Board of Directors



"Everybody can dance. It's the drive and passion that make you a dancer"


4507 Chesswood Drive | North York

416.855.3400 |



Monday | Closed

Tuesday | 5pm - 9:30pm

Wednesday | 5pm - 9:30pm

Thursday | 5pm - 9:30pm

Friday | Closed

Saturday | 9am - 5pm

Sunday | Closed




Meet Andrea

Executive Director



While working as an educator Andrea continued as a dancer, choreographer and dance instructor and dance workshop facilitator in her free time. She founded the Children & Youth Dance Theatre (a dance academy program for underserviced children and youth) in 1993 and the Caribbean Dance Theatre in 1995. While working with these two groups, Andrea also worked as a freelance choreographer, staging performances for the Miss Guyana/Canada Pageant, the Miss Jamaica Pageant, the Miss Caribbean/Canada pageant, and the Applause Institute’s Annual Cotillion Ball.


Today Andrea continues to lead CYDT (Children and Youth Dance Theatre) while engaging parent, and mentoring youths in the arts. She has built arts education partnerships with schools as well as community organizations. Andrea is currently the resident choreographer with the Youth Development Program and Cotillion Ball.

CYDT board member Executive Director
CYDT board member Marketing
CYDT board member Treasurer
CYDT board member Director of Events
CYDT board member Director of Studio
CYDT board member Secretary

Meet Crystel

Director of Marketing


By day, Crystel Figaro is the Head of Marketing at The Rumie Initiative. Both in Crystel’s secular role, and as the Director of Marketing on the Board of CYDT, her responsibility it to drive demand to exponentially expand the reach and client base of both organizations.


Prior to joining Rumie, the majority of Crystel’s career has been in marketing for technology companies; she also has experience in the education and travel and tourism industries.


As a mother of two, Crystel brings a personal passion to help CYDT succeed in its mandate to help support local youth.

Meet Kirk



Kirk Campbell was elected to the Board of Directors in September of 2017.


Kirk has been an active community volunteer with organizations that focus on children, education, healthcare and the arts. He has participated on various boards and is always eager to lend his skills and expertise to further the objectives and mission of the organization he supports.


Kirk is the Director of Finance at Oxford medical imaging, a cutting-edge medical imaging company committed to clinical excellence by providing compassionate care and quality-driven customer service. Prior to Joining Oxford, he worked at Bell Canada for over 10 yrs. in various senior financial leadership roles.


Kirk is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and holds a bachelor of honors degree at the Laurentian University.

Meet Nakia

Director of Events


Once a CYDT student herself, Nakia’s journey with CYDT began at the tender age of ten when a young instructor by the name of Andrea Doulas walked into her school and introduced her to a whole new world of dance. Nakia graduated from CDT/CYDT 1999 and moved on to become a member of Caribbean Star from 2000 to 2005.


While working as an Administrative Assistant/Coordinator by day, Nakia brings her primary skills into the role of Director of Events to an organization that is dear to her heart.


“It is extremely gratifying to be a founding student and now one of the Directors of a small dance company that has evolved into the organization we have today.”

Meet Rhea

Director of Studio Affairs





Meet Sabela




Sabela Cole is the Parent Chair, Secretary and a Board Member at The Children and Youth Dance Theatre of Toronto (CYDT). She works directly with the Board Members, Staff, Parents and members of the community to help grow CYDT’s brand.


Sabela’s daughter is a member of the dance team and knows that when children find their true talent it helps build their self-esteem, confidence, humility and team-work; skills that will prepare them for all life’s challenges. Sabela finds her work at CYDT fulfilling as she has a talented and dedicated team of parents who support CYDT and its students.


Sabela has a professional background in Nursing, she also holds a Legal Assistant diploma, and a certificate in Crisis Intervention.