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Your UCP: National September 01, 2003
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AXIS Dance Company Seeks Dancers with Disabilities to Participate in Spring Audition and Workshop

AXIS Dance Company is currently seeking men and women 20-50 years of age with physical disabilities to fill part-time company positions. All persons with previous dance or athletic experience and a passion for movement are encouraged to attend a workshop and audition May 31- June 1 at the Alice Arts Center in Oakland, CA. The workshop will be a two-day exploration of physically integrated dance through technique classes, improvisation and the learning of the AXIS repertory. Participants in the workshop will be considered for permanent company positions.

Since 1987, AXIS has created an exciting body of work developed by dancers with and without disabilities. Now a ten-member ensemble under the Artistic Direction of Judith Smith, AXIS has performed in theaters and dance spaces at its home base in the Bay Area, on tour throughout the United States, as well as in Germany and Siberia.

AXIS offers its dancers the opportunity to perform with a professional modern dance company. Choreographers of the caliber of Bill T. Jones and Stephen Petronio work with the company for weeks at a time in residencies where new dances are created and integrated into the regular repertory. In 2003, AXIS will be working with Los Angeles based choreographer Victoria Marks on a new work that will premier at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in November.

AXIS dancers also act as teaching artists in AXIS’ Dance Access and Dance Access KIDS! education and outreach programs. Some of the programs that make-up Dance Access are in-school assemblies and performances, master classes, workshops, classroom visits, and the Dance Access studio program. These programs that educate K-12 students on disability and dance are a cornerstone of the company mission.

Workshop tuition is $90 a person. Scholarships are available for those traveling from out of state. If you would like to register for the workshop/audition, contact Mollie Mungan at (510) 625-0110. For more information, please visit the AXIS Dance Company Web site.

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