Company, and most recently Peggy Baker Dance Projects and Volcano Theatre where her portfolio included event producing, marketing, fundraising, and communications for both companies. Natasha is also an independent dance artist and has successfully produced and choreographed shows shows in the Toronto Fringe Festival, TD Bank’s Then and Now Series, and Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps series. She is the co-producer and choreographer behind the dance-theatre production, Gimme One Riddim, and is thrilled to be joining the team at the Dance Umbrella of Ontario! 


NICOLE ROSOVECommunications Manager
Originally from Ottawa, ON, Nicole Rosove attended Carleton University for Communication Studies, and spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Leeds. Shortly after, she completed a certificate course in Arts Marketing at the Chang School of Continuing Education. Nicole began working in arts management in 2012, as an intern at the Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO). She now holds the position of Communications Manager at DUO, where her area of expertise lies in arts marketing, publicity, and social media management. Outside of DUO, Nicole is a Toronto-based dance artist and has worked professionally as both a performer and choreographer. She is also the founder and producer of Movement for Memories, a charity dance, music and art gala that raised over $7,000 for Alzheimer’s research at Baycrest in it’s inaugural year (2015).


Andrea Mapili is a Toronto-based performer, arts administrator and teacher of the Life/Art Process, a movement-based expressive arts education and therapy approach. She is the founder of the newly launched company Mindful Abandon: Paths to Artful Living that promotes creativity and wellness through movement-based expressive arts. The work is grounded in the Life/Art Process, the teachings of the Tamalpa Institute and Anna Halprin. Andrea is interested in origin stories, asking why and lots of karaoke.