Axis Dance Company
Rating: 4.73 stars 11 reviews
Issues: Arts & Culture
Location: 1428 Alice St #200 Oakland CA 94612 USA
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.
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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."
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Experiencing for myself and seeing the awe on the faces of my school-aged kids seeing AXIS perform.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Allow more people to know about them and support them.