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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.

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



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!


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.


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!


Rating: 5

Without any doubt, one of the most exhilirating dance companies of the New Age;that is Axis. They represent compassion, unconditional love and infectious enthusiasm): They had me at: "We'd like to work with you and further develop your potential". Its all it took for me to trust them to build a connection within my mind,body & soul