Staff + Board

Wayne Hazzard

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.

Kat Koenemann

General Manager

Kat (she/her) is an administrator, dance instructor, consultant, and body liberation activist based in Oakland, CA. Kat has trained for 30+ years in various dance styles and performed with dance companies in Alabama, South Carolina, and the Bay Area. Before joining Dancers’ Group, Kat worked for 10 years as a program administrator & evaluation manager at the University of California San Francisco’s Bixby Center for Reproductive Health, and she continues to be passionate about reproductive health access.

As a dance instructor at Hipline in Oakland, she taps into the side of dance that is joy, catharsis, embodiment, and empowerment. As a Body Empowerment Consultant, Kat trains instructors and staff how to host a fat-positive, trauma & eating disorder-aware, and empowering movement space for bodies of all shapes/sizes. Kat also teaches a monthly dance class for fat and plus-size dancers called Big Thick Energy, and she loves to host fat-positive community events in the Bay Area.

Shellie Jew

Community Resource Manager

A Bay Area native, Shellie Jew graduated from UCLA and attended the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. As a dance artist, she has performed with dawsondancesf, eMotion Arts, Garrett + Moulton Productions, Oceánica Ballet, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, and ZiRu Dance among others.

Danielle Vigil

Administrative Assistant

Danielle Vigil was born and raised in the Bay Area. Although she received her formal education in communication sciences and disorders, she has always had a passion for dance. She is a dancer, choreographer, and certified personal trainer, who has been teaching dance to kids and adults for over 15 years. She is now working in administration with Dancers’ Group and is looking forward to further serving the dance community.

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.

2023 Board Members

Mary Armentrout

Secretary; Artistic Director, Mary Armentrout Dance Theater

Leah Curran

Treasurer; Operations Coordinator at Can Do Education Foundation

And former Director of Operations at Oakland Ballet Company

Debby Kajiyama

Co-director, Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater

Rasika Kumar

President; Software Engineer, Google; Dancer, Abhinaya Dance Company

Wayne Hazzard, ex officio

Vice President; Executive Director, Dancers’ Group

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