Staff + Board
Artist Administrator AKA 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.
Bay Area native, Andréa Spearman is a choreographer, performer, teacher, and student of a variety of modern-based movement with over 20 years of experience. Her background includes the study of modern dance, hip hop, jazz, west African, ballet, Haitian, Latin styles, worship dance, musical and dramatic theatre, music theory, dance composition, dance history and production. She has performed with/for Carla Service and Dance-A-Vision, SBAD Sacramento Black Art of Dance, Eastlake Music Festival, Saint Mary’s College of California, the National Council of Negro Women, Frick Impact Academy, Progressive National Baptist State Convention, Avon Inc., etc. Starting her own dance company in 2012, A. Spearman & Co. creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions and an eclectic mix of styles. In August 2017, as part of the critically acclaimed SOMArts exhibition and festival “The Black Woman is God”, the company performed their emotion grabbing, socio-political piece, “Justice/JUSTus”, addressing police violence against black women.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Katie Taylor is a dancer and teacher. Dancing since 1991 and teaching since 2000, Katie has trained in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip hop, and contemporary dance and has taught dance at studios across Northern California. Katie is on faculty at Danspace in Oakland and manages the Adult Division program, supporting brand-new, returning, and experienced adult students in their dance education. In addition, Katie is a founding member of COterie DAnce Company (CODA), now serving on CODA’s board. Outside of her dance experience, Katie spent 12 years working in nonprofits, supporting entrepreneurs and community leaders to build hundreds of small businesses and organizations rooted in Bay Area neighborhoods. As part of her nonprofit economic development work, Katie has built and managed volunteer and internship programs, run marketing and impact evaluation departments, and implemented various programs attempting to bring resources to communities in an equitable and accessible way. Katie received a BA in Public Policy and Hispanic Studies from William Smith College, and lives in Oakland.
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.
2020 Board Members
President; Artistic Director, Mary Armentrout Dance Theater
Treasurer; Director of Alumni Leadership Initiatives, Education Pioneers
Director of Operations, Oakland Ballet Company
Co-director, Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater
Software Engineer, Google; Dancer, Abhinaya Dance Company
Secretary; Department Chair for Performing Arts, Saint Mary’s College; Artistic Director, Dana Lawton Dances
Senior Counsel, Global Intellectual Property Group, eBay
Wayne Hazzard, ex officio
Executive Director, Dancers’ Group
San Jose State University Choreographer-Performer
Rogelio Lopez & Dancers
Saint Mary’s College
Jose Maria Francos
Artistic Director, ZACCHO Dance Theater
Choreographer, Dance Innovator
Choreographer-performer-citizen, Circo Zero
Founder and Director, Luna Dance Institute
Founder, AXIS Dance Company
Executive Director, Northern California Land Trust