Executive Director: Sas Selfjord
Sas (Sandra) Selfjord, began the first phase of her career in the investment industry that began with mutual fund financial management to the hectic and demanding task as Head Stock Trader for several leading brokerage firms. In the early 80’s as consultant and educator, she developed and delivered seminars designed to empower women with financial and stock market knowledge in the successful “Women and Investing” courses.
Armed with a financial background, Sas entered the non-profit arena with BC largest non-government social service agency becoming engaged in board development, volunteer support, program delivery, risk management and governance best practices. The non-profit sector matched Sas’ values and she continued her studies completing a degree in Non-Profit Management at Simon Fraser University.
As long as she can remember, Sas has loved tap dance and through her passion for tap dance, and her knowledge and awareness of the art form evolved. At 39, she decided it was time to take some tap lessons! Thus began the tap journey; she co-founded the Vancouver Tap Dance Society in 1995 and in 1999 assumed the role of Executive Director.
Under Sas’s leadership, VanTap is recognized as an innovator leader in the promotion of tap dance and is dedicated to developing awareness of the art form.
As an advocate for the arts, Sas has been dedicated to individuals, artists, and organizations in the development of processes that strengthen community arts development. Her life is richer because of tap dance and she values the relationships within the tap community. Tap dance is a blessing in her life.
Senior Administrator: Nat Marshik
Nat first started tap dancing at age four, in her parents’ basement, with coins taped to her shoes. Now she wears real taps, and makes sure those coins go the bank! Since joining the admin team at VanTap in 2015, she has felt right at home. Nat first came to VanTap for tap classes in 2003, and so she has relished the opportunity to deepen her relationship with the Society both on and off the dance floor. Nat earned a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Fine Arts Diploma from Langara College, and is currently working toward a Professional Bookkeeper diploma. She has been active in arts organizations, co-ops, and non-profit societies for more than a decade. In her spare time, she writes fiction and serves as president of the Dundarave Print Workshop.
Marketing and Operations Specialist: Courtney Adams
Courtney has been working for VanTap since summer 2016 and is currently completing her Bachelor of Business Administration. Working for VTDS as an Event Coordinator for the 2016 Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival has not only inspired her to start tap dancing, but to continue to dedicate herself to this amazing organization. As our Marketing and Operations Specialist, she is determined to raise awareness about the VTDS family, and tap dance as a whole!
TapCo Administrator: Kristina Linden
Born and raised in Vancouver, Kristina began performing at a young age and soon developed a passion for the stage. She was seen as a principle tap dancer in the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics and has been an opening act for pop singer, Mya. Her television credits include Hellcats and Psych. Theatre credits include Graziella in West Side Story (Troy McLaughlin’s Tap Collective), Singin’ in the Rain (TUTS), Anything Goes (Metro), and 42nd Street (RCMT).
Kristina is a founding member of VanCity Sound, a Vancouver-based tap crew. She has performed in Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Barcelona, and Germany; in 2005, she represented Canada at the World Tap Dance Championships. Kristina has been heavily influenced by many tap greats such as Dr. Jimmy Slyde, Dr. Jeni LeGon, and Dr. Harold Cromer, to name a few. Having studied education in University, she is a passionate dancer and teacher who shares her love for performing every chance she gets!
TapCo Artistic Director and Artist in Residence: Mika Komatsu
Born and raised in Japan, Mika’s significant engagement with the Vancouver Tap Dance Society from 1997 onwards has left a very clear artistic footprint on VanTap. She has been shaped by so many of the masters: Dianne Walker, Gene Medler, Terry Brock, Sam Weber and Dr. Jeni LeGon, just to name a few. Mika is known for her original choreography, a delicate approach to the dance, and developing young dancers. She has been away in Japan for the past six years and is thrilled to be joining the community as VanTap’s Artist in Residence.
Administrative Assistant: Alesia DiCicco
Alesia is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theatre. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Physiology at SFU. She is a graduate of the Vancouver Tap Dance Society. In TapCo she performed in over 40 school and community shows and was a cast member of the touring semi- professional show “It’s About Time”. She has trained and worked with renowned artists Lisa LaTouche, Terry Brock, Jessie Sawyers, and Danny Nielsen. For Alesia, dance is a passion and she finds teaching an exciting and rewarding way to share that passion.
Bookkeeping: David Taylor
Bruce Mason – Words@Work
Michael Aihoshi – Reverie Graphics
Tim Harrison – Grants
Bonnie Allen – Public Relations
Kathy McGrenera, Tanya Sedlacek, Elesine Dantienn, Gia Holman, Paul Conner