AXIS Dance Company Summer Intensive & Physically Integrated Dance Teacher Training


We're sorry, but our application process for our 2016 Summer Intensive is currently closed. 
Please check back next year to apply for the 2017 Summer Intensive. 

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Summer Intensive 2016 students learned new skills through three different modules derived from the company’s working ethos and repertoire, designed to enhance and develop their practices in improvisation, choreography and performance, and teaching.  

Improvisation and Site Specific Work (Monday-Wednesday, August 1-3)
Guest Artistic Director Marc Brew and AXIS Dancers led students daily through improvisation scores and structured improvisation to develop partnering and listening skills in a trusting and safe environment. Students responded to different sites and locations as well as each other, learning how we can effect time and space through improvisation by the choices we make as performers and the influences around us. 

Choreography and Performance (Thursday-Saturday, August 4-6)
Each day, Choreography and Performance students began with a technique class learning material and dance sequences to develop technique, memory, coordination and movement qualities and dynamics. Students used 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 were 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. 

Teacher Training for Dancers, Professionals and Educators (Monday-Wednesday, August 8-10) 
Back by popular demand our teacher-training course expanded to three days this year and was designed for teachers of dance and experienced artists interested in developing their teaching skills in leading physically integrated dance in an inclusive and supportive environment.  Drawing on AXIS Dance Company’s creative practice, expertise and methodology in teaching physically integrated dance, students explored the following three 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 physically integrated dance
  • Build teachers’ confidence and set up a teachers’ network for future support
  • Q&A time for discussion and feedback