AXIS Dance Company
Summer Intensive & TEACHER TRAINING

July 29th- August 7th, 2019


Everyone that I’ve encountered is simply fabulous. I felt like I belonged and I
am a person that has gone through so much it matters to be included.
-2018 Summer Intensive Participant


Applications for next year will open in February 2020

July 29th- August 7th, 2019, 10am-5pm | Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St. Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94612

Now in its 14th year, AXIS Dance Company's annual summer intensive draws disabled and non-disabled dancers from around the world to engage, share and learn from one another in AXIS' home studios in Oakland, California. Over ten days, students will learn new skills in three different modules derived from the company’s working ethos and repertoire that will enhance and develop their own practice in improvisation, choreography and performance, and dance education. 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 will be taught by AXIS Company Dancers and led by internationally renowned choreographer and AXIS Dance Company's Artistic Director Marc Brew.


Summer Intensive Modules

The following 3 modules will be explored throughout the week and dance artists can register for 1, 2 or all 3 modules (discounts available for enrolling in multiple modules):

Module 1: Improvisation and Site Specific Work | July 29- July 31, 2019 10am-5pm

Artistic Director Marc Brew and AXIS Dancers will lead students daily through improvisation scores and structured improvisation to develop partnering and listening skills in a trusting and safe environment. Students will respond to different sites and locations as well as each other, learning how we can effect time and space through the choices we make as performers and the influences around us. 

Module 2: Choreography and Performance | August 1-3, 2019 10am-5pm

Each day, Choreography and Performance students will begin with a technique class learning material and dance sequences to develop technique, memory, coordination and movement qualities and dynamics. Students will use these skills to develop their own choreographic interests, investigate their own practice, and gain insight into the tasks and skills used to devise the work in the company’s current repertoire. The works created will be rehearsed and developed with a performance opportunity to present the work as part of a sharing for peers and friends of the AXIS Dance Company community. 

Module 3: Teacher Training for Dancers, Professionals & Educators | August 5-7, 2019 10am-5pm

Our teacher-training course is designed for teachers of dance and experienced artists interested in developing their teaching skills in leading integrated dance in an inclusive and supportive environment.  Drawing on AXIS Dance Company’s creative practice, expertise and methodology in teaching integrated dance, students will explore the following areas:

  • Open door policy - Removing any physical and emotional barriers that prevent people with disabilities from attending class

  • Universal language and communication

  • Exploring a variety of dance techniques, disciplines and approaches to teaching dance

  • Stripping away the myths of integrated dance for a realistic approach to teaching inclusivity

  • To challenge and be challenged - a mutual dialogue of respect between teacher and student

  • Body specificity - Working with different bodies to ensure all are challenged and learning

  • Develop useful tools and skills to put into practice

  • Ensuring best practice in integrated dance

  • Build teachers’ confidence and set up a teachers’ network for future support

  • Q&A time for discussion and feedback

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Tuition & Scholarships

One Module - $350
Two Modules - $675
Three Modules - $950

*limited half and full scholarships available

Deadlines & Application

Applications for next year will open in February 2020

Photo by David DeSilva

Photo by David DeSilva

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The Malonga Center has all-gender and wheelchair accessible restrooms.


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.


Although we cannot guarantee a completely scent free space, our goal is to make our events as fragrance-free as possible for the health and safety of performers, audience, staff, and volunteers with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). 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.

* Bathroom products at the Malonga will be fragrance-free


Do you know ways we can make our events more accessible? Are there accommodations you need to attend that we are not providing? We'd love to hear from you and will do our best to accommodate you. For access requests or questions please email us at or call (510) 625-0110

What Former Students are Saying

"The amount of awareness this brings to the small, subconscious prejudices I live in, around, and with outside of the dance studio is astounding. Now I'm looking for an apartment that is wheelchair accessible so that I can include all of my new friends in my life. I feel I was a bit asleep, and now, I am awake... or waking up. Always."

"Thank you for making one of my dreams come true when I thought it wouldn't be possible after becoming paralyzed, I truly appreciate it. I'm glad I was dedicated and coachable to your program, I've learned a lot and gained confidence and joy."

“I faced my fears and I overcame them. I stayed, even when I felt uncomfortable because I knew the outcome would be good for me. And it was.”

“Elaborating the theoretical material/options/scores together and implementing them right away afterwards, was very helpful. It's been a very good mix between theory and practice.”

“Witnessing other dancers/teachers model patience, care, risk and fun within the context of inclusive teaching and dancing was wonderful.”

“Not only is dance for 'every body', regarding disabled/nondisabled, but my body in the space is welcome to exist as is. I knew, and believed in my heart, that the 'molds' were mirages, but now I know there are places that embrace that.”

“I always say that I dance but not that I'm a dancer, but now I know that I am.”

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Marc Brew, Artistic Director

Acclaimed International choreographer Marc Brew trained as a professional dancer at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School. He has been working in the UK and Internationally for the past 19 years as a director, choreographer, dancer, teacher and speaker; with the Australian Ballet Company, State Theatre Ballet Company of South Africa, Infinity Dance Theatre, Candoco Dance Company and as Associate Director with Scottish Dance Theatre and Guest Artistic Director with AXIS Dance Company. Since 2008 Marc has been dedicating time to his own choreography with Marc Brew Company and is currently Associate Artistic Director with Ballet Cymru in Wales and was Associate Artist in 2015 at Tramway Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland where he is now based.  Recent choreographic commissions include Scottish Ballet, Ballet Cymru, AXIS Dance Company (USA), Candoco Dance Company (UK), Touch Compass (NZ), Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (USA), GDance, Scottish Dance Theatre, Greewnwich & Docklands International Festival and City of London Festival (UK). Marc was featured by Time Out Magazine as the best of the new breed of London’s Rising Dance Talent and was presented with a Centenary Medal for Outstanding Contribution as a dancer and choreographer. His work Remember When was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Performance (individual) and his recent solo work For Now, I am… was listed in the Guardian's Top 10 Dance Shows for 2016. More information


AXIS Dance Company

AXIS Dance Company exists to change the face of dance and disability through Artistry, Engagement and Advocacy. Founded in 1987, AXIS is the nation’s most acclaimed ensembles of performers with and without disabilities.  Based in Oakland, CA and in its 30th year AXIS’ list of collaborators includes Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Yvonne Rainer, Ann Carlson, David Dorfman, Marc Brew, Meredith Monk, Joan Jeanrenaud and Fred Frith. AXIS has toured to over 100 cities in US, Europe and Russia. The Company has received seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and has appeared twice on FOX TV's So You Think You Can Dance, exposing their important and relevant work of physically integrated dance to millions. Through education and outreach programs thousands of children and adults of all ages and abilities are inspired to dance each year. 

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