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pictures by Gayle Roberts

This past Saturday I has the opportunity to dance with AXIS along with company dancers and community members. I hope that YOU made it to the performance! And if you want to see video or more photos by Gayle Roberts, check out our Facebook group page.

If you stopped by the Yerba Buena Gardens during the past few weeks you might have been surprised to stumble upon our talented group of movers, but it’s just AXIS rehearsing. Something you won’t find in a typical dancer’s bag- sunscreen! It was so much fun to dance in the warm sun by the magnificent waterfalls. It was a beautiful piece, choreographed by our own Sonsheree Giles. Just the atmosphere was wonderful and I immediately felt comfortable with this awesome, friendly group of dancers. We were all very close by the end, and shared some beautiful moments during the rehearsal/performance process.

It was quite an amazing experience! The choreography was structured improvisation or task-based movement. Many dance forms are codified where they have a set vocabulary of steps. In improvisation there is guidance, where a choreographer might give you instructions to move only right and left, then forward and back. However, they might not give you specific steps, but allow you to create your own movements.

It requires you to be present and listen to your body as well as the others dancing with you. This can mean greater freedom in self-expression within a unified group and turns differences between individuals into strengths. I think that this left more room for the piece to grow organically and for personal inspiration/creativity which made the piece so powerful and beautiful.