Welcome, Dec 2011

By Wayne Hazzard

December 1, 2011, PUBLISHED BY IN DANCE

Looking back, looking forward.

Sometimes it’s best to state the obvious: Like when a friend has a piece of spinach caught between his/her teeth. You need to tell them. You can be subtle, guide them to the spinach with a gesture, or you can be bolder and tell. And if done with humor, it will be appreciated, for humor and candor go hand in hand, as do artists and their communities.

While it might be apparent, and even redundant, to state that Dancers’ Group exists, and even flourishes, due to the amazing community of artists, companies and organizations that we work with, it needs to be stated, again and again. The health of our organization and the services we continue to provide are a direct result of your involvement in our work.

As part of one of the largest dance communities in the country, and growing, the mission of Dancers’ Group is to promote the visibility and viability of dance. We provide resources to artists, the dance community, and audiences through programs that are as collaborative and innovative, as the creative process. Is this one more example of stating the obvious? It certainly is.

As this year ends, Dancers’ Group is preparing to acknowledge a major anniversary: 2012 will mark three decades of presenting incredible performances, workshops, classes, programs, advocacy and convenings. As one of the founders, I have witnessed the growth of this organization that was made possible by you: our members, audience, students, sponsored artists, writers, friends and funders.

Looking back, as we continue to move forward, has allowed Dancers’ Group to collect stories and remembrances since 1982, and starting next month we will be printing a variety of these snapshots written by an amazing list of artists and notable others. But for now, here’s an overview of what our community helps us accomplish.

Through your support, we are able to:
-Present over 30 free, public performance events each year–including our popular Rotunda Dance Series, ONSITE and 2nd Sundays.

-Amplify the work of the dance community by getting the word out through ebulletins, Facebook, Twitter, California Dance Network, and more.

-Provide a free online performance calendar of dance performances happening throughout the greater Bay Area.

-Publish In Dance, sent to our members and distribute complimentary copies to the community each month.

-Support over 120 local choreographers, companies, and community dance projects through our fiscal sponsorship program.

-Provide professional opportunities including internships and artist development workshops on a variety of career, artistic and business topics.

-Offer dance artists and organizations support through re-granting programs such as CA$H Grant, the Lighting Artists in Dance Award, and New Stages for Dance.

-Advocate for dance at the local, state, and federal level.

It wouldn’t be the end of the year without a plea to ask for more support, so here’s how you can continue to help Dancers’ Group:
-Volunteer at one of our free events.
-Spread the word about our programs and services.
-Share community information with us.
-Attend our many free events such as 2nd Sundays and the Rotunda Dance Series.
-Like us on Facebook and follow our Twitter feed.
-Make a donation to Dancers’ Group or one of our many projects.

And, if you are not one of over 650 members please consider supporting Dancers’ Group, become a member.

Dreams become accomplishments when we ask for the support they need.
Happy Holidays, and cheers, another New Year approaches.

— Wayne Hazzard, Executive Director

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.