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 join the Dance Umbrella of Ontario!


NICOLE ROSOVECommunications Director

Nicole Rosove is an energetic communications professional with 4+ years of experience in arts marketing, digital strategy, social media and community engagement. As the Communications Director at the Dance Umbrella of Ontario, her clients currently include princess productions, ProArteDanza, Rina Singha Kathak Dance, TOES for dance, Fresh Dance Intensive, Dusk Dances, BoucharDanse and MOonhORsE Dance Theatre. Nicole has tapped into her entrepreneurial side as the founder and producer of Movement for Memories (MFM), a performance art gala that raised $7,500 for Alzheimer’s research in it’s inaugural year (2015). Nicole is also an independent dance artist and is actively involved in Toronto’s performing arts community. Her passion lies in helping build meaningful connections between artists and communities.