Dancers' Group is the kind of arts support organization I would wish for every artist - its run and staffed by artists in the field who have first-hand experience of the kinds of processes they are supporting - not just faceless administrators sitting in an office somewhere. Plus, these folks are dedicated to making my life as a dance artist easier and more productive, partly by taking the task of dance administration as a creative endeavor in itself - sparking really interesting new programs and ways of thinking about how we do the business of making dance art - which is an inspiration in itself.
Dancers' Group has been a valuable resource as I move through the startup phase with my organization, see. think. dance.
I am always impressed with the availability of Executive Director, Wayne Hazzard - via email or in person, Wayne has been extremely open to my questions and need to have a sounding board when it comes to the sticky things: fundraising plans, prioritizing, residency.
Without the support and guidance of Dancers' Group, I never would have got my company off the ground. In addition to all the superb administrative help they offer, they are also just always available for personal and artistic guidance through the very difficult terrain of running one's own dance company. They are consistently compassionate and generous. One could not ask for a more supportive and inspiring organization.
Dancers' Group is an A-Team of super heroes for dance. I have received guidance, feedback, encouragement and technical assistance from just about every program they offer. Knowing that I can pick up the phone or contact anyone on staff for help or advice means that I know I can grow my company without isolation. This organization keeps dancers, and our needs in clear focus, often filling gaps like no other group. I read In Dance, their weekly enews blasts and updates religiously - they are inclusive, detailed and keep my finger on the pulse of our large and diverse dance community. In fact, I credit Dancers' Group with setting the cutting edge and inclusive tone of our community as a whole - they are so much of what makes this a great dance center in the country. I have seen other artist driven service organizations lose altitude, and yet I don't see this happening at DG. The dedication of the staff, past and present, have made such an impact on me, and many of my colleagues. My hat is off to Wayne, Kegan, Jorge, Shae, Maureen and Vangie for giving us this gift that keeps on giving!
I am a co-director of Raks Africa, a Bay Area bellydance duo. In 2010 we started Girls Raks, a summer program for girls 13-19, which focuses on body image and bellydance. The venture would have been impossible without the assistance of Dancers' Group. They provided the fundraising infrastructure, access to affordable insurance and moral support that we needed to make the program a great success. They also organized a tax workshop for artist that was extremely informative.
I am a professional dancer, director/choreographer and teaching artist in Chicago. I am in my second year of membership with Dancers' Group. I enthusiastically support this group for the wonderful work they do in the Bay area, but also for the awareness they bring dance and dancers across the country. I wish Chicago had a strong organization like this to support their artists. I receive the monthly publication, Indance, and always find useful information for myself and my work. I get consistent emails from Dancers' Group, relaying information regarding works that are occurring in the Bay area and grant updates. Often, there are national grants or items that I can put to use. I think the fact that this organization can assist an artist in the Midwest speaks volumes. Dancers' Group is reaching out not only to the artists in their area, but also touching others across the country.
I lived and worked in the Bay Area in the '80's as a choreographer and artistic director of a dance company. At this time, Dancers’ Group was just getting started and it was poised to replace the Bay Area Dance Coalition/Dance Bay Area organization, which was starting to lose steam as the leading advocacy/service organization for dance. Thirty years later, having just returned for an extended visit here, I am amazed at what Dancers’ Group has accomplished. It has far exceeded its predecessor in the range and depth of support it provides. Through the visionary leadership of its Executive Director, Wayne Hazzard, who knows the field of dance from years of personal experience as a performer, this organization truly meets the needs of the Bay Area dance community. It is apparent to me that Mr. Hazzard’s understanding of collaboration in service of a larger goal, gleaned from many years in the studio, has informed his methods of leadership. Understanding at a deep level how to process, include, listen and guide, as one does through the creative process, has been instrumental in creating a strong community, both within the organization and within the Bay Area dance scene. These strategies, which are probably more intuitive than strategic, have engendered commitment to the organization and a strong vision for its future of service to dance. Bravo! How exciting to see that this organization has weathered the economic roller coasters of the dotcom crash and the recent recession, to continue in its support of Bay Area dance in all of its richness and diversity.
I am updated on events, opportunities, jobs, grants, performances through both online and their newspaper.
The staff is excellent, friendly and always available to have a conversation about what i am interested in.
They create community service of many kinds.
Since moving to San Francisco 15 years ago as an independent dance artist, Dancers' Group has provided me with a tremendous amount of support and guidance in the role of fiscal sponsor. This support has come not simply through its presence (which is considerably reassuring), but in concrete practices in navigating the dance community, including grant writing tips, fund raising advice, and performing opportunities (through presenting programs such as the Bread and Butter Series, 2nd Sundays, and, most recently, New Stages). Dancers' Group monthly periodical In Dance serves as San Francisco's only printed forum for discussion and inquiry. Dancers' Group is the cornerstone of and greatest advocate for Bay Area dance of all genres--no exaggeration.
As a professional dancer/choreographer returning to my field, I feel very fortunate that such a competent, knowledgable advocacy organization as Dancer's Group exists and thrives. The director, Wayne Hazzard was tremendously supportive and helpful in guiding the choreographer's collective, which I am a member of, through the fiscal agent process. The monthly newsletter and weekly e-mail bulletins keep our group informed about grant deadlines, performance and rehearsal spaces available, etc. But most of all, Dancer's Group enables us to feel connected as a community, offering support and shared knowledge. This is an extremely valuable organization which enhances the art of dance in the Bay Area.