Dance with AXIS in 2017



Community Dance Jams - September 11th, October 16th
AXIS Dance Company Contemporary Ballet Workshop with Robert Dekkers -  September 8th, 15th, 22nd & October 6th, 13th, 20th

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.

Community Dance Jams

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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.

AXIS Dance Company Contemporary Ballet
Workshop with Robert Dekkers

11:30am - 1pm Fridays: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20
$60 for full workshop by 9/1 or $12 drop in per class
Malonga Casquelourd Center, Oakland, CA

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Join AXIS Dance Company members for a weekly integrated company dance class with Robert Dekkers in this unique six week offering. Teaching an intermediate/advanced level ballet class, Dekkers' class enthusiasts are invited to take advantage of this special East Bay offering to train alongside AXIS Dance Company members and other dancers from around the Bay Area. This workshop offering reflects the vision of newly appointed AXIS Dance Artistic Director Marc Brew to bring more dance training opportunities to downtown Oakland, where the company is in residence at the Malonga Center of the Arts. Don't miss out on this invigorating workshop experience- come move with us this fall and find your own personal expression of Dekkers' contemporary ballet class in an environment that is warm, welcoming, inspiring, and uplifting.

About Robert Dekkers:

Named “25 To Watch” by DANCE Magazine, Robert Dekkers is the Founder and Artistic Director of Post:Ballet, a modern ballet company based in San Francisco, and Artistic Director of Berkeley Ballet Theater. Robert aims to cultivate the complete dancer; integrating exceptional ballet technique, strong modern and contemporary sensibilities, a creative mind and an open heart, and a holistic body awareness into all of his classes, he is inspired to share his love of movement and passion for expression with all of the dancers he works with.

Robert dancing professionally with Ballet Arizona, ODC/Dance, Company C Contemporary Ballet, and Diablo Ballet. He was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award for “Outstanding Performance- Individual” for his 2012-13 season with Diablo Ballet, where he danced leading roles in works by choreographers including George Balanchine, José Límon, Val Caniparoli, KT Nelson, and Trey McIntyre. Robert has also performed leading roles in works by Twyla Tharp, August Bournonville, Maurice Causey, Lar Lubovitch, Dominic Walsh, Jodie Gates, Ib Andersen, and Julia Adam.

Robert’s company Post:Ballet was named “Best New Dance” of San Francisco by 7x7 Magazine and has been nominated for three Isadora Duncan Awards. The company has been featured at Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out Festival, SF International Arts Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, and more- presenting eclectic works together with artists specializing in film, visual art, animation, architecture, sculpture, fashion design, and new music.

Robert was Resident Choreographer for Novaballet from 2008-2009 and has been Resident Choreographer for Diablo Ballet since 2013. He has received commissions from Kansas City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Smuin Ballet, sjDANCEco, and Quixotic Cirque Nouveau. Robert regularly teaches company classes for LINES Ballet, Smuin Ballet, and ODC/Dance. In addition to his work as a teacher, choreographer, and director, Robert holds an Associates Degree in business from Rio Salado College.


All events at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts are accessible to those using mobility devices. Front entrance and second floor restroom doors have power operated doors with push and kick plates. Two elevators are available as well as a ramp from the elevators into our third floor studios. 

While AXIS provides ASL interpretation for select performances and education events, we do not regularly have ASL interpreters available for our in-studio classes. When possible we will work to provide ASL interpretation when requested. 

The Malonga Center is a City of Oakland building that includes artist residences as well as resident companies. We request that all people please NOT wear fragrance or scented products when attending AXIS Dance Company events. However we cannot control the use of cleaning products, scents, or common food allergens within the building. 

Mens and Womens restrooms are located on the second and third floors. Single stall/all-gender restrooms are available in the theater as well as on the second floor.

Our artistic staff encourages all individuals to share what you need in order to work with AXIS. You are welcome to share this information with our staff at the beginning of classes, or to contact us in advance. If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact us at (510) 625-0110 or at and we will do our best to accommodate you.