May
4
11:30 am11:30

Laney College Disabilities Club Fair

Laney College, 900 Fallon St
Oakland, CA 94607, USA

Stop by AXIS' booth at the Laney College Disabilities Club Fair to learn more about the exciting work we're doing locally and around the country! 

May
5
5:00 pm17:00

Summer Intensive Application Deadline

Don't forget to apply for AXIS' 2017 Summer Intensive program! Deadline for applications is TODAY, May 5th.

August 7-16, 2017 | Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St. Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94612

Learn new skills in three different modules derived from the company’s working ethos and repertoire that will enhance and develop your own practice in improvisation, choreography and performance, and dance education.  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 Artistic Director.

Visit http://www.axisdance.org/summer-intensive to apply.

 

May
6
1:00 pm13:00

Youth Class - Kern Dance Alliance & League of Dreams Residency

Garces Memorial High School
Learn more and register

AXIS Dance Company will teach students inclusive creative dance that is accessible to kids with and without physical disabilities. In the class, students will have the opportunity to explore their own dance vocabulary, build confidence, practice cooperation, and develop appreciation of each other’s creative expression.

This youth class is part of a residency with Kern Dance Alliance and League of Dreams.
Learn more

May
6
5:00 pm17:00

Teacher Training in Physically Integrated Dance - Kern Dance Alliance & League of Dreams Re

Garces Memorial High School
Learn more and register

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.

This teacher training is part of a residency with Kern Dance Alliance and League of Dreams.
Learn more

May
22
6:00 pm18:00

Community Dance Jam

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Studio E (3rd floor)

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

Taught by AXIS dancers and featuring live music, 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 via our website, or drop in with cash, check or card.
No one turned away due to lack of funds.

Learn more

Jun
5
6:00 pm18:00

Community Dance Jam

Monday, June 5th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Studio E (3rd floor)

Join AXIS Dance Company in Studio E at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts for our 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. Jams are led by AXIS Company Dancers and feature live music.

$12 via our website, or drop in with cash, check or card.
No one turned away due to lack of funds.

Jun
8
3:45 pm15:45

Dance/USA Annual Conference - Panel: The Future of Inclusive Dance Practice in the USA

Dance/USA Annual Conference
Kansas City, MO

Thursday, June 8th - Learn More & Register

Inclusive dance is gaining momentum and changing the paradigm of dance making and performance, and ultimately who participates in the art form. But, what exactly is inclusive dance? Where and how is it happening? What are the entry points to become involved? Hear from a panel of inclusive dance practitioners from around the country to learn more about the inclusive dance field and the latest national and regional developments. This session will provide those with little experience to those well acquainted with inclusive dance an opportunity to learn, connect, and become involved as we work collectively to advance equity and participation in dance for people with disabilities.

AXIS Dance Company Founder & Director Judith Smith to sit on the panel.

Learn more about the Dance/USA Annual Conference and other conference events featuring AXIS.

Jul
1
1:00 pm13:00

Occupy - A site-specific journey through an urban garden

Occupy
A site-specific journey through an urban garden

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival - July 1st & 2nd
750 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Join us as we kick off our 30th Anniversary Season! AXIS collaborates with choreographer Stephan Koplowitz and composer Pamela Z on this site specific work, featuring AXIS Company Dancers plus an additional cast of 20.  

This is a free event, but RSVP is required. Stay tuned for more info!

 

Jul
2
1:00 pm13:00

Occupy - A site-specific journey through an urban garden

Occupy
A site-specific journey through an urban garden

Yerba Buena Gardens - July 1st & 2nd
750 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Join us as we kick off our 30th Anniversary Season! AXIS collaborates with choreographer Stephan Koplowitz and composer Pamela Z on this site-specific work, featuring AXIS Company Dancers plus an additional cast of 20. This show is a part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Learn More

This is a free event, but RSVP is required. Stay tuned for more info!

Aug
7
Aug 9

Summer Intensive Module 1: Improv & Site Specific

Integrated Summer Intensive & Teacher Training

MODULE 1 : Improvisation & Site Specific Work - Register here
Led by AXIS' Artistic Director Marc Brew & Company Dancers

August 7th-9th, 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

Artistic Director Marc Brew and AXIS Dancers will lead students daily through improvisation scores and structured improvisation to develop partnering and listening skills in a trusting and safe environment. Students will respond to different sites and locations as well as each other, learning how we can effect time and space through the choices we make as performers and the influences around us. 

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

Aug
7
6:00 pm18:00

Community Dance Jam

Monday, August 7th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Studio E (3rd floor)

Join AXIS Dance Company in Studio E at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts for our 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. Jams are led by AXIS Company Dancers and feature live music.

$12 via our website, or drop in with cash, check or card.
No one turned away due to lack of funds.

Aug
9
3:00 pm15:00

FREE Site Specific Performance

3pm - FREE
Lake Merritt, Oakland CA

AXIS Company Dancers and students from our Summer Intensive 'Improvisation & Site Specific' Module showcase their talents in this free performance at Lake Merritt. This event is the culmination of three days of hard work from our Summer Intensive students, who examined both sites and locations as well as each other, learning how we can effect time and space through the choices we make as performers and the influences around us. 

Learn more about AXIS' Summer Intensive & Teacher Training program

Aug
10
Aug 12

Summer Intensive Module 2: Choreography & Performance

INTEGRATED SUMMER INTENSIVE & TEACHER TRAINING

MODULE 2 : Choreography & Performance - Register here
Led by AXIS' Artistic Director Marc Brew & Company Dancers

August 10th-12th, 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

Each day, Choreography and Performance students will begin with a technique class learning material and dance sequences to develop technique, memory, coordination and movement qualities and dynamics. Students will use these skills to develop their own choreographic interests, investigate their own practice, and gain insight into the tasks and skills used to devise the work in the company’s current repertoire. The works created will be rehearsed and developed with a performance opportunity to present the work as part of a sharing for peers and friends of the AXIS Dance Company community. 

Classes are led by AXIS Dance Company's newly-appointed Artistic Director, Marc Brew, and AXIS Company Dancers.

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

Aug
12
3:00 pm15:00

FREE Choreography Performance

3pm - FREE
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice St. Oakland, CA 94612

AXIS Company Dancers and students from our Summer Intensive 'Choreography & Performance' Module showcase their talents in this free performance at the Malonga Center for the Arts. This event is the culmination of three days of hard work from our Summer Intensive students, who developed their own choreographic interests and investigated their own practice through the guidance of AXIS' Artistic Director & Company Dancers.

Learn more about AXIS' Summer Intensive & Teacher Training program

Aug
14
Aug 16

Summer Intensive Module 3: Teacher Training

INTEGRATED SUMMER INTENSIVE & TEACHER TRAINING

MODULE 3 : Teacher Training for Dancers, Professionals, & Educators - Register here
Led by AXIS' Artistic Director Marc Brew & Company Dancers

August 14th-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

Our teacher-training course is designed for teachers of dance and experienced artists interested in developing their teaching skills in leading integrated dance in an inclusive and supportive environment.  Drawing on AXIS Dance Company’s creative practice, expertise and methodology in teaching integrated dance, students will explore the following areas:

  • Open door policy - Removing any physical and emotional barriers that prevent people with disabilities from attending class
  • Universal language and communication
  • Exploring a variety of dance techniques, disciplines and approaches to teaching dance
  • Stripping away the myths of integrated dance for a realistic approach to teaching inclusivity
  • To challenge and be challenged - a mutual dialogue of respect between teacher and student
  • Body specificity - Working with different bodies to ensure all are challenged and learning
  • Develop useful tools and skills to put into practice
  • Ensuring best practice in integrated dance
  • Build teachers’ confidence and set up a teachers’ network for future support
  • Q&A time for discussion and feedback

Classes are led by AXIS Dance Company's newly-appointed Artistic Director, Marc Brew, and AXIS Company Dancers.

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

Sep
11
6:00 pm18:00

Community Dance Jam

Monday, September 11th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Studio E (3rd floor)

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

Taught by AXIS dancers and featuring live music, 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 via our website, or drop in with cash, check or card.
No one turned away due to lack of funds.

Learn more

Oct
5
Oct 6

Dance Access Day!

October 5th & 6th, 9:30-11:30am
FREE - Learn More
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St #290, Oakland, CA 94607

Dance Access Day - A Day of Dance, Disability Education, Performance, and Fun - is AXIS Dance Company’s unique event for schools and children of all ages!  AXIS dancers will perform innovative choreography that demonstrates how people with and without disabilities work together.  The show includes active participation so audience members should come prepared to dance and have a good time!

 

Oct
16
6:00 pm18:00

Community Dance Jam

Monday, October 16th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Studio E (3rd floor)

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

Taught by AXIS dancers and featuring live music, 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 via our website, or drop in with cash, check or card.
No one turned away due to lack of funds.

Learn more

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...


Apr
28
11:30 am11:30

Bay Area Dance Week: AXIS Open Company Class & Rehearsal with Amy Seiwert

11:30am-1pm Open Company Class
1-2pm Open Rehearsal
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice St. Studio E (3rd Floor)
Oakland, CA 94612

Join AXIS Dance Company as we prepare to celebrate 30 years of innovation under the new artistic direction of Marc Brew. All abilities are welcome for this company class geared towards experienced adult dancers. Following our 1.5 hr company class, we invite participants and dancers of all ages and skill levels to attend a sneak peek of Amy Seiwert's work The Reflective Surface that will be premiered in October 2017. Participants are welcome to either or both the class (11:30am-1pm) and open rehearsal (1pm-2pm).

Sign up: http://bayareadance.org/event-details/?e_id=473

Apr
22
2:00 pm14:00

Cultural Connection: A Multicultural Dance Event

All Ages
Tickets: $10
The Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
10550 Albion Rd, San Ramon, CA

Why does dance matter? Dance, whether social, theatrical, or ritually based, is a form of cultural expression. Join us in celebrating the diversity and richness of our community with astounding live dance performance. See many different cultural expressions through dance, representing countries all over the world, that embody the belief that diversity is one of our community's greatest attributes. 

AXIS will perform In Defense of Regret (Maurya Kerr, Alex Ketley and Bobbi Jene Smith), Divide (Marc Brew), and Dix minutes plus tard (Sonya Delwaide).

Other Dance Companies include: Nava Dance Theatre (Indian Dance), Los Lupenos de San Jose (Mexican Folkloric), Xiaopei Chinese Dance and many more!

Buy tickets: http://www.sanramon.ca.gov/parks/theater/calendar.htm#042217

Apr
12
Apr 14

International Conference on Disability as Spectacle

UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center
Los Angeles, California

UCLA’s Disability Studies program announces a two-day conference on Disability as Spectacle (13-14 April 2017).  Disability’s representation in current popular culture, academic discourse, and political rhetoric raises important questions about how disability is depicted and which disabilities are excluded or rendered invisible in this new cultural landscape.  How does our current moment’s heightened awareness of disability produce benefits and/or disadvantages in other social, political, or economic spheres? The conference theme encourages scholars, practitioners, artists, and activists to think critically about disability’s representations and invites them to share ideas about the future of disability rights and Disability Studies as this historically marginalized community continues to make advances in mainstream culture.

This conference aims to stimulate a discussion around how society constructs, reacts, and embraces or rejects visible and invisible disabilities in the public sphere.  As representations change in popular and political culture, scholars, practitioners, artists, and activists will need to confront a changing milieu in which (some) disabilities are de-stigmatized while others are prevented from participation.

The film and television industry’s role in disability’s changing status makes Los Angeles an ideal location to reflect upon disability as spectacle.

The conference may cover such important topics as:

  •     Intersection of disability and new media
  •     Visible versus invisible disability in TV, film, print media, and sports
  •     Disability narrative as literary genre
  •     Critique of the contemporary ‘freak show’
  •     Inclusive/exclusive forms of public art
  •     Role of technology in facilitating visibility and invisibility
  •     Theorizing new forms of ‘seeing’ disability
  •     The spectacle of the ‘super crip’
  •     Examining dynamics of ‘the gaze’ when disability meets dance and performance art

Students, community members, activists, artists, practitioners, advocates, and allies – local, national, international – are encouraged to participate in the conference. Forms of submission include: individual papers, preconstituted panels, workshops, working groups, and performances. We strongly encourage panels that bring together various perspectives and experiences, such as panels featuring practitioners in dialogue with scholars, artist practitioners, and activists.

The registration fees for the conference are $40.00 (USD) for faculty; $25.00 (USD) for students and community members. For additional information, please see the conference website: http://www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/dsconference/

Apr
10
6:00 pm18:00

Community Dance Jam

Monday, April 10th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Studio E (3rd floor)

Join AXIS Dance Company in Studio E at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts for our 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. Our April jam will be led by AXIS Dancers Carina Ho and Julie Crothers with live music provided by Joel Davel.

$12 via our website, or drop in with cash, check or card.
No one turned away due to lack of funds.

Learn more

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.