Teach Dance to People with Disabilities in USA
AXIS Dance Company is one of the only professional dance companies in the US that provides dance education to people with disabilities. With your support AXIS can provide a person with a disability with a dance class that provides both a physical and creative outlet. Your support could also bring an AXIS dance performance to an elementary school, exposing them to dance by people with and without disabilities performing together as EQUALS.
Dance is a universal language that unites all people and uplifts our spirits. But many people with disabilities are excluded from dance opportunities. In fact they are not encouraged to be physically active or to be in touch with their physical beings. Physical activity often comes in the form of therapy and represents something that is being done to them. People with disabilities can be at high risk of depression, substance abuse, and poor self-image. Dance helps build self-confidence, self esteem and social skills. As a non-competitive group activity, dance is a wonderful choice as a sport , recreation and creative outlet.
About AXIS Dance Company
Partner since March, 2011
Prepare to leave all your preconceptions at the door. 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 the contemporary dance scene and the disability community. AXIS has paved the way for a powerful contemporary dance form - physically integrated dance - performing in over sixty cities nationwide, as well as in Europe and Siberia. Under the Artistic Direction of Judith Smith, the Company's list of collaborators read like a Who's Who of contemporary dance - Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Joe Goode, David Dorfman, Joanna Haigood, Victoria Marks, Ann Carlson, Margaret Jenkins, Sonya Delwaide, Meredith Monk, Fred Frith and Joan Jeanrenaud. AXIS has received seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and an additional nine nominations. AXIS is also known for its unparalleled education/outreach program Dance Access and its youth component Dance Access/KIDS! that offer a kaleidoscope of events for adults and youth of all abilities locally and on tour.