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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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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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