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Laurie Me

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Review for Axis Dance Company, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Performances, workshops, letters from young people disabled by injury or illness who've had their sense of possibility renewed

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the size of the Board

Would you volunteer for this group again?


For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?


Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes. I am more familiar and at ease with members of the disabled community. I also understand much better the many ways our environment still makes it difficult for physically challenged people to attend performances. We think of one or two wheelchairs, not 5 or 10 or 20. Come to an Axis performance and realize how hidden this population is because it's so difficult to be out and about...

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I was changed and I helped make a difference in the world.

Role:  Volunteer & Housed a dancer one season, Board Member 3 years, donor thank-a-thon.