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AXIS Dance Company’s 25th Anniversary Home Season

This year marks the 25th anniversary of an arts organization that’s near to my heart, AXIS Dance Company.

For a quarter century, AXIS has been an incredible asset to the local community — and far beyond. They provide engaging, inspirational educational programs on dance and collaboration and disability to local schools, outreach programs to community centers, independent living centers and other organizations, and in-house workshops to students of all ages and abilities. Whether on tour or right here at home at Oakland’s Malonga Casquelourd Theater, they move audiences with their powerful performances featuring both able-bodied and disabled dancers, and their repertoire of dazzling contemporary choreography.

Here’s what some critics have had to say about AXIS:

“…magnificently powerful and unlike what you’ll see elsewhere.” - Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune

“AXIS’ work instructs the viewer in how to appreciate it and the lesson is delivered with cogent force: sympathy is irrelevant. Forget what isn’t there and focus on what is.” - Bruce Weber, New York Times

“…the quality of the dancing takes your breath away.” - Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Chronicle

Dancers Sonsherée Giles and Joel Brown.

Last week, after over two and a half years serving on their board of directors (and a few more as a volunteer), I was delighted to be elected to serve as President for the Board of AXIS Dance Company. It’s truly an exciting time to be stepping into the role, with AXIS’ Home Season 25th Anniversary performances approaching this April, a couple terrific new dancers on board, and incredible choreographers working with the company to revitalize older pieces (Marc Brew) and to create new ones (Victoria Marks, Amy Seiwert and Sonya Delwaide).

This year, won’t you join me in supporting this unique and vital arts organization? I invite you to come to a performance this spring, consider getting involved, or commit to donating $25 to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Dance Access Studio Program

Your contribution will allow AXIS to continue creating and delivering mind-blowing performances and touching the lives of kids and adults alike in the Bay Area and beyond. I hope to see you at the Home Season 25th Anniversary shows in Oakland this April—prepare for an incredible evening!