>Kat's Blog: things are heating up at AXIS ( in a good way)

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The temperature may have dropped in the Bay area but things are heating up at AXIS. There is only 2 weeks until the company premieres ODD at ODC Theater in San Francisco and 3 weeks until we come home to The Malonga Theater, Oakland!

Tickets are starting to pick up fast so make sure you reserve yours today at http://www.brownpapertickets.com for the Malonga show and http://www.odcdance.org for the ODC show. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing how the piece comes together and meeting an AXIS audience!

On my time out of the office I’ve been enjoying exploring the dance scene in the city and the bay. I’ve been taking regular Bhangra and Bollywood classes at the YWCA Berkeley, Irish Celeidh dancing at The Starry Plough pub (one of the only places I’ve found serving a pint of Blackthorn Cider from back home) and the occasional ballet, contemporary and jazz classes at Alonzo Lines and Shawl-Anderson Dance Centers. I’m yet to make it down to ODC but hope to go check out a class there in the near future. Still so many styles I want to take the chance to try- any recommendations? I was thinking maybe West African, Samba, or Ballroom? Or if anyone would like to be my partner at a Salsa night!?

I would love to get out and see dance performances around the city however ticket prices around here are quite high, definitely more pricey than at home, and I’m yet to find smaller scale shows that suit my budget- I know they’re out there so I’ll just keep searching…..

I turned 22 last week and spent a great day at Tilden State Park. I believe this is the first time I have ever sunbathed on my birthday and it was a real treat to go hiking and then swimming in Lake Anza. That, plus a weekend in wine country for The Revolution, made for great celebrations although my friends and family back home will know I was missing a good traditional cake!

I’m also looking forward to Halloween coming up at the end of the month. It isn’t a big deal in the UK so I’m waiting with anticipation for my chance to visit a pumpkin patch and start carving. What costume to wear-now that’s the question!

Looking forward to seeing you all at the show!