Wayne Hazzard, Executive Director
Wayne is a native Californian and as a co-founder is proud to continue his work with the Bay Area dance community as the executive director of Dancers’ Group. Hazzard is a leader in the service field who is known for his work with fiscal sponsorship and on new program development; and he was acknowledged as a 2015 Gerbode Professional Development Fellow. Before his manifold career in arts management, Hazzard had a distinguished 20-year career performing with many notable choreographers and companies including the Joe Goode Performance Group, Margaret Jenkins Dance Co, Ed Mock & Co, June Watanabe, Emily Keeler, Aaron Osborne and more. Coinciding with his life as a dancer, Hazzard has and continues to work as an advocate for dance. For his unique artistic vision, Hazzard has received numerous awards, including an Isadora Duncan Award for his innovation, dedication, and contribution to the field of dance. And a Sangam Arts 2018 Mosaic America Impact Award. Hazzard has served as an advisor and panelist with such organizations as the Center for Cultural Innovation, DanceUSA, National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs, and Dance Advance in Philadelphia. He was recently appointed to serve on the Funding Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland.
Michelle Lynch Reynolds, Program Director
Michelle Lynch Reynolds has been working with the dance community in the Bay Area for over a decade, as a performer and in arts management. She received her BA in Dance and International Studies from Goucher College in Baltimore and an MA in Dance Theatre: the Body in Performance from the Trinity Laban Conservatiore of Music and Dance in London. Prior to joining Dancers’ Group, Michelle worked in institutional fundraising and served as curator of dance programming at Meridian Gallery. She is currently on the Advisory Board of Emerging Arts Professionals/San Francisco Bay Area.
Valerie Mendez, Program Assistant
Valerie Mendez began her movement exploration at age 2 when she began taking Martial Arts classes with her brothers and father. In 2014 Mendez graduated from UC Riverside with a BA in Dance and began interning as the liaison for Trolley Dances Riverside under the direction of Sue Roginski. She also attended regular trainings with Intersect Dance Theater as well as performed with P.L.A.C.E. Performance within the Inland Empire. A year later the new graduate moved to the Bay Area to pursue her dream of dancing, choreographing and performing. Currently Valerie holds a position with Bandaloop as well as continues to practice various dance styles. Photo by Jonathan Godoy.
Andréa Spearman, Program Assistant
Bay Area native, Andréa Spearman is overjoyed to join the Dancer’s Group team. She is a student, teacher, choreographer, and performer of a variety of modern-based movement with over 20 years of experience. Her background includes the study of modern dance, hip hop, jazz, west African, ballet, Haitian, Latin styles, worship dance, musical and dramatic theatre, music theory, dance composition, dance history and production. She has performed with/for Carla Service and Dance-A-Vision, SBAD Sacramento Black Art of Dance, Eastlake Music Festival, Saint Mary’s College of California, the National Council of Negro Women, Frick Impact Academy, Progressive National Baptist State Convention, Avon Inc., etc. Starting her own dance company in 2016, A. Spearman & Co. creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions and an eclectic mix of styles. In August 2017, as part of the critically acclaimed SOMArts exhibition and festival “The Black Woman is God”, the company performed their emotion grabbing, socio-political piece, “Justice/justUS”, addressing police violence against black women.
2018 Board of Directors
Mary Armentrout, President
Artistic Director, Mary Armentrout Dance Theater
Gianna Bruno, Treasurer
Director of Alumni Leadership Initiatives, Education Pioneers
Director of Operations with Oakland Ballet Company
Choreographer/Performer, Lecturer-Stanford University
Co-director, Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater
Software Engineer at Google, Dancer with the Abhinaya Dance Company
Dana Lawton, Secretary
Professor, Saint Mary’s College
Event Planner, San Francisco
Senior Counsel, Global Intellectual Property Group, eBay
Wayne Hazzard, ex officio
Executive Director, Dancers’ Group
Jose Maria Francos
Artistic Director, ZACCHO Dance Theater
Choreographer, Dance Innovator
Choreographer-performer-citizen, Circo Zero
Founder and Director, Luna Dance Institute
AXIS Dance Company
Executive Director, Northern California Land Trust