Current Members

Committee Members 2013-2014
Dennis Mullen, Chair
Gail Barton
Arnold Chao
Sally Confer
Kerensa DeMars
Laura Elaine Ellis
Jenefer Johnson
Daria Kaufman
Virginia Matthews
Kate Mattingly
Teri McCollum
Katherine Nauman
Molly Rogers
Jane Bassett Rosario
Abby Stein
Mahealani Uchiyama
Katherine Warner

Biographies of the Isadora Duncan Dance Award Committee Members for the years 2013-2014. For more information about the committee, read about our policies.


Gail Barton, (MA, SFSU) has taught at San Francisco City College since 1980. A Folk and Ballroom specialist, she also taught Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Yoga, and Tap, served as Dance Coordinator, and directed the dance teams. She has also served as a judge for the Ethnic Dance Festival, on the California Arts Council, as CDEA Vice President and as assistant director of Khadra Ethnic Music & Dance Ensemble. She has appeared with Pacific Ballet and as a “super” with national and international ballet companies.

Arnold Chao trained on full scholarship under Noordin Jumalon (Vaganova) at Ballet Philippines.  He also trained with Lisa Macuja (Vaganova) and Agnes Locsin (Graham). He danced for Dance Theatre Philippines and for Philippine Ballet Theatre. He performed with the national Jazz troupe “Salinggawi” and with Yih Shian Dance Company (Traditional Chinese Dance).

Sally Confer has trained in Modern, Jazz, African, Tap, Eastern European and American Regional Dance since her middle school years. Sally was a performer, director and choreographer with the Aman World Music and Dance Ensemble. Sally directed the Baratsag Camp & taught community outreach classes for Stanford University Lively Arts. Sally heads Sally Confer Associates, specializing in process improvement, and quality management system implementation.

Kerensa DeMars, BFA, is a dancer/choreographer who synthesizes Flamenco and Arabic dance. She trained for seven years in Madrid with some of Spain’s foremost Flamenco artists. An early member of FatChanceBellyDance, Kerensa brought the group’s signature Tribal style to Spain, touring with Radio Tarifa from 2001 to 2003.  She has performed at London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Teatro Calderón of Madrid, Tivoli in Barcelona and the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts. Kerensa has directed a series of Flamenco/Arabic productions in the US and Spain, most recently the Flamenco/Moroccan fusion project Zahara at San Francisco’s Cowell Theater. She presents the Flamenco Room, a weekly performance now in its tenth consecutive year.

Laura Elaine Ellis is a dancer, educator, choreographer, and producer.  She is co-founder and Executive Director of the African & African American Performing Arts Coalition, co-presenters of the Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now.  Ellis is the Executive Director of the Young Saints Scholarship Foundation, dedicated to awarding young performing artists the opportunity to train in pre-professional programs. She is on faculty of the Dance and Theater Departments at The Athenian School and California State University, East Bay.  Ellis currently serves as a board member for CounterPULSE, Robert Moses’ Kin, and Oaktown Jazz Workshops.

Jenefer Johnson danced with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the Dayton Ballet and the Shawl Anderson Company.  She has taught ballet at Berkeley Conservatory Ballet, Shawl Anderson and University of California Berkeley, and dance history at Mills, Saint Mary’s LEAP program, SFB and UCB.  She currently serves on the UCB dance faculty.

Daria Kaufman is a dancer/choreographer who has presented work throughout the Bay Area and performed for numerous choreographers and companies. Her interests and experience in dance are diverse, ranging from postmodern forms to dance theater, ballet & dance film. She holds a MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Mills College.

Virginia Matthews began her dance career at Sarah Lawrence College under the mentorship of Bessie Shoenberg and trained at The Merce Cunningham Studio in N.Y.C.  She was a founding member of The Margaret Jenkins Dance Co. in San Francisco, and served as school director of The Margaret Jenkins Dance Studio.  She continued her professional career as co-artistic director of Dances for 1 and 2 which toured throughout the United States, Europe, Turkey and Israel. Founding her own dance company in 1983, she choreographed over 40 works which were performed throughout the S.F. Bay Area. Concurrently she taught dance at The College Preparatory School in Oakland from 1972 to 1994.  Since moving to Sonoma County, she has worked extensively with youth and adults at her dance studio, Downtown Dance/Art Space, The Santa Rosa H.S. Artquest program, Analy High School and The Sebastopol Community Center as well as guest performing and teaching at Sonoma State University.  She founded All City Dance, a teen dance company and created the 3Generations Dance Project, a multi-age performing company encompassing ages 8 to 60. She is also a founding member of SoCo Dance Theatre, an alliance of professional and pre-professional dance artists of Sonoma County. She has served on the Board of Directors of The Dance Coalition (the original S.F. Bay Area dance service organization) and was chairperson of The Isadora Duncan Dance Award Committee for 3 of the 5 years she served on the committee.  She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award for choreography.

Kate Mattingly has written about dance and performance for The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Washington Post, Dance magazine, Dance Research Journal, Art Practice, and many other publications and websites. She has served as on the dance faculty of George Washington University and is currently a doctoral student in Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Teri McCollum trained in ballet with Ronn Guidi at the Oakland Ballet Academy. Later, she became an Oakland Raiderette and assisted with the choreographic dance routines. She created her website “Odette’s Ordeal” which reviews local dance performances, raising the visibility of dance artists, and supports on-line discussion of dance related issues.

Dennis Mullen is a Professor of Business at City College of San Francisco. He was the Izzies Chair from 2006 – 2009, and Co-Chair in 2005 and 2011. He has a background in ballet and currently sits on several non-profit boards. He has several oral history dance interviews in the collection at the San Francisco Museum of Performance and Design. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Izzies Committee.

Katherine Nauman is originally from NYC, where she was an active performer, educator and assistant to her mentor, Horton master teacher, Milton Myers.  Since relocating to San Francisco in 2008 she has taught Horton master classes and lectured at UC Berkeley and SF State University, and serves on faculty for Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and the LINES Ballet Training Program.  Katherine founded the Bay Area Horton Collective, is Co- Director of the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center and performs with Anne-René Petrarca/Sculpted Motion.

Molly Rogers, a San Francisco native, currently serves on the faculty of the Lines Ballet Training Program and Summer Program where she teaches dance history. After completing her Masters degree in Dance at the University of California, Irvine, she worked as a lecturer in dance history at UC Irvine and as a guest artist at Windward High School inLos Angeles.  In addition to her academic teaching she has received choreographic commissions from Scripps College, Windward High School, and the Lines Ballet BFA program at Dominican University.

Jane Bassett Rosario began her dance training in Sacramento, California in 1965, spending her adolescence studying ballet and most of her adulthood studying modern dance in its various forms. She was one of the original members of Luna: A Dance World, founded by Patricia Reedy, serving on its first board and dancing with Patricia Reedy + Dancers for about a decade. Jane has also danced with Aileen Kim, and most recently, in the Berkeley Ballet Theatre Adult Showcase with Patricia Banchik. Jane currently works as a librarian at UC Berkeley.

Abby Stein has trained in modern, jazz, ballet, tap, musical theater and an array of bellydance styles. She graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with a double major in Dance and Performance Studies and Near Eastern Studies. Awarded the campus-wide Haas Scholars Award for her honors research project and thesis on belly dance in the United States, Abby also received her department’s two highest awards for dance scholarship. She is currently exploring salsa and other forms of social dance. Her professional background is in marketing, event production, arts administration and resource development for nonprofits.

Mahealani Uchiyama is a dancer, musician, composer and teacher. An advocate for cultural understanding, she is the founder and Artistic Director of the Center for International Dance (MUCID), and is Kumu Hula (hula teacher) of Halau KaUaTuahine. Mahealani holds a BA in Dance Ethnology and an MA in Pacific Island Studies, both from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

Katherine Warner, founding member of Alonzo King Lines Ballet, has danced with San Francisco Ballet, Dance Spectrum, Zaccho Dance Theater San Francisco and Santa Fe Opera. Katherine has been a jury panelist for Seattle and Marin Arts Councils. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Child/Adolescent development. Currently Katherine is working in outreach to youth and teaching for Lines Ballet.