Wayne Hazzard, Executive Director
Before his manifold career in arts management, Wayne Hazzard had a distinguished 20-year career performing with many notable choreographers and companies including the Joe Goode Performance Group; Margaret Jenkins Dance Company; Ed Mock & Company; June Watanabe; Aaron Osborne; Emily Keeler and more. Coinciding with his life as a dancer, Hazzard has and continues to work as an advocate for dance. In 2000 he worked with the dance legend Anna Halprin presenting her work in a performance retrospective celebrating her 80th year and in 2009 helped present Halprin’s latest work, “Spirit of Place,” that premiered in San Francisco’s historic Stern Grove Concert Meadow. In 2000 he received an Isadora Duncan (Izzies) Award for his innovation, dedication and contribution to the field of dance and in 1996 was awarded an Izzies for his role presenting The Dedication Project: remembering those lost to AIDS. Hazzard has served as an advisor and panelist with such organizations as the Center for Cultural Innovation, National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission and Dance Advance in Philadelphia.
Michelle Lynch Reynolds, Program Director
Michelle Lynch Reynolds came to the Bay Area from her native Pennsylvania in 2005 to pursue a career in dance. 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. In addition to experience in institutional fundraising, Michelle served as curator of dance programming at Meridian Gallery and was a fellow with the San Francisco Bay Area Emerging Arts Professionals from 2010-11. She is currently part of the Emerging Arts Professional’s Leadership Team and is a member of Trio, a loosely London-based experimental performance collective.
Rosa Lisbeth Navarrete, Program Assistant
Rosa comes from Perú and Los Angeles, California. She currently resides in the Bay Area, and loves all things Art. Rosa is a writer, performance artist, and media professional/filmmaker. She has an English degree from the University of California, Berkeley and two minors in Creative Writing and Dance Performance. Before attending Cal she worked and interned for television and film companies such as: Disney, ColorForce, Inc. in association with DreamWorks Studios, Univision Network, and Mun2 with ImaginaUs Productions. Her specialties are film/television production, video editing, script coverage, and administrative work for non-profit organizations like Inner-City Filmmakers and Pasadena Playhouse. She is also a graduate of Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF), a non-profit film school based in Los Angeles that provides job and internship opportunities in the film/television industry for talented youth. Rosa recently completed the Certification Program with Integrated Movement Studies in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis.
Evangel (Vangie) King, Guardian of Books
I am a choreographer, performer, teacher, and community activist. Bookkeeping is my day job for many years. Like dance it is an ancient form that still continues to make the world go round. It is about being in balance and creating a structure that allows numbers to flow into a clear statement of activity. I have enjoyed applying my trade for Dancers’ Group since the time when our home was the Footwork Studio at 22nd & Mission.
2014 Board of Directors
Mary Armentrout, President
Artistic Director, Mary Armentrout Dance Theater
Choreographer/Performer, Lecturer-Stanford University
Co-director, Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater
Jaycfil (JC) Labio
Creative Director, Afinkao Dance Productions
Dana Lawton, Secretary
Professor, Saint Mary’s College
Director of Alumni Leadership Initiatives, Education Pioneers
Erin Mei-Ling Stuart
Artistic Director, EmSpace Dance
Robin Nasatir, Treasurer
President and CEO, Cliff Consulting, Inc.
Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, Vice President
Kathak Dancer, Arts Advocate, Mother
Attorney, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Wayne Hazzard, ex officio
Executive Director, Dancers’ Group
Jose Maria Francos
Production Manager, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Artistic Director, ZACCHO Dance Theater
Choreographer, Dance Innovator
Choreographer-performer-citizen, Circo Zero
Founder and Director, Luna Dance Institute
Artistic Director, AXIS Dance Company
Executive Director, Northern California Land Trust
Parachute Fund Committee
Artistic Director, Joe Goode Performance Group
Vice President, Steve Silver Productions
Pilates Master, Body Wise Studio