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Artistic Leadership

Kimberley Cooper, Artistic Director

Kimberley Cooper is Artistic Director and principal choreographer of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD) in Calgary, Canada. She has been a part of DJD for almost 3 decades, first as a dancer (1989-2013), then Resident Choreographer/Artistic Associate (2002-2013), and now as the Artistic Director (2013-present). In 2002, Cooper was named Emerging Artist of the Year by Alberta Dance Alliance and since that same year she has created 18 full-length works on DJD as well as numerous shorter pieces. She has also served as an Artist in Residence during Calgary as Cultural Capital of Canada in 2021, and was awarded Dance Victoria’s Crystal Dance Prize in 2014 for her research in Brazil.  As well, Cooper wrote a chapter in the book, City of Animals for University of Calgary’s Humanities Department about New Universe, a work she created with American jazz bassist and composer William Parker in 2017.

Organizational Leadership

Kathi Sundstrom, Executive Director

Kathi Sundstrom attended DJD’s premiere production, Body and Sole, in 1984 and became an instant supporter. In 1989, Kathi joined the DJD Board of Directors and in 1992 became President of the Board. In 1993, Kathi made a courageous career move when she left the for-profit world to become General Manager of DJD. The move offered Kathi myriad new challenges along with a radical reduction in her annual income. She promised to work with the company for two years, and now, over 27 years later, is still at the helm. She was the proud recipient of the 2005 Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management and the 2017 Calgary Awards for Community Achievement in the Arts. In addition to those awards and other achievements, Kathi also led the major expansion of DJD with opening of the $28 million DJD Dance Centre in April 2016.

Before coming to DJD, Kathi worked for 10 years for three different operating divisions of TNT Express Worldwide in western Canada, in roles in Sales, Management and as a Facilitator and Trainer in Total Quality Management. Prior to that she spent four years in Management in western Canada for Mariposa Stores, where she coordinated the openings of their first two stores in the United States. Kathi graduated from SAIT with a major in Business Administration and Consumer Marketing and was listed on the President’s Honour Roll. Kathi served as Treasurer of the Canadian Dance Assembly from 2007-2011, was co-chair of the Mayor’s Lunch for Business and the Arts in 1999 and 2000, and was a member of the executive committee of the Calgary Professional Arts Alliance from 1994-2000.

Board Leadership

pam corbett, DJD BOARD CHAIR

Pam is a Partner at Cenera, Calgary’s leading HR and Business Consulting firm. Pam leads Cenera’s Career Transition practice. Starting with a core belief in the current expertise and future potential of her clients, Pam thrives on working with them to generate new possibilities for career renewal. Clients are motivated by Pam’s energy, resourcefulness and enthusiasm. As part of Cenera’s participation in Career Partners International (CPI), Pam served as Region Leader for Canada, helping align and support the work of this global partnership.

A sense of community investment and participation was instilled in Pam from a young age. And she has continued to find ways to support the community, volunteering as a Board member with some incredible organizations including The YWCA of Calgary, The Women’s Centre and currently, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.

When not at work, you can find Pam on a travel adventure, volunteering somewhere in Calgary or finding her bliss in a yoga class.



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