Jul
1
1:00 pm13:00

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
San Francisco, CA 

AXIS Dance Company kicks off our 30th Anniversary Season, collaborating with choreographer Stephan Koplowitz and composer Pamela Z on a site-specific work featuring a 20-member ensemble cast. 

More info coming soon...

Jul
2
1:00 pm13:00

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
San Francisco, CA 

AXIS Dance Company kicks off our 30th Anniversary Season, collaborating with choreographer Stephan Koplowitz and composer Pamela Z on a site-specific work featuring a 20-member ensemble cast. 

More info coming soon...

Aug
7
Aug 16

Integrated Summer Intensive & Teacher Training

Led by AXIS' Artistic Director Marc Brew & Company Dancers

August 7th-16th, Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street, 3rd Floor, Oakland, CA

"this is the beginning of something immense, truly powerful ... which enhances our existence and shines a light on the beautiful differences with which we were all built" — 2016 Summer Intensive Student

Back by popular demand, 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 taught by AXIS Company Dancers and led by Marc Brew, who returns to the Summer Intensive as AXIS Dance Company's newly-appointed Artistic Director.

The following three 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 & Site Specific Work, August 7-9th
Module 2: Choreography & Performance, August 10-12th
Module 3: Teacher Training for Dancers, Professionals, and Educators, August 14-16th

Register here before our May 5th Deadline

Oct
26
7:00 pm19:00

Onward and Upward - AXIS Celebrates 30 Years

Onward and Upward - AXIS Celebrates 30 Years

Marc Brew creates the highlight of our 30th Anniversary in his first work as AXIS Artistic Director. This new work for AXIS will be in collaboration with Oakland based JooWan Kim’s Hip Hop Orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj. Also on the program is a restaging of Amy Seiwert’s The Reflective Surface featuring original composition by Darren Johnston. 

More info coming soon...

Oct
27
7:00 pm19:00

Onward and Upward - AXIS Celebrates 30 Years

Onward and Upward - AXIS Celebrates 30 Years

Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice St., Oakland, CA 94612

Marc Brew creates the highlight of our 30th Anniversary in his first work as AXIS Artistic Director. This new work for AXIS will be in collaboration with Oakland based JooWan Kim’s Hip Hop Orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj. Also on the program is a restaging of Amy Seiwert’s The Reflective Surface featuring original composition by Darren Johnston. 

More info coming soon...

Oct
28
7:00 pm19:00

Onward and Upward - AXIS Celebrates 30 Years

Onward and Upward - AXIS Celebrates 30 Years

Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice St., Oakland, CA 94612

Marc Brew creates the highlight of our 30th Anniversary in his first work as AXIS Artistic Director. This new work for AXIS will be in collaboration with Oakland based JooWan Kim’s Hip Hop Orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj. Also on the program is a restaging of Amy Seiwert’s The Reflective Surface featuring original composition by Darren Johnston. 

More info coming soon...

Oct
29
7:00 pm19:00

Onward and Upward - AXIS Celebrates 30 Years

Onward and Upward - AXIS Celebrates 30 Years

Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice St., Oakland, CA 94612

Marc Brew creates the highlight of our 30th Anniversary in his first work as AXIS Artistic Director. This new work for AXIS will be in collaboration with Oakland based JooWan Kim’s Hip Hop Orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj. Also on the program is a restaging of Amy Seiwert’s The Reflective Surface featuring original composition by Darren Johnston. 

More info coming soon...


Mar
18
8:00 pm20:00

Performance at Boston University's Dance Theater

Boston University’s Dance Theater 
Full Evening Performance

The BU Arts Initiative, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The BU Dance Program, and BU Disability Services are pleased to host AXIS Dance Company for a residency culminating in a full evening performance at Boston University's Dance Theater. Learn more

Mar
16
7:00 pm19:00

Physically Integrated Dance at BU (sold out)

Thursday March 16, 2017,  FitRec L240, Boston University, 7pm-8:30pm

As part of our residency at Boston University, AXIS presents a workshop on the fundamentals of physically integrated dance, some dance experience required.

 

Mar
15
11:00 am11:00

Redefining Dance & Disability at BU

Wednesday March 15, 2017, Boston University School of Medicine: Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street 14th Floor Boston, MA, 11am-12:30pm

AXIS invites  you to join us on the BU Medical Campus for a lecture demonstration titled Redefining Dance & Disability. During this hour long program, AXIS dancers will show excerpts of current material and give information on company history as well as on personal dance and disability history. The session will conclude with a Q&A session.

register here

Mar
13
1:00 pm13:00

Performing Arts and Disability: Leadership, Inclusion, and Training Symposium at BU

Monday March 13th, 2017 at Boston University Hillel, 213 Bay State Road, Boston, MA, 1pm-5:30pm

As part of AXIS' residency at Boston University, we are pleased to convene with regional arts leaders and artists at this symposium which will include a panel discussion, break out sessions, and a closing reception. This will be a time for us to collectively explore issues, resources, advocacy, progress, and next steps in advancing disability inclusion in the performing arts. The panel discussion and breakout wrap up will be live-streamed by symposium co-sponsor HowlRound.

For more information and to RSVP for the Symposium click here

Mar
11
10:30 am10:30

Dance Composition Workshop with the Dance Complex, Cambridge

Saturday March 11, 2017 at Harvard Dance Center, 60 Garden Street Cambridge, MA
10:30am – 12:30pm

The Dance Complex presents, in partnership with the Massachusetts Dance Education Organization & in association with Boston Dance Alliance, two events geared towards professionally-minded artists and educators with AXIS Dance Company. This workshop will be hosted by the Harvard Dance Center.

AXIS Artistic Director/choreographer Marc Brew and AXIS Dancers will share the creative tools, improvisation scores and exercises the company draws on to create dance composition for disabled and non-disabled dancers. The company draws from a rich history of the last 30 years and the numerous choreographers the company has had the pleasure to collaborate with including Bill T. Jones, Stephan Petronio and Meredith Monk, to name a few. Aspects of dance choreography will include the compositional use of organic unity, rhythmic or non-rhythmic articulation, theme and variation, and repetition. The choreographic process will employ improvisation for the purpose of developing innovative movement ideas. Students will also learn material from existing AXIS repertoire. This workshop is intended for dancers with and without disabilities who have at least an intermediate level of dance training.

Mar
10
5:00 pm17:00

Teacher Training at the Dance Complex, Cambridge

AXIS Teacher Training in Physically Integrated Dance - The Fundamentals
Friday March 10, 2017 at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA
5:00 – 8:00pm followed by an informal social until 9:00 pm

AXIS Dance Company offers this exciting, movement-based workshop for current and aspiring teachers and faculty working with diverse populations, with the goal of introducing inclusive dance practices and sensitivity. The session includes learning and experiencing participatory exercises and activities for use in classrooms as well as discussion about disability, language, and the development of AXIS' extraordinary inclusive community education program.

Mar
8
5:00 pm17:00

Teacher Training at Gibney in NYC

AXIS Dance Company Teacher Training in Physically Integrated Dance - The Fundamentals
Wed, March 8th 5-8 pm

Location:  Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at 280 Broadway, New York, New York
Fees TBD

AXIS Dance Company offers this exciting, movement-based workshop geared toward teachers and faculty working with diverse populations, with the goal of introducing inclusive dance practices and sensitivity. The session includes learning and experiencing participatory exercises and activities for use in classrooms as well as discussion about disability, language, and the development of AXIS' extraordinary inclusive community education program.

Mar
6
Mar 8

Dance4All: Intensive with AXIS Dance Company at Gibney Dance

Mon-Wed, March 6-8th, 10-4 pm
Location:  Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at 280 Broadway

AXIS & Gibney Dance present Dance4All: AXIS's first ever three day intensive on the East Coast

Join AXIS Dance company for an intense, fun and explorative adventure in dance and disability where all people interested in contemporary dance are welcome to join us. Drawing on AXIS Dance Company's 29 years in leading the field of Physically Integrated dance with AXIS Artistic Director Marc Brew and company dancers we will share with you an interment journey of discovery into the working practices and methods of the company. You will develop skills in physically integrated dance through the use of inclusive language, improvisation, partnering work, translation, learning existing repertoire and developing choreographic ideas and tasks to share with fellow artists. AXIS' first East Coast Intensive is not to be missed!


AXIS is thrilled to continue its partnership with Gibney Dance in NYC that was launched last May when they hosted our National Convening.  This March, Gibney will be host AXIS' first ever three day intensive in NYC at their Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center.  While in town, AXIS will also offer a three hour teacher training for teaching artists interested in integrated inclusive practices into their classrooms.  

Mar
4
8:00 pm20:00

Our Configurations: A Performance at Gibney Dance Center, NYC

Our Configurations: 
Performance at Gibney Dance Center, NYC

Featuring works by disabled and non-disabled artists and companies:
AXIS Dance Company, Marc Brew, Kinetic Light, and Marissa Perel

March 4 at 8:00 pm
Post-Show Discussion Moderated by Hentyle Yapp
The Theater at Gibney Dance 280 Broadway

 

AXIS Dance Company: Dix minutes plus tard
Marc Brew: Remember When

AXIS Artistic Director Marc Brew presents Remember When, a work which draws upon exposure, peeling away layers, line and extension, intricate folding, and placement and replacement. This intimate solo performances opens a conversation of remembrance, looking from past to present. AXIS Dance Company also presents Sonya Delwaide’s Dix minutes plus tard, performed by company members Julie Crothers and Alivia Schaffer.

 

Accessibility Features

Gibney Dance Center at 280 Broadway is accessible via elevator from the 280 Broadway entrance. Please note that this is a shared entrance with the New York City Department of Buildings and attendees will be required to provide a valid photo ID and go through building security, including a metal detector. Gibney Dance staff will be present at the entrance to assist with directions.

FOR TICKETS PLEASE VISIT: https://gibneydance.org/performance/making-space-winter-2017/our-configurations/

Mar
1
8:00 pm20:00

Informal Performance & Discussion of to go again

AXIS Dance Company Spring 2017 Tour

Informal Performance and Discussion of to go again 
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

General Admission seating, $6-$10 - Learn more

to go again
Choreography by Joe Goode
Music composition by Ben Juodvalkis
Lighting design by Jack Carpenter

AXIS teams up with choreographer Joe Goode to create “to go again”, a new dance theater work that brings to light issues facing our nation’s veterans and addresses their resilience following severe life changes.

Feb
13
6:00 pm18:00

Community Dance Jam

  • Monday, February 13th, 2016
  • 6:00pm  8:00pm
  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Studio E

Join AXIS Dance Company in Studio E at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts for monthly dance jams!

These jams are open to the public, and create an informal space to which dancers of all types and backgrounds are invited to explore their bodies in a kinesthetic relationship to others.

$12 single drop in
$60 for all jams for the year (pre-paid online only)

Pay via our website, or drop in with cash, check or card.
No one turned away due to lack of funds.

For more information please visit: http://www.axisdance.org/2017-classes#jams

Feb
4
10:00 am10:00

Auditions for Site-Specific Project by Stephan Koplowitz

AXIS Dance Company seeks dancers with and without disabilities for a site-specific work at Yerba Buena Gardens, directed and choreographed by Stephan Koplowitz, with an original score by Pamela Z.

Performances: July 1 & 2, 2017 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in San Francisco

Auditions: Saturday, February 4, 2017- 10am-1 pm
Callbacks: Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 2-6 pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street, Oakland - Studio A

Looking to hire Core and Ensemble dancers with and without disabilities with an advanced level of experience.
All positions paid. RSVP at www.axisdance.org/site-specific-auditions

Paid Rehearsals : 
March 25-31 in Oakland & San Francisco  (Core Company)
May 15-21 & June 12-30 in Oakland & San Francisco (Core Company & Ensemble)
Performances July 1-2 in San Francisco (Core Company & Ensemble)
Daytime rehearsals from 10am-6pm. Dancers must be available for all rehearsals.

This site-based performance work, inspired by the history, design and architecture of the Yerba Buena Gardens, will draw on the unique movement vocabularies of AXIS Dance Company and ensemble cast members. It will mine the intersection of the history of the gardens along with the present day use of the site in an increasingly developed urban area. This is a promenade performance of distinct chapters tied to specific locations on site, creating an immersive and expansive experience for audience members.

Stephan Koplowitz  is an award winning director/choreographer/media artist known for his work on stage, film and site. His site work aims to alter people's perspectives of place, site, and scale, all infused with a sense of the human condition and is concerned with the intersection of natural, social and cultural ecologies within urban and natural environments. Since 1984 he has created 87 works and has been awarded 60 commissions performed in the US, Europe and Asia. He is the recipient of an Alpert Award in the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bessie Award for "Sustained Achievement" in Choreography and six NEA Choreography Fellowships (1988-97). Recent works include commissions from the Bates Dance Festival, La Mama Umbria International, The Ohio State University, Trolley Dances, San Diego, to name a few. In August, 2017, he will premiere a multi-media site based performance work for over 50 performers in an historic mill factory as part of the Bates Dance Festival's 35th anniversary. In May, 2018, he will premier one of his largest site based projects to date, premiering performances throughout the town of Northfield, Minnesota and commissioned by St. Olaf and Carlton Colleges. The work will incorporate hundreds of performers in dance, theater, music and media arts. After living in New York City for 23 years, Koplowitz, in 2016, was appointed dean and faculty of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts and served in that capacity for ten years until 2016. Koplowitz received a BA in Music Composition from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Choreography from the University of Utah, both institutions have named him as a Distinguished Alumni.

Jan
23
6:00 pm18:00

Community Dance Jam

  • Monday, January 23 (Date TBD), 2016
  • 6:00pm  8:00pm
  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Studio E

Join AXIS Dance Company in Studio E at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts for monthly dance jams!

These jams are open to the public, and create an informal space to which dancers of all types and backgrounds are invited to explore their bodies in a kinesthetic relationship to others.

$12 per class

Pay via our website, or drop in with cash, check or card.
No one turned away due to lack of funds.

For more information please visit: http://www.axisdance.org/2017-classes#jams

Jan
19
1:00 pm13:00

The Body as Site - Stephan Koplowitz Master Class

Stephan Koplowitz, critically acclaimed choreographer/director

The Body as Site Masterclass

Thursday, January 19th, 1-4 pm
Co-presented with Shawl-Anderson Dance Center held at the Malonga Center

This workshop is a great intro to Stephan Koplowitz’s choreographic approach and a great feeler for dancers interested in auditioning for AXIS’ ensemble cast work with Stephan Koplowitz.  

Auditions:  Sat, Feb. 4th. Performances:  July 1 & 2, 2017 For more information on auditions, visit www.axisdance.org/site-specific-auditions

Jan
13
10:00 am10:00

Professional Company Class with AXIS Dance Company - taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga

Friday, January 13
Form no Form, taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga
10-11:30 am
$5/class - pay online with card, or cash at the door
Malonga Center, Studio E
1428 Alice St, Oakland, CA 94612

AXIS launches 2017 with professional company class daily at the Malonga Center in downtown Oakland.  Advanced level dancers interested in working in an integrated setting are invited to join us for this limited time offer.  Sign up

Form no Form

Through the repetition of form, we train our bodies to achieve balance, internal and external connectivity and precision. In this workshop, various proposals and exercises are presented that both establish and disrupt physical form to engage the principles that lay underneath our practice. We work rigorously to disrupt and embrace habits. Physical puzzles, deep listening and engaged physical conversations promote attentive listening.

As Artistic Director of the San Francisco-based performance company inkBoat, founded in 1998, Shinichi Iova-Koga creates creating opportunities for collaboration and information exchange.  The company has toured in North America, Europe, South Korea and Japan, often collaborating with local artists in museums, theaters, studios and site specific locations.  His consistent mentors include Anna Halprin (Dance Maker), Ruth Zaporah (Action Theater), Masayuki Koga (Shakuhachi), Ralph Lemon (Dance Maker), Jan Nevelius (Aikido), David Wei (Qi Gong) and Damo Mitchell (Nei Gong).  In the 1990’s, his training and regular performances with Hiroko Tamano and Yumiko Yoshioka left the distinct mark of Butoh Dance upon him.

Under Shinichi’s direction, inkBoat has received 5 Isadora Duncan “Izzie” awards, 3 National Endowment for the Arts grants, 3 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Andrew, W. Mellon Foundation’s MAP fund grants and many others.  Shinichi was named one of the “25 to watch” in 2008 by Dance Magazine and awarded a “Goldie” by the SF Bay Guardian in 2007.

Shinichi directed “Odd,” a collaboration between AXIS Dance Company and inkBoat and has co-directed works with Anna Halprin, Ko Murobushi, Sten Rudstrøm, Yuko Kaseki, Takuya Ishide and KT Nelson (ODC).

Shinichi is a certified teacher of Action Theater.  His current interest and practice includes Qi Gong, Aikido, Noguchi Taiso, Noh Theater and Shakuhachi.  

In 2007, he and his wife Dana Iova-Koga built and founded the dance studio inkGround in Northern California, running an annual summer workshop, “Dance on Land,” that explores the relationship of wild nature with dance, utilizing the surrounding forests, rivers and ocean-side as new media for the life/dance investigation.  

Shinichi is the co-author of the book “95 Rituals” and has been teaching dance composition at Mills College since 2009.

 

Jan
12
10:00 am10:00

Professional Company Class with AXIS Dancers - taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga

Thursday, January 12
Form no Form, taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga
10-11:30 am
$5/class - pay online with card, or cash at the door
Malonga Center, Studio E
1428 Alice St, Oakland, CA 94612

AXIS launches 2017 with professional company class daily at the Malonga Center in downtown Oakland.  Advanced level dancers interested in working in an integrated setting are invited to join us for this limited time offer.  Sign up

Form no Form

Through the repetition of form, we train our bodies to achieve balance, internal and external connectivity and precision. In this workshop, various proposals and exercises are presented that both establish and disrupt physical form to engage the principles that lay underneath our practice. We work rigorously to disrupt and embrace habits. Physical puzzles, deep listening and engaged physical conversations promote attentive listening.

As Artistic Director of the San Francisco-based performance company inkBoat, founded in 1998, Shinichi Iova-Koga creates creating opportunities for collaboration and information exchange.  The company has toured in North America, Europe, South Korea and Japan, often collaborating with local artists in museums, theaters, studios and site specific locations.  His consistent mentors include Anna Halprin (Dance Maker), Ruth Zaporah (Action Theater), Masayuki Koga (Shakuhachi), Ralph Lemon (Dance Maker), Jan Nevelius (Aikido), David Wei (Qi Gong) and Damo Mitchell (Nei Gong).  In the 1990’s, his training and regular performances with Hiroko Tamano and Yumiko Yoshioka left the distinct mark of Butoh Dance upon him.

Under Shinichi’s direction, inkBoat has received 5 Isadora Duncan “Izzie” awards, 3 National Endowment for the Arts grants, 3 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Andrew, W. Mellon Foundation’s MAP fund grants and many others.  Shinichi was named one of the “25 to watch” in 2008 by Dance Magazine and awarded a “Goldie” by the SF Bay Guardian in 2007.

Shinichi directed “Odd,” a collaboration between AXIS Dance Company and inkBoat and has co-directed works with Anna Halprin, Ko Murobushi, Sten Rudstrøm, Yuko Kaseki, Takuya Ishide and KT Nelson (ODC).

Shinichi is a certified teacher of Action Theater.  His current interest and practice includes Qi Gong, Aikido, Noguchi Taiso, Noh Theater and Shakuhachi.  

In 2007, he and his wife Dana Iova-Koga built and founded the dance studio inkGround in Northern California, running an annual summer workshop, “Dance on Land,” that explores the relationship of wild nature with dance, utilizing the surrounding forests, rivers and ocean-side as new media for the life/dance investigation.  

Shinichi is the co-author of the book “95 Rituals” and has been teaching dance composition at Mills College since 2009.

 

Jan
11
10:00 am10:00

Professional Company Class with AXIS Dance Company - taught by Christian Burns

Wednesday, January 11
Improvisation, taught by Christian Burns
10-11:30 am
$5/class - pay online with card, or cash at the door
Malonga Center, Studio E
1428 Alice St, Oakland, CA 94612

AXIS launches 2017 with professional company class daily at the Malonga Center in downtown Oakland.  Advanced level dancers interested in working in an integrated setting are invited to join us for this limited time offer.  Sign up

Christian Burns is a director, choreographer, performer and educator. His choreographic platform burnsWORK (SF, CA) serves as a framework for training and performance projects relating to the intersection of improvisation, choreography and performance practice.

Burns began teaching when he was sixteen years old and has been a full time educator for over fifteen years. He is a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and LINES Ballet Training Program and an Adjunct Instructor for Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University. Burns teaches ballet technique, improvisation and composition.

Burns has been commissioned by several educational programs such as Stanford University, University of San Francisco, Mt. Holyoke College, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, The Laban Center in London, Interlochen Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and LINES Ballet Training Program and BFA program.

Between 2003 – 2008 Burns co-taught (with esteemed improviser Kirstie Simson) over sixty Contact Improvisation and Performance Improvisation workshops for independent studios, colleges and cultural institutions throughout North America, Europe and Taiwan.

His choreographic work has been presented in the San Francisco Bay Area’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC Theater, Counter Pulse, The Garage, Headlands Center for the Arts, Z Space Theater and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. As well, in Minneapolis, New York City, Ann Arbor, Santa Fe, Western Massachusetts, as well as Germany, France, United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Taiwan.

Burns is a recipient of the Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME, as a mentor), Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship for Choreography, the National Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, the Paula Citron Award for Choreography for Camera (from the Moving Pictures Festival in Toronto), McKnight Artist Fellowship. Christian is a contributing author for When Men Dance, Choreographing Masculinities Across Borders, Edited by Jennifer Fisher and Anthony Shay, Oxford University Press 2009 and has self published Motion and Process: knowing not knowing, ideas on dance 2006-08.

Burns was a guest artist with The Forsythe Company and a company member of Alonzo Kings LINES Ballet and James Sewell Ballet. He has performed with internationally acclaimed improvisers; Kirstie Simson, Chris Aiken, Ray Chung, Michael Schumacher and Katie Duck among others. Burns completed his formal training at The School of American Ballet.

 

Jan
10
10:00 am10:00

Professional Company Class with AXIS Dancers - taught by Christian Burns

Tuesday, January 10
Improvisation, taught by Christian Burns
10-11:30 am
$5/class - pay online with card, or cash at the door
Malonga Center, Studio E
1428 Alice St, Oakland, CA 94612

AXIS launches 2017 with professional company class daily at the Malonga Center in downtown Oakland.  Advanced level dancers interested in working in an integrated setting are invited to join us for this limited time offer.  Sign up

Christian Burns is a director, choreographer, performer and educator. His choreographic platform burnsWORK (SF, CA) serves as a framework for training and performance projects relating to the intersection of improvisation, choreography and performance practice.

Burns began teaching when he was sixteen years old and has been a full time educator for over fifteen years. He is a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and LINES Ballet Training Program and an Adjunct Instructor for Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University. Burns teaches ballet technique, improvisation and composition.

Burns has been commissioned by several educational programs such as Stanford University, University of San Francisco, Mt. Holyoke College, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, The Laban Center in London, Interlochen Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and LINES Ballet Training Program and BFA program.

Between 2003 – 2008 Burns co-taught (with esteemed improviser Kirstie Simson) over sixty Contact Improvisation and Performance Improvisation workshops for independent studios, colleges and cultural institutions throughout North America, Europe and Taiwan.

His choreographic work has been presented in the San Francisco Bay Area’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC Theater, Counter Pulse, The Garage, Headlands Center for the Arts, Z Space Theater and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. As well, in Minneapolis, New York City, Ann Arbor, Santa Fe, Western Massachusetts, as well as Germany, France, United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Taiwan.

Burns is a recipient of the Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME, as a mentor), Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship for Choreography, the National Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, the Paula Citron Award for Choreography for Camera (from the Moving Pictures Festival in Toronto), McKnight Artist Fellowship. Christian is a contributing author for When Men Dance, Choreographing Masculinities Across Borders, Edited by Jennifer Fisher and Anthony Shay, Oxford University Press 2009 and has self published Motion and Process: knowing not knowing, ideas on dance 2006-08.

Burns was a guest artist with The Forsythe Company and a company member of Alonzo Kings LINES Ballet and James Sewell Ballet. He has performed with internationally acclaimed improvisers; Kirstie Simson, Chris Aiken, Ray Chung, Michael Schumacher and Katie Duck among others. Burns completed his formal training at The School of American Ballet.

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AXIS launches 2017 with professional company class daily at the Malonga Center in downtown Oakland.  Advanced level dancers interested in working in an integrated setting are invited to join us for this limited time offer.  Sign up

Jan
9
10:00 am10:00

Professional Company Class with AXIS Dancers - taught by Johnny Lopez

Monday, January 9
Turf, taught by Johnny Lopez
10-11:30 am
$5/class - pay online with card, or cash at the door
Malonga Center, Studio E
1428 Alice St, Oakland, CA 94612

AXIS launches 2017 with professional company class daily at the Malonga Center in downtown Oakland.  Advanced level dancers interested in working in an integrated setting are invited to join us for this limited time offer.  Sign up

Johnny A. Lopez, aka Johnny5
Professional Instructor and Performer in the art of Turf dancing

Johnny's exciting yet mesmerizing, introspective turf "street ballet" dance interpretations along with his encouraging demeanor with his students and audiences allow him to challenge the status quo. Years of experience in dance instruction as well as coordinating dance battles/shows and performing for a variety of different crowds and artists, make him a poised and well-rounded dancer and instructor.

Jan
6
10:00 am10:00

Professional Company Class with AXIS Dancers - taught by Sonya Delwaide

Friday, January 6
Ballet/Contemporary, taught by Sonya Delwaide
10-11:30 am
$5/class - pay online with card, or cash at the door
Malonga Center, Studio E
1428 Alice St, Oakland, CA 94612

AXIS launches 2017 with professional company class daily at the Malonga Center in downtown Oakland.  Advanced level dancers interested in working in an integrated setting are invited to join us for this limited time offer.  Sign up

Sonya Delwaide, a native from Quebec, is a choreographer, teacher and performer whose reputation has flourished within the United States and Canada for more than three decades. She has created more than 80 pieces on companies such as Ballet Austin, Diablo Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Ottawa Ballet, L’Ecole Supérieure des Grands Ballets Canadiens, Hubbard Street 2, AXIS Dance Company, Berkeley Ballet Theater and Compagnie de Danse L’Astragale, for whom she was the artistic director from 1992 to 1999. Ms. Delwaide has received awards from the Canada Council, the Quebec and Ontario Arts’ Councils, the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Gerbode Foundation and the Irvine Foundation. She has been profiled in San Francisco Magazine, received two Isadora Duncan Awards and a Bay Area Goldie Award. She was named in the 2001 Top 10 list from the San Francisco Chronicle and in the Dance Magazine’s Top 25 people to watch in 2002, and was given a Sarlo Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ms. Delwaide was a winner in the 2006 New American Choreographic Talent organized byBallet Austin and the 2000 winner of Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition. Her work expands from television and film to various theater companies throughout Canada and the US. She is currently Professor of Dance at Mills College in Oakland, California.

 

Jan
5
10:00 am10:00

Professional Company Class With AXIS Dancers - taught by Sebastian Grubb

Thursday, January 5
Internal Geographies, taught by Sebastian Grubb
10-11:30 am
$5/class - pay online with card, or cash at the door
Malonga Center, Studio E
1428 Alice St, Oakland, CA 94612

AXIS launches 2017 with professional company class daily at the Malonga Center in downtown Oakland.  Advanced level dancers interested in working in an integrated setting are invited to join us for this limited time offer.  Sign up

Internal Geographies: biomechanics and somatics for dancers

In this class we will ground in functional anatomy and internal sensation to find healthy, enlivening dances.

Sebastian Grubb is an award-winning fitness trainer and dance artist in San Francisco. He performed and taught with AXIS Dance Company for 6 years, creating dance classes and experiences that are accessible to everyone with and without physical disabilities. Sebastian now focuses his dance teaching on healthy parameters for contemporary and improvisational forms. He has been a certified Axis Syllabus teacher since 2011 and teaches every Wednesday in Berkeley. www.sebastiangrubb.com

 

Jan
4
10:00 am10:00

Professional Company Class with AXIS Dancers - taught by Sonya Delwaide

Wednesday, January 4
Ballet/Contemporary, taught by Sonya Delwaide
10-11:30 am
$5/class - pay online with card, or cash at the door
Malonga Center, Studio E
1428 Alice St, Oakland, CA 94612

AXIS launches 2017 with professional company class daily at the Malonga Center in downtown Oakland.  Advanced level dancers interested in working in an integrated setting are invited to join us for this limited time offer.  Sign up

Sonya Delwaide, a native from Quebec, is a choreographer, teacher and performer whose reputation has flourished within the United States and Canada for more than three decades. She has created more than 80 pieces on companies such as Ballet Austin, Diablo Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Ottawa Ballet, L’Ecole Supérieure des Grands Ballets Canadiens, Hubbard Street 2, AXIS Dance Company, Berkeley Ballet Theater and Compagnie de Danse L’Astragale, for whom she was the artistic director from 1992 to 1999. Ms. Delwaide has received awards from the Canada Council, the Quebec and Ontario Arts’ Councils, the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Gerbode Foundation and the Irvine Foundation. She has been profiled in San Francisco Magazine, received two Isadora Duncan Awards and a Bay Area Goldie Award. She was named in the 2001 Top 10 list from the San Francisco Chronicle and in the Dance Magazine’s Top 25 people to watch in 2002, and was given a Sarlo Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ms. Delwaide was a winner in the 2006 New American Choreographic Talent organized byBallet Austin and the 2000 winner of Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition. Her work expands from television and film to various theater companies throughout Canada and the US. She is currently Professor of Dance at Mills College in Oakland, California.

 

Jan
3
10:00 am10:00

Professional Company Class with AXIS Dancers - taught by Randee Paufve

Tuesday, January 3
Modern, taught by Randee Paufve
10-11:30 am
$5/class - pay online with card, or cash at the door
Malonga Center, Studio E
1428 Alice St, Oakland, CA 94612

AXIS launches 2017 with professional company class daily at the Malonga Center in downtown Oakland.  Advanced level dancers interested in working in an integrated setting are invited to join us for this limited time offer.  Sign up

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Originally from upstate New York, Randee Paufve is a choreographer, performer and dance educator, and the artistic director of Paufve | dance.  Randee received the 2015 Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Individual Performance for her acclaimed show Soil, and was named a 2016 TBA choreography finalist for her 2016 work with Cutting Ball Theater.  Randee and Paufve | dance have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and in 2013 Randee was awarded the first Della Davidson Prize. Randee holds a BA in Cross-Cultural Performing Arts. She spent a year studying dance and language in India, and earned a MA in Dance Choreography and Performance from SUNY Brockport and a MFA from the UC Davis. A popular West Coast educator, Randee has taught workshops and master classes in the Bay Area and Portland, and has served on the dance faculties of UC Davis, Reed College, Lewis & Clark College, USF, CSUEB and CSU Sacramento. Randee currently teaches at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, St. Mary's College of California, and Marin Academy.

Nov
18
8:00 pm20:00

AXIS Performance for Flynn Center Performing Arts (Burlington, VT)

“Audiences unaccustomed to seeing such inventive movement generated from what could be considered limitation may find themselves re-evaluating their own ideas of artistic perfection.” —Chicago Tribune

AXIS returns for its third visit to the Flynn (2005 and 2012) featuring works by postmodern choreographers Marc Brew and Joe Goode. On the day of show, this performance will operate with a “pay what you can” system to ensure all Vermonters have the opportunity to experience AXIS.

Presented in association with the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs through the UVM President’s Initiative for Diversity.

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Nov
15
1:30 pm13:30

Disability, Dance, Artistry, (Inter)national Voices: Judith Smith in Conversation in NYC

Join us with Alice Sheppard and our Artistic Director, Judith Smith in the Disability, Dance, Artistry, International Voices Conversation Series in New York, each featuring leaders and (inter)National guests working in dance. Smith and Sheppard's talk, Disability and National Synergies in Dance.

Their goal is to forge a place for disabled artists/artistry in New York's cultural ecosystem, a place where disabled artists can flourish.

The Series extends Dance/NYC's Disability, Dance Artistry initiaive, which aims to advance inclusion and access to the art form for disabled people in the metropolitan area by bringing new (inter)national voices in. It coincides with a national initiative and set of convenings across the US undertaken y AXIS Dance Company with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. Dance/ NYC works in alliance with Dance/USA

This series is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Nov
7
6:00 pm18:00

Community Dance Jam

  • Monday, September 19, 2016
  • 6:00pm  8:00pm
  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts 

Join AXIS Dance Company in Studio E at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts for monthly dance jams!

This Month is Facilitated by Zach Pine, a returning Dance Jam participant and long-time friend of AXIS! Great to have you Zach!

These jams are open to the public, and create an informal space to which dancers of all types and backgrounds are invited to explore their bodies in a kinesthetic relationship to others.

$12 single drop in
$60 for all jams (pre-paid online only)

Pay via our website, or drop in with cash, check or card.
No one turned away due to lack of funds.

For more information please visit: http://www.axisdance.org/dance-jams

For tickets please visit: http://www.axisdance.org/dance-jams-2016

Nov
6
3:00 pm15:00

Laughing Feet Gala

  • Mary Jane Teall Theatre, Century II

Laughing Feet Performers presents AXIS Dance Company

When: November 6, 2016
Location: Mary Jane Teall Theatre, Century II
225 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67202

https://wichitatix.com/show.asp

Laughing Feet Performers presents and partners with AXIS Dance Company for a once in a lifetime performance in their annual gala.

Laughing Feet Performers inspires relationships between individuals with special needs and their typical peers through musical and artistic expression as well as give performance opportunities to those who would normally not have them, Evolving out of a social mentoring group in the Wichita Public Schools and surrounding communities that held a variety show each year, Laughing Feet was created to make sure that performance opportunities continued for special needs performers long after they graduated from high school. Tickets: $20 in advance $25 at the door When you purchase tickets to both AXIS Dance Company and the Superheroes Variety Show, you will receive $1 off both ticket prices.

Tickets:
$20 in advance
$25 at the door

When you purchase tickets to both AXIS Dance Company and the Superheroes Variety Show, you will receive $1 off both ticket prices.