Stella Adelman (Membership Co-Chair)
is the Program Director at Dance Mission Theater. A San Francisco native, Adelman holds 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 from 2007 to 2010 and currently sits on Calle 24’s Art and Culture Committee.
Nick Brentley (Co-Chair)
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.
Sarah Bush (Membership)
Sarah Bush is Artistic Director of Sarah Bush Dance Project. She has performed with Dance Brigade and New Style Motherlode. She participates in a variety of styles and is interested in the intersection of dance and theater. She creates and presents dance in diverse environments and believes in the ability of dance to build community. SBDP is in Residence at Berkeley Art Center and generates work from a holistic approach to process, product and audience engagement.
Claire Calalo Berry (Social Media Co-Chair)
is the founder of for change dance collective, a company that uses deeply collaborative practices to create innovative dance works that foster social change. She has bachelor’s degrees from Santa Clara University and an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine. She teaches at Performing Arts Academy of Marin and Santa Clara University. Performance credits include works by Angela Demmel, Sue Li Jue, Nina Haft, Kristin Kusanovich, Nhan Ho, Lauren Baines, and others.
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 Co-Chair)
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 (Co-Chair)
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.
Dudley Flores (Nominations)
is a San Francisco native and 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 is the production assistant for the SF Ethnic Dance Festival and is the Artistic Director and Master Teacher Trainer of Rhythm & Motion.
Aileen Kim (Nominations Co-Chair)
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 (Membership)
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
Jena McRae Schwirtz (Production)
(she/her) holds a BA in World Arts and Cultures/Dance from UCLA and a Masters degree in Ethnochorelogy from the University of Limerick in Ireland. After returning to the Bay Area, she became a founding member of Nicole Klaymoon's Embodiment Project, and danced with the company until 2014, and has been a member of PianoFight theater company since 2011. Currently, she's the Director of Operations at SOMArts Cultural Center and produces theater and dance works of her own making.
Dennis Mullen (Fundraising Chair)
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.
Sonia D. Pina
explores music and dance through production and performance. She is the Production Manager for World Arts West, producers of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, in addition to producing the CubaCaribe Festival. Sonia is also the Co-Founder of MIJIS Production, a media company. She is a Hawaiian cultural practitioner with Hālau Ka Ua Tuahine and the musical director for Batala 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.
Javier Stell-Frésquez (Social Media/Fundraising)
(Piru & Tigua Native American Xicanx from El Paso, Texas) is proud to serve on the Izzies committee to represent for her many communities. She serves Indigenous communities of the Bay, with the Two-Spirits Powwow. She received a B.S. in Environmental Science with honors in Chican@ Studies from Stanford University. With life-long experience in many dance forms and performance art, she competes in the voguing House Ballroom Scene as member of the House of Lauren. Experiencing the bay area's incredibly vibrant performance community also heavily informs his current performance projects : Chaac & Yum, a Two-Spirit Dance Project (To be presented at National Queer Arts Festival and DIRT Fest, 2019) and Mother the Verb (touring internationally)
Tamara Taves (Social Media Co-Chair)
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.
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.
Miriam Wolodarski (Website/Media)
holds a MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and a BSS in Political Science from Uppsala Universitet. Her original work has been supported by residency programs at CounterPULSE, TragantDansa, Centre Cívic Barceloneta, The Hemispheric Institute, and others. She has performed with Scott Wells & Dancers, Sarah Shelton Mann, and Barbara Dilley, among others, and manages The Finnish Hall. senseobject.com
Ganesh Vasudeva (Membership/ Social Media)
Ganesh is a professional Bharatanatyam dancer, researcher and choreographer with 15+ years of performing experience. Ganesh has trained in Bharatanatyam for more than 30 years under renowned gurus such as Shreelata Suresh, Bragha Bessel, and A. Lakshman. He has performed in many prestigious venues and festivals such as Nehru Centre London, Hampi Utsav, Ethnic Dance Festival, India Heritage Center New Delhi. Ganesh regularly gets invited by various sabhas (theaters) to perform during Margazhi festival of Chennai. He has created many solo works to critical acclaim and has curated festivals for Bharata and other nonprofit organization.
Leesha Zieber (Membership Co-Chair)
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.