Living & Learning

By Shira Leeder As I write this blog for the last time, I can’t believe how quickly time flies and it is nearly the end of my three-month internship at AXIS Dance Company.  Overall, my internship at AXIS has been a success and a good professional experience. I wanted to personally say thank you to the staff and the dancers of AXIS for giving me this opportunity to gain work experience, learn the ropes of running a dance company and see how the dancers perform a dance together as a team.  I hope to keep in touch with the staff and dance performers at AXIS and continue to dance in AXIS’s dance classes in hopes of fulfilling another dream of mine, which is to be in a performance with the AXIS dancers.

As I mentioned in my last blog, one of my continued dreams is winning the Ms. Wheelchair California Pageant.  This month I did run for it, missed the title of Ms. Wheelchair California by 1 point, and received the title of the 1st runner up!  The Ms. Wheelchair California Pageant was located inside the Abilities Expo at the LA convention center to represent, be a spokesperson, and advocate for all people with disabilities throughout the State of California regarding disability awareness and crucial social justice issues of our modern times.  Participating in the pageant was both challenging and exciting. Four of us competed against each other and we were all incredibly accomplished, decorated women. We each presented three speeches in front of audience who judged us. Hopefully, next year, I will win the crown and be more prepared. In the meantime, I’ll be pursuing various internship and job opportunities like the AXIS internship while advocating for disability rights and awareness within the disability community.

Above all, it is my absolute pleasure to work at AXIS doing various admin tasks / programs and exploring the streets of Oakland when rolling to and from the office on Alice street. Life can be both interesting and a learning experience at the same time.