Stella Adelman (Membership)
is the Program Director at Dance Mission Theater. A San Francisco native, Adelmanholds a BA in World Arts and Cultures and a Master in Education. As a performer Adelman has had the honor of working with Rhodessa Jones and Krissy Keefer, and several Caribbean dance companies, including Aguas da Bahia, Arenas Dance Company, and Alayo Dance Company, among others. She co-produced the CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music for four years and currently works with Carnaval San Francisco.
Sima Belmar (Nominations)
earned her PhD in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley in 2015, and holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin. Her writings have been published in The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, Performance Matters, and the Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies. Sima is a member of the dance writing lab at the National Center for Choreography in Akron, and writes for Dancers’ Group's In Dance. She has taught dance studies at UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s College of California, Sonoma State University, Mills College, Austin Peay State University, Shawl Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley Ballet Theater, and IALS (Roma).
Nick Brentley (Production)
sits on the committee representing all sides of the stage. Between performer, administrator and technician his arts career ranges from dinner theater, award ceremonies, parades, music videos and short films on both US coasts. Locally, he has been a member of AXIS Dance Company, Embodiment Project and was Producing and Facilities Manager at CounterPULSE. Currently he is a clothing stylist and designer at Al’s Attire, a bespoke clothing store in North Beach.
Brett Conway (Production)
is a former dancer of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater and has worked with renowned choreographers Alonzo King, Jiri Kylian, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Mats Ek, Crystal Pite and Ohad Naharin amongst others. Brett is currently a San Francisco based freelance artist and on faculty with the LINES Ballet Educational Programs and Dance Center.
Joseph W. Copley (Fundraising)
after receiving his BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase, moved to the Bay Area to join Oakland Ballet, where he danced for over a decade. Joseph had a multi-dimensional performance career working in Social Dance, Ballet, Modern, Opera, Drag, Burlesque, and Performance Art. Now retired from performance, he is Company Manager of ODC, sits on multiple community arts committees, and finds joy supporting performing artists connect with presenting partners.
Angela Demmel (Nominations/Production)
is Director of Dance and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Moreau Catholic High School (Hayward) where she developed and teaches a five-tiered program that has been honored by the University of California Regents. Angela is an alumna of CSUEB's Department of Theatre and Dance, where she has also been a lecturer. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance at Mills College in 2010.
Natalia Duong (Membership/Administrator)
is a performance artist, choreographer, and writer. She is a company member of Poetic Theater Productions and The Lonely Painter Project. She is currently a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.
Laura Elaine Ellis (Chair/Membership)
is founding member and Executive Director of The African & African American Performing Arts Coalition and is Executive Director of the Young Saints Scholarship Foundation. Ellis is a long-time company member with Dimensions Dance Theater and has served 21 years on faculty of the Dance & Theater Departments at the Athenian School and CSUEB. She has been published in the Dance USA Journal, is a recipient of an "Izzy" Award for Outstanding Individual Performance, and serves on the board for CounterPULSE, Robert Moses’ Kin, and Oaktown Jazz Workshops.
Dudley Flores (Governance)
a San Francisco native, finds joy in connecting people to our vibrant dance community. As a performer, he’s worked with Garrett+Moulton Productions, Robert Moses’ KIN, ODC/Dance, the Printz Dance Project and others, and has performed in the SF Hip Hop Dancefest, Carnaval, SF Ethnic Dance Festival, as well as for film, TV and fashion. Currently, he teaches as part of the Rhythm & Motion Program and serves as the company’s Artistic Director and Master Teacher Trainer.
Aileen Kim (Nominations)
is a longtime dancer and choreographer in the San Francisco Bay Area (Terrain a Dance Collective, Asian American Dance Performances, and Berkeley Ballet Theater) who has also performed in Poland, Germany, and Japan. She has appeared in works by choreographers that include George Balanchine, Robert Nichols, Kristina Horvath, Nancy Karp, and Frank Shawl, and is an Izzie Award recipient and former artist-in-residence at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. Aileen is retired but happily still dancing and teaching yoga.
Sriba Kwadjovie (Fundraising)
was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and began her classical dance training with the Oakland Ballet and modern and Pan-African dance with the Beatriz Ross Cultural Dance Ensemble. She has worked with Bay Area based dance companies such as Robert Moses' Kin, Company Chaddick, ODC, Leyya Tawil's Dance ELIXIR. Most recently she choreographed and performed a solo project for the Havana Biennial 2015 in Cuba. When she's not dancing, Sriba enjoys researching and engaging in the complexities of intellectual property law.
Amy Lewis (Secratary)
began presenting choreography in the Bay Area in 2005, founding Push Up Something Hidden in 2007. Her work has been supported by dance festivals, choreographic programs, residencies, and commissions, including Women’s Work, West Wave Dance Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, SFIAF, SwapFest, ODC’s Pilot Program, Meridian Gallery, The Garage, SAFEhouse Arts, SPF9, Shawl-Anderson’s Youth Ensemble, and 8x8x8. Lewis holds a B.A. in theater from UCLA and an M.F.A. in dance from Mills College. www.pushproductions.org
Teri McCollum (Nominations/Publicity)
is the unapologetically tiara'd dance journalist and blogarina, 'Odette’ of Odette’s Ordeal, dedicated to raising local dance artists' visibility through insightful reviews, interviews and features on her award-winning website and popular social media platforms. Generously mentored by Oakland Ballet Founding Artistic Director Ronn Guidi, Teri danced with Oakland Youth Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Oakland Raiderettes, and LiberTango, her performing arts and teaching background including ballet, jazz, musical theater, Argentine tango, ballroom, tap, and playing violin in four youth symphonies.
Dennis Mullen (Treasurer/Fundraising)
is a former Chair and member of the Izzies from 2003 to 2016. He was a soloist with the Santa Clara Ballet, and a former board member of Alonzo King's LINES Ballet. He has several oral histories published and in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Performance and Design. Currently, he is a Professor of Accounting and International Business at City College of San Francisco.
Aarti Shah (Production)
is a Vancouver, BC native, and has studied and trained in classical Indian dance for over 25 years. She began her dance journey through Bharata Natyam, and then pursued her love for Kathak in Vancouver, India and San Francisco. Outside of the dance studio, Aarti is a Designer/Brand Manager and active in the performing arts and social justice spaces in the Bay Area.
Tamara Taves (Publicity/Fundraising)
has 30 years of dance experience and a passion for bringing out the best in her students. She studied dance and education at Brigham Young University and performed with their Ballet department as well as the renowned International Folk Dance Ensemble. Tamara was named KAR's Director of the Year in 2012. She has successfully coached dancers for Youth America Grand Prix and teaches aspiring young dancers throughout the Bay Area.
Katherine Warner (Production)
is a founding member of Alonzo King Lines Ballet. She also has danced with San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Dance Spectrum, Zaccho Dance Theater, San Francisco Opera, and Santa Fe Opera. Katherine has been honored by the Isadora Duncan Awards for Outstanding Contribution as a Dancer. Recently, Katherine graduated Magna Cum Laude from SF State University. Currently, Ms. Warner is a teacher with Alonzo King Lines Dance Center and the Lines Educational Programs.
Jamie Wright (Production)
is a former musician with a BA in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA in Marketing from University of San Francisco. He has served on the Board of Directors of Robert Moses Kin and Push Dance Company since 2006. His work has been presented at: the Black Choreographers Festival/Here and Now; 24 Views and the Pilot Program at ODC Theater; Collaborations! Dance: Music at the Cowell Theater; and in four seasons at Dance Mission. He has been commissioned to create works for And Still Dancing and the Opera Frontiers. In 2012 he choreographed for the world première of Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, by author Anne Rice.
Leesha Zieber (Membership)
is a trans* dance artist. They grew up dancing in Santa Cruz, CA, and moved to the Bay Area in 2011 to attend San Francisco State University. They graduated summa cum laude with degrees in dance and mathematics. Leesha is currently dancing with KAMBARA+DANCERS, Dance Brigade, and ayanadancearts. They have also danced as a guest artist with ODC and Robert Moses' Kin.