Staff + Board

Wayne Hazzard

Artist Administrator AKA executive director

wayne@dancersgroup.org

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.

Andréa Spearman

ARTIST RESOURCE MANAGER

andrea@dancersgroup.org

Bay Area native, Andréa Spearman is an administrator, choreographer, performer, teacher, and student of a variety of modern-based movement with over 20 years of experience. Her company, A. Spearman & Co. is a contemporary fusion dance company where all artists are trained in various fields of art including ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, cultural dance, photography, live vocals, poetry, acting, directing, production, and more.

Currently she produces and hosts, The Black Landscape podcast, a series of conversations that spotlight Black people doing significant work in the SF Bay Area communities in various industries including the arts, local government, local authors, the Peralta College system, labor unions, retail and costuming design, tech, and more!

Shellie Jew

Administrative Assistant

shellie@dancersgroup.org

A Bay Area native, Shellie Jew graduated from UCLA and attended the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. Shellie currently dances for eMotion Arts, and has performed with Alameda Civic Ballet, dawsondancesf, Garrett + Moulton Productions, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, and ZiRu Dance. She is also an administrative assistant for Kristin Damrow & Company.

Abigail Hosein

Finance and Administration Manager

abigail@dancersgroup.org

Abigail Hosein is a designer of dance, visuals, and systems. She works professionally as a choreographer, dancer, teacher,  arts administrator, and infrastructure analyst as well as a UX/XI, database, web and graphic designer. In 2002 she founded her modern dance company, ahdanco, and she has since taught dance for over 18 years, serving on faculty at Santa Clara University, College Prep High School, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. She holds her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Mills College and has performed locally for Dance Repertory/San Francisco, Hudson Dance, and Rogelio Lopez & Dancers to name a few.  In her non-dance life she is a nerd for systems analysis, process design, and UI design for databases and apps, doing this work throughout the Bay for school districts, business technology, behavior intervention, and arts centers.

Julie Kanter

Institutional Fundraising Consultant

Julie Kanter has over 25 years of experience helping small and mid-sized arts organizations manage their institutional fundraising. An expert grant-writer, she works closely with her clients to develop compelling, comprehensive proposals for a wide range of regional and national funders and create long-term strategies for building and sustaining a diverse institutional fundraising base. Over the years, Julie’s list of long-term clients has included AfroSolo Theatre Company, Epiphany Dance Theater, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Liss Fain Dance, Living Jazz, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, CubaCaribe and more. A member of ODC/Dance during the ‘80s and ‘90s, Julie now spends her time in the water instead of a dance studio but feels fortunate to maintain a close connection to the Bay Area dance community through her work as Dancers’ Group’s institutional fundraising consultant.

2020 Board Members

Mary Armentrout

President; Artistic Director, Mary Armentrout Dance Theater

Gianna Bruno

Treasurer; Director of Alumni Leadership Initiatives, Education Pioneers

Leah Curran

Director of Operations, Oakland Ballet Company

Debby Kajiyama

Co-director, Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater

Rasika Kumar

Software Engineer, Google; Dancer, Abhinaya Dance Company

Dana Lawton

Secretary; Department Chair for Performing Arts, Saint Mary’s College; Artistic Director, Dana Lawton Dances

Wayne Hazzard, ex officio

Executive Director, Dancers’ Group

Heather Cooper

Dance Faculty
San Jose State University Choreographer-Performer

Rogelio Lopez

Artistic Director
Rogelio Lopez & Dancers

Dance Faculty
Saint Mary’s College

Advisory Board

Jose Maria Francos

Lighting Designer

Joanna Haigood

Artistic Director, ZACCHO Dance Theater

Keith Hennessy

Choreographer-performer-citizen, Circo Zero

Patricia Reedy

Founder and Director, Luna Dance Institute

Judy Smith

Founder, AXIS Dance Company

Ian Winters

Executive Director, Northern California Land Trust