By Wayne Hazzard


Here we are.

Have you figured out your superpowers yet? During hard times I’ve discovered that I’m able to call upon something unknown. I call this discovery my superpower. I now know that I can take on difficult and dark moments and find an inner strength, my superpower, to move forward.

Do these moments hurt? Is it hard to figure out what to do next? Will the experience leave scars? Yes, yes, and yes.

These months in quarantine have been wackadoodle — thanks for sharing this super descriptive and fitting word with me, Sima Belmar. I think we can agree that this is a super-wackadoodle time. WTF

I’ve been relying on humor quite a bit to navigate the devastation brought on by this pandemic. The funny-bone distraction helps for a brief moment, and then there’s the realization that we are in a place none of us have ever experienced before. We might say it’s the penultimate ultimate realer than real life performance-art experience.

Our covergirl for In Dance’s new look is Anna Halprin. I’ve had the honor to hug this  superwoman (remember hugs!). Over the past 24 years I’ve worked on projects that presented Anna’s work in numerous settings. And I would jump at the opportunity to work on more projects with Anna because as Janice Ross writes in this issue, “Anna has never made art for posterity nor has she put much stock in cementing her legacy. She is a champion of change.” Now that’s a superpower! I visualize her superwoman outfit being her skin — a powerful aging body that reinforces beauty without artifice.

Over the next months, In Dance will continue to engage with writers and artists and stories in different ways. We are on an unknown path. We will stumble and discover that hope and desire are our guiding lights. Join me in continuing to develop and share superpowers that allow us to find a way.

I hope you’re safe, and well, and being kind to yourself.

This article appeared in the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of In Dance.

Wayne Hazzard 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. Hazzard had a distinguished 20-year career performing the works of many notable choreographers including Ed Mock, June Watanabe, Emily Keeler, Aaron Osborne, Joe Goode and Margaret Jenkins. Coinciding with his life as a dancer, Hazzard has and continues to work as an advocate for dance.