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 on the Advisory Board of Emerging Arts Professionals and is a member of Trio, a loosely London-based experimental performance collective.
Edgar Mendez, Artist Resources Manager
Edgar is a San Francisco native and a graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California with a split major in Dance and English. Over the course of his studies he found that dance was the only thing that fueled his soul and knew that this was what he wanted to experience in his life daily. He is currently a company member with Stranger Lover Dreamer and Davalos Dance company and has worked with choreographers Catherine Marie Davalos, Rogelio Lopez, Bliss Kohlmyer, Shaunna Vella, and Elizebeth Randall to name a few. He is thrilled to be on board at Dancers’ Group as its continuing to help achieve his objective of living his life creatively, unlimited, and available – a very special lesson that dance has taught him.
Natalia Velarde, Program Assistant
New to San Francisco, Natalia is excited to join the Dancers’ Group family. She brings over 10 years of performing experience to the Bay Area and she is determined to immerse herself in the local art/dance scene. Born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia, Natalia moved to the United States to follow her passion for dance through the pursuit of a dance degree. She attended Goucher College and graduated with honors with a B.A. in Dance and a concentration in Art Administration. Natalia was a company member for the National Ballet Company, Washington Ballet, Niagara Falls Ballet and Deep Vision Dance Company. As a freelancer and guest artist, she has performed in the all of the greater Washington DC – Baltimore area, Philadelphia, New York City, Bolivia and Argentina. Before leaving the east coast, she taught ballet and worked as the School Coordinator for Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia. Fluent in Spanish and French, she works as a freelance translator and is a contributor to Danza Hoy the only Spanish language dance magazine in the US.
Melissa Lewis, Administrative Assistant
Melissa came to San Francisco in 2010 from Worcester, MA. Artistic director & choreographer of queer, feminist dance collective hers and hers; [detour dance] company artist; 35mm film photographer; Chinese daughter / learner / linguist; barista at her neighborhood cafe in the Tenderloin, George + Lennie; graduate of the Performing Arts & Social Justice Dance Program at USF. Melissa is here to invest(igate) in the intersections of dance, performance, identities, place, body, power, privilege, personal, political—in as many ways as possible. She is so honored and excited to engage with the Dancers’ Group community.
Chloë Laird Zimberg, Administrative Assistant
A Pacific Northwest native, Chloë arrived in San Francisco in 2012 from Vashon Island, WA. Since then, she has received her BA from USF’s Performing Arts and Social Justice Dance Program with a double minor in English and Politics, and has been challenged to redefine and deepen her lifelong relationship to movement, to find and use her voice, and to ask how artistry addresses both the politics and poetics of life. In addition to Dancers’ Group, you may find her working Admin at FACT/SF, at the front desk of ODC Dance Commons, teaching children art lessons, or pursuing her own dance projects as co-director of Chlo & Co Dance. Drawn to the big questions of the macro-sphere, Chloë holds her communities firmly close at heart; she is pleased to be a member of the Dancers’ Group team.
2016 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
Certified Public Accountant
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
Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, Vice President
Kathak Dancer, Arts Advocate, Mother
Senior Counsel, Global Intellectual Property Group, eBay
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