AXIS Dance Company
AXIS Dance Company, one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities, will change the way you think about dance and the possibilities of the human body forever. Founded in 1987, AXIS has become a jewel of contemporary dance and disability culture. AXIS has paved the way for a powerful contemporary dance form - physically integrated dance - performing nationwide, as well as in Russia, Europe, and Siberia, in over 120 cities.
Amongst many honors, AXIS has received seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards with equal number of nominations. Most recently, the Company was featured to great acclaim on an episode of FOX Television’s series, So You Think You Can Dance! and filmed an episode for AOL’s ‘You’ve Got’ Campaign. Additionally, AXIS was featured on KQED’s SPARK program and KRCB’s One in 5 Stories. AXIS was one of 5 named ‘Best Dance Companies in San Francisco’ by CBS San Francisco (2011) and one of the Bay Area’s top 10 high-impact arts nonprofits by Philanthropedia (2010). Under the Artistic Direction of Judith Smith, the company has commissioned works by such movement innovators as Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Joe Goode, Victoria Marks, Ann Carlson, David Dorfman, Alex Ketley, Joanna Haigood, Sonya Delwaide, and Margaret Jenkins and worked with world-renowned composers Meredith Monk, Fred Frith and Joan Jeanrenaud. Additionally, AXIS’ own choreographers have created numerous repertory works - expanding AXIS’ repertory to over 75 works.
Through its model education programs Dance Access and its youth component Dance Access/KIDS!, AXIS offers classes and workshops, school assemblies, presentations, lecture demonstrations and residencies locally and abroad for adults and youth of all abilities. AXIS is the primary organization that provides pre-professional training to adult dancers with disabilities: consisting of advanced level master classes taught by well-known dance educators/choreographers, week-long Summer Intensives and university residencies.