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Kristen Carcone

Artistic Executive Director

Kristen Carcone, is a Toronto-born professional dance artist. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Highest Honours from New World School of the Arts in 2011 and has performed across North America in a variety of shows and festivals including: The Phish Concert at Madison Square Garden (New York, NY), Tangente’s Danses Buissonnieres (Montreal, Quebec), Project Limb’s Glass Jaw (Brooklyn, New York) and The New Prague Dance Festival (Prague, Czech Republic). Kristen is a guest artist with FROG IN HAND, ISODOC Dance Group and Conteur Dance Company. She has been featured in the Dance Current Magazine, Dance Studio Life Magazine, and on Rogers TV. Kristen’s choreography can be seen in Joseph Gordon Levitt’s My Favourite Things video and in Supa’Nova, a new play by Maria Corina Ramierez. Awards garnered include: the Florida-Canada Linkage Scholarship, Outstanding Dance Graduate, and the Frank Augustyn Scholarship.

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David Norsworthy

Artistic Executive Director

David Norsworthy, a Toronto-based and internationally acclaimed dance artist, has been privileged to perform and tour with companies including Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto, Canada), Peggy Baker Dance Projects (Toronto, Canada), Dancenorth (Melbourne, Australia), ZviDance (NY, USA), Brian Brooks  (NY, USA), Skånes Dansteater (Malmö, Sweden) and Magma Dans (Stockholm, Sweden). David graduated from The Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in May 2013. He has recently presented his choreographic work at FRESH BLOOD (Toronto), Wave Rising Series (New York), Our Voices (Stockholm) as well as the Juilliard-in-Aiken Festival (South Carolina) and ArtPowersArusha (Tanzania). He has been featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine, Dance Canada Quarterly, The Dance Current and USA Today College. He is the recipient of the Living Arts Centre’s 2016 Ron Lenyk Arts Award as well as grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.

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Maria Luisa Contursi

Director of Community Engagement and Development

With over twenty five years experience working in the non profit sector, in various settings, Maria Luisa is committed to cross sectoral collaboration with a special interest in stakeholder engagement. Her most recent work has focussed on exploring the benefits of unique partnerships.

Maria Luisa co-founded award winning, national youth mental health program, mindyourmind and is currently working with a number of provincial organizations on developing effective community engagement strategies.  She has extensive experience in the areas of partnership development, youth engagement, program development and social enterprise. Maria Luisa believes in the value of meaningful engagement and that communities become more vital through the process of co-creation and co-design. 

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Nicole Rosove

Social Media Coordinator

Nicole Rosove is a professional dance artist and arts marketing specialist. She attended Carleton University for Communication Studies and shortly after, moved to Toronto to pursue a career in the arts. As a dance artist, Nicole has worked with choreographers including Gigi Torres, Apolonia Velasquez, Ofilio Sinbadinho, Jennifer Mote, Leon Blackwood, Scott Fordham, Leah Totten, Andrew “Pyro” Chung and Mariano Abarca, and currently dances with Footnotes Elite. She has performed at multiple events such as ScotiaBank’s Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s MMVAs, Anirudh Live in Toronto, Anohki Prestige Awards, World Pride, World of Dance, Toronto’s Original Choreographers Ball and Fever After Dark.

Nicole has combined her passion for dance with her expertise in marketing, public relations and social media management. As the former Communications Director of the Dance Umbrella of Ontario, Nicole currently works as a digital marketing and PR specialist with a focus in the arts. She is passionate about helping artists, performing arts companies and not-for-profits share their creativity with the world. 

Board of Directors

2016-2017

Susan Colbert Wright

Adam Kuhn

Matthew Kariatsumari

Kristen Carcone

David Norsworthy