September 22, 2023

Headshot of Michelle Yeung

It is with mixed emotions that we share the news of Michelle’s departure as Managing Director of Dance Arts Institute. When Michelle joined our organization in 2017, there were numerous aspirations on the horizon, many of which have been accomplished. Her laser focus on financial sustainability and organizational viability and relevancy has been instrumental in strengthening the institution’s capacity to mitigate risk, innovate its programming, and welcome change. Michelle’s multiple contributions to the institution include growing fundraising to its highest levels, increasing its endowment by a remarkable 400%, fostering healthy and effective board governance, digitizing and modernizing operations, and leading the organization through the serious challenges of the pandemic.

Michelle will be taking on a new role as the Managing Director of Art Canada Institute, where she will focus on strengthening organizational capacity, and nurturing people and culture, which have always been among her many passions.


In her own words, Michelle expressed, “It is bittersweet to share with you the news that I am stepping down as Managing Director of Dance Arts Institute for a new adventure. We’ve achieved so much together, and I am grateful and honored to have been a part of the evolution and transformation of this beloved organization. Thank you for welcoming me into your community and trusting me to be one of the co-leaders of this amazing institution. My very best to you all and I look forward to your continued transformation. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

At this juncture, the Board of Directors have appointed Daniela Nardi as Interim Managing Director of Dance Arts Institute.

Headshot of Daniela Nardi

Daniela Nardi is a revered arts leader and accomplished musician with over 30 years of experience. Her passion for arts and culture has propelled her to create a recognized and respected profile both locally and internationally. 

Throughout her journey, Daniela has assumed leadership roles and managed esteemed arts organizations including Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Choir, 918 Bathurst Centre for Arts, Culture, Media, and Education, and Villa Charities/Columbus Centre. As an award-winning musician, Daniela has graced prestigious stages and festivals worldwide. 

Daniela’s extensive experience in music and performing arts has forged a vast network of personal and professional contacts, enriching her projects. Daniela’s strength in forging strategic partnerships and engaging communities along with a proficiency in fundraising and development, has been instrumental in her success. 

Daniela will work closely with Sasha Ivanochko, the Artistic & Pedagogical Director, and support Dance Arts as we prepare for a search for the new Managing Director. More information on the search process will be coming soon.

The staff and Board of Directors extend our deepest gratitude to Michelle for her outstanding leadership, dedication, and unwavering commitment to Dance Arts Institute and the educational experience of our students. Michelle, we wish you all the best in your new role and continued success in your career.  

Dance Arts Institute

Photo credits: 1. Michelle Yeung. Photo by Aidan Tooth 2. Daniela Nardi. Photo by Denise Grant

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