Dance Media Group/Groupe Danse Média Honours Marilyn Biderman For Her Service

TORONTO ON– (June 26, 2019)- Dance Media Group/Groupe Danse Media (DMG), publisher of The Dance Current magazine, honours the service of Marilyn Biderman (board chair) and Jacqueline Hansen (board member) and announces the appointment of Timea Wharton-Suri as the incoming chair of our board of directors.

Biderman served on DMG’s board, first as a member in January 2012, secretary in June 2016, and then as chair from September 2016 to June 2019, bringing her expertise in the publishing sector to the organization. Her presence will be missed by DMG staff and board members.

“Marilyn has given so much to the organization in so many ways, over her years on the board, as a member, as secretary and most recently as board chair,” says Megan Andrews, founding editor of The Dance Current magazine. 

“She was espeically instrumental in helping the organization achieve charitable status, stewarding the process from start to finish over many years. Marilyn was involved in multiple significant organizational transitions, bringing her wisdom and perspective to our conversations around leadership and succession. As an incredibly generous host, Marilyn (and her lovely dog, Ruby) held many wonderful gatherings and retreats for staff and board in her warm home with laden table. Her visible and recognized contributions are paralleld by numerous invisble and unrecognized contributions. Marilyn provided stalwart support to Dance Media Group and The Dance Current in many challenging and exciting moments, and personally, I’m very grateful to have had the oppertunity to work with her and learn from her over the years.”

We also honour the service of Jacqueline Hansen, who has been a board member since 2016. Hansen has brought an informed journalistic approach and calm energy to the board. A previous intern with The Dance Current, Hansen is now a senior business reporter with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

DMG is also thrilled to announce the recent appointment of Timea Wharton-Suri as incoming board chair. Wharton-Suri has been a board member with DMG since June 2018 and brings to the table her experience in dance program managment, arts-related equity initiatives and literary arts. Wharton-Suri is currently a performing consultant for Civic Theatres Toronto; producer for Holla Jazz; a member of the new Dancer Transition Resource Centre’s Special Awards Committee for its National Creation Fund. 

For more information about Dance Media Group/Groupe Danse Media and The Dance Current, please visit thedancecurrent.com


Emma Doran, Executive Editor

The Dance Current

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