2,800 miles from home

post by Education Director Annika Nonhebel As Education Director one of my jobs is to schedule and organize different education and outreach activities when the company goes on tour. Together with the people that bring us to their theater we brainstorm ideas of activities and communities we can reach out to. Often all my work gets done before the dancers leave on tour and I'll hear later how things went. But once in a while I get the chance to go on tour with the dancers and meet the people in person I've been talking to on the phone and over email for so long.

Last Wednesday I joined the company in Harrisonburg, Virginia just in time to part take in the assembly we performed at Spring Stone Elementary. It was so fun to do our assembly program, which we normally do in the Bay Area, at a school 2,800 miles away from home.

The students were so excited to see a company from all the way from California! Here is a short video I took yesterday. If you listen closely you can hear the "wow's" and "aaahs" from the audience.

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We had such a blast and the feeling was mutual. This morning the principal sent me a short email:

"It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday and it was truly amazing seeing the AXIS dancers perform at our school. Everyone I have spoken with has raved about the performance and our students were mesmerized with the innovative dancing they observed. What a great experience this was for our school..thank you, thank you, thank you!"

I'm proud of our team and proud of the work AXIS does! Tonight we will be performing for a sold-out house. We will let you know how it goes.