Dance with AXIS in 2017



Gaga for the People - June 5th
Community Dance Jams - August 7th, September 11th, October 16th
Summer Intensive & Teacher Training (Applications closed)

All classes take place at
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Studio E
1428 Alice St., Oakland, CA 94612

$12 per class; cash, card, and check accepted at the door, or register online below. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Gaga for the People with James Graham

In Gaga We Will

….open blocked passageways
….grow our senses and connect them to our pleasure
….be groovy
….connect to our strength and power
….learn how to work with any injuries
….become more aware of how we move and our habits

Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin/ Batsheva in Tel Aviv, Israel. Gaga movement classes are a guided movement experience of images, ideas, directions, and prompts. We move (however large or small) for the entire class adding layer upon layer. We will float our flesh, pull our bones, experience physical climaxes, challenge what we think are our limits, become aware of our habits and change them, and take pleasure moving and dancing in a welcoming studio. We work at our own volume, so whether you have never moved or move every day, you can connect to Gaga.

We allow no mirrors, and no observers.

All are welcome!

“We become more aware of our form. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities. We explore multi-dimensional movement; we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are ready to snap, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones. We go beyond our familiar limits. We can be calm and alert at once.” – Ohad Naharin

About James Graham

James Graham is a San Francisco based choreographer, performer, and teacher. James Graham Dance Theatre presents the work of James Graham while also curating the work of others, namely in Dance Lovers, his annual show of duets on Valentine’s day weekend. James Graham Dance Theatre has recently been presented at ODC Theatre, UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Playhouse, in the Daegu International Dance Festival in South Korea, The Nourse Theatre and Davies Symphony Hall (commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus), at the University of Calgary, Canada, Dominican University, National Queer Arts Festival, Kunst-Stoff Arts, Too Much! Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, Joe Goode Annex, The Ohio State University, and in the Golden Gate Park National A.I.D.S. Memorial Grove.

In 2017 he was received an IZZIE for Ensemble performance with Sebastian Grubb for their performance in JGDT’s “Homeroom.” In 2015 he received an IZZIE award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance for an Individual (for his Entire Season) and was nominated for an IZZIE for Outstanding Choreography (for “Guilty Survivor”).

In 2007, he first went to Israel to study Gaga, made possible by the Kathryn Karipides Scholarship in Modern Dance. Graham was chosen by Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company) to be a Certified Gaga Instructor and to take part in his pilot training program of international Gaga teachers. He has taught Gaga extensively on the West Coast, in the Midwest, as well as in Canada, South Korea, Germany, Sweden, Thailand, and Israel. He has been invited to teach at Oberlin College, Denison University, Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Reed College, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Ohio State University, California State University East Bay, College of Marin, Feverhead Studios in Granville, OH, Conduit Dance in Portland, OR, and at the SF Clown Conservatory.  He is currently on faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, Dominican University of California/LINES BFA Program, and Mills College, teaches workshops and masterclasses, as well as teaches open Gaga classes Tuesday evenings at the SF Conservatory of Dance.

Graham received an M.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University in 2010, focusing on performance, choreography, and video. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2005 with a B.A. in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. He currently performs with Joe Goode, Hope Mohr, and Lisa Wymore & Sheldon Smith.

Community Dance Jams

Our inclusive Jams are geared towards movers of all levels, experience and ability. This is a great way to connect and enjoy moving with the extended AXIS community in our accessible studio. An AXIS company member will lead you through instructions for the first 30min of the jam to give you a movement score/structure you are comfortable to explore individually or with others. Our Community Jams are a safe and respectful place for all to dance.

Jams will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. with a 30-minute jam instruction and introduction to the company’s physically integrated dance philosophies. Sourced in contact improvisation, the jams will cultivate mindful awareness and mutual exchange. Contact Improvisation is a physical investigation into gravity, momentum, and weight sharing solo or between two or more bodies. Dancers will move with constant attentiveness to their own bodies, impulses, and trajectories, while listening and responding authentically to their partners.

Wear comfortable clothing, yoga wear, sweats and comfy dance gear that you can move in. Folks typically go barefoot, however wear tennis shoes or dance shoes if you need them. Bring your water canister. To help make our events accessible to all people, please use fragrance free, non-toxic toiletries and cleaning products and other supplies, and avoid scented products whenever possible. However, please note that our building is shared by multiple organizations and that chemicals and scents may still be present throughout the building.

Summer Intensive & Teacher Training

Applications for Summer Intensive 2017 have closed. Click for more info, and check back in early 2018 for next year's application.

August 7-16, 2017, 10am-5pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice St., Oakland, CA 94612

Module 1: Improvisation and Site Specific Work | August 7-9, 2017
Module 2: Choreography and Performance | August 10-12, 2017
Module 3: Teacher Training for Dancers, Professionals & Educators | August 14-16 

Learn new skills in three different modules derived from the company’s working ethos and repertoire that will enhance and develop your own practice in improvisation, choreography and performance, and dance education.  Back by popular demand, our specialized 3-day teacher training provides professional dance teachers and experienced artists the chance to enhance their skills and working methods in inclusive dance and translation for dancers with physical disabilities. Modules taught by AXIS Company Dancers and led by Marc Brew, who returns to the Summer Intensive as AXIS Dance Company's Artistic Director.


We request that all people please NOT wear fragrance or scented products when attending AXIS Dance Company events.

AXIS Dance Company is working to create a space that is accessible to those with chemical and fragrance sensitivities. However, please note that we cannot control the use of cleaning products or scents by other organizations and individuals in our building. For more information, please contact us at