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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Dance

Mission: AXIS Dance Company’s mission is to create and perform high quality contemporary dance that is developed through the collaboration of dancers with and without disabilities. AXIS teaches dance and educates about collaboration and disability through community education and outreach programs. AXIS is committed to promoting and supporting this form of dance locally and abroad. Prepare to leave all your preconceptions at the door — AXIS Dance Company, one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities, will change the way you think about the possibilities of the human body forever. The Company is known for its high artistic and educational standards and for cutting edge collaborations with world-renowned choreographers and composers. AXIS’ contemporary work inspires audiences and broadens perceptions of dance and disability. Seeing this group of dancers perform groundbreaking works of movement art on stage is a thrilling experience not to be missed.

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: AXIS Dance Company's programs include a performance component and an outreach an education component, "Dance Access and Dance Access/KIDS!". AXIS is an ensemble of dancers with and without disabilities under the direction of Judith Smith. AXIS has performed in theaters and alternative spaces at its home base in the Bay Area and on tour throughout the US as well as in Germany and Siberia. AXIS offers audiences a unique experience in dance. Our current repertory includes new and signature works by AXIS choreographers, Joe Goode, Joanna Haigood, and Sonya Delwaide. Additionally, Bill T. Jones will set a new work on the company in 99/00. Projects for 00/01 include a multi media work with Stephen Petronio. To date, AXIS Dance Company has created over two dozen repertory works, two full length works and two works for young audiences. Our dance vocabulary involves stunning aerial work on a variety of apparatus; floorwork with risk and precision; dance theater that is humorous and quirky; and ensemble work that is richly textured and constantly unfolding. The company performs in a wide variety of venues ranging from proscenium theaters to alternative spaces and has created site specific work indoors and outdoors. Education and outreach are an integral part of AXIS Dance Company's work. AXIS believes that providing dance opportunities to all people regardless of background serves to enrich the community, to support AXIS' performance and touring activities, and to generate greater interest and participation in "integrated" dance, dance for people with and without disabilities. In keeping with our company's collaborative approach and philosophy, AXIS strives to keep both our teaching teams and our Dance Access classes comprised of people with and without physical disabilities. Our Dance Access outreach and education program includes ongoing classes for adults, children and youth; master classes and intensive teacher trainings; performance labs; lecture demonstration; residencies and pre- and post-performance Q & A's.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

The dancers in this company are wonderfully talented and committed. Yet the company has a history of high turnover in dancers and the even more unsettling truth that nearly every dancer that leaves the company leaves bitter. When people are devoting their lives to an art form that takes a toll on their bodies for very little money, it would be nice for them to be treated well and feel cared for while on the job.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have not had the privilege of viewing an AXIS performance live, but I have been awe inspired and struck by the physical & spiritual beauty their performances convey. The integration of different abilities brings focus to the strength of the individual and has inspired me to find my own inner strengths, for this I thank them! I look forward to the day I can experience their performance live.

Donor

Rating: 5

Axis Dance is an incredible Dance Company and community partner. Their performances are top notch mind altering experiences with fantastic dancing, choreography, music and theatrics. The organization is inclusive with their open workshops and children's programs.

Wolfworker

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AXIS is lovely and amazing! I have done videography for them over the past 15 years - and I am still constantly astonished and awed by the beauty and emotional energy of their work. They're performances are innovative, inspiring and exciting.They teach. They dance. They move. They ARE moving. If you have the chance to see them, do so - they do not disappoint!

Joana C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard of Axis, a few weeks before their last presence in dancing with the stars. I did my research and was in disbelieve of the amazing work of promoting integration through modern dance this group has made. This last weekend I had the amazing pleasure of seing them perform live, and I can tell you my expectations were swept, by an impressive and talented group of individuals. Keep up the good work.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been able to see AXIS perform since 2000. Each year they get better and better. AXIS has grown to be a "World Class" dance company able to attract top name choreographers to create new and exciting works. In addition, AXIS has a wonderful educational outreach program that has impacted the lives of children as well as adults in a very positive way. Each time I have seen AXIS perform I have been moved... Most of the guests I have brought have felt the same. AXIS is truly a remarkable organization of talented and hard working individuals. See AXIS Dance Company perform. You will not be disappointed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Axis dance is a triple "threat": world-class performance ensemble, empowering and mind-opening teachers in school assemblies and workshops, advocates for architectural accessibility for audiences and performers in theaters across the country. I first saw the company 15 years ago and was blown away. The interesting thing is that it's not a one-time revelation. The company shifts and changes as dancers come and go; it's a new lesson every time about capitalizing on the strengths one has to offer. And consistently the company touches something deep in each of us about vulnerability and trust, the human condition we all share. I housed a dancer, helped with performances and parties, served on the Board. It's a well-run organization doing amazing things. I feel lucky to be a part of it.

Teresa Greek

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AXIS is an Awesome Dance Company. I have viewed a lot of their videos & the strength & talent the dancers have is amaaazing. They are just great. I wish them all the best in their travels. Please help them to see the world. It must be kinda rough travelling the beautiful country in a wheel chair but AXIS ROCKS. Arohanui Teresa Greeks. From NZ. xxxxxx

DeirdreS

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the Board for AXIS in 2010 after volunteering my time as a marketing graphic designer for two years, creating brochures and other promotional materials for AXIS's Open Season shows. If I was intrigued by AXIS as a volunteer, I was utterly blown away by their masterful performance when I saw first saw them live. If you haven’t had an opportunity to catch one of their electric performances, you must see them: prepare to be transported by their artistry and athleticism. You won't be disappointed. AXIS also offers some pretty terrific community education programs for adults and children, "enrich[ing] communities by providing education on dance and disability regardless of social economic or physical differences."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been at AXIS for a month, am leaving in December and wish I could stay longer! The AXIS family are so welcoming to old and new friends and it is a privilege to be a part of their work this Fall. The company spend a lot of time engaging with the community including a wonderful event called Dance Access Day where around 800 community members young and not so young had the chance to see one of three free educational shows. The physically integrated dance company have no limitations when it comes to expanding the art of dance. The work is top quality and it is wonderful to see them touring across the country. To me AXIS are everything a non-profit should be- they give with graciousness and are creative, dynamic and fun!