Sept 29, 1930 - Jan 1, 2012
Since the age of 3, Lynette never stopped dancing. Her career included a 15 year faculty post at San Francisco Ballet, 28 years as principal choreographer for San Francisco's Children's Opera, and the title of original Ballet Mistress for Dimensions Dance Company. She taught for 40 years at Laney College, offering classes in ballet, dance history, and dance composition, and producing her own version of the Nutcracker. She taught at the famed Sallel Pleyel Theater in Paris, and worked at the Hungarian State Ballet and Russia's Bolshoi Ballet. She directed her own studio, Ballet Arts. In addition to her dance career, Lynette was a violinist and coordinator for the Oakland Community Orchestra.
Dr. DeFazio held M.A., M.F.A., and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees.
Lynette Stevens DeFazio
spent her life dancing. She acted and choreographed at Woodminster, and has supported our organization since the beginning, including hosting many of our dance auditions in her studio at Laney College.
In Lynette's honor, and with the encouragement of her family, we have established a scholarship fund in her name to support and encourage Woodminster dancers. Please send your contributions to
The Lynette DeFazio Scholarship Fund
Producers Associates, Inc.
P.O. Box 13008
Oakland CA 94661
Many thanks to those who contributed to the scholarships we were able to award in 2012.
Congratulations, Winners of the
2012 Lynette DeFazio Scholarships!
Three Lynette DeFazio Dance Scholarships were presented on September 15, 2012, before a performance of CATS. L to R, Lynette's son and daughter, Joe Panganiban and Joanna Pang Atkins, winners Sterling Tuma, Sarah Reggiardo, and Michael Chiaverini, and Managing Director Harriet Schlader.
Backstage after the presentation of the award, L to R, Joe Panganiban, Sarah Reggiardo, Joanna Pang Atkins, Sterling Tuma, Michael Chiaverini, and Harriet Schlader.