Class Schedule

CLASSES FOR 2014 -2015

Dance Classes for Adults 

Awareness Through Movement Classes for every body! (Feldenkrais Method®)
taught  by Christine Germain

Do you find yourself holding extra tensions? Do you have patterns that make these tensions or even injuries re-occur every now and again? Do you find yourself limited in some of your motion or you think you’re not flexible? Come and find new easy ways to access and expand your range of motion. Not only will you find each movement more pleasurable, but by doing so, you will be rewiring your nervous system to create new movement pathways and discard the unnecessary effort.

Christine Germain is a movement explorer, dancer and choreographer. She takes pleasure in discovering new ways to move. She is intrigued by how people move by themselves, in relationship to others and space. After traveling and studying various dances around the world, Christine earned her BFA in dance from Concordia University (Montréal, Canada) in 2007. The Feldenkrais Method ® helped her to recover from a serious injury and a car accident, which allowed her to get back to dance and to start learning circus arts. This convinced her to become an instructor and practitioner of the Method. She Graduated in 2013 from a MFA in choreography at UC Davis and currently teaches at the Berkeley Rep School of Theater.


Improvisational Contact Dance Class Series
taught by Stuart Phillips

This Contact Improve (CI) class series delves into how we approach & survive/thrive in dancing connection, what helps us be ourselves in connection, true to our nature always.  This class is open to all.

Stuart Phillips is & has performed & taught improvisational contact dance for over 27  years as well as improvisational techniques through dance for over 33 years throughout US, Canada, New Zealand & Europe.  His focus stems from psycho/emotional aspects of personal relating and improving upon those through physical/energetic awareness techniques, ie, ‘getting what you need’.


AXIS Studio Program for Adults to be revamped

Stay tuned while we revamp our offering of dance classes for adults with and without disabilities in our studio in Oakland. Classes will be offered at an ongoing basis on Mondays from 6-7:30pm.

  • When: Mondays, starting in January 2015 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Where: Studio E, Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street (@14th Street), Oakland, CA (Close to 12th Street BART)
  • Cost$10-15/class


Creative Dance Class for Young Adults with developmental disabilities
Do you like to move? Do you like to dance and to be creative? Do you enjoy dancing with peers? Then join our exciting creative dance class for young adults with and without disabilities (age 18-30). During this session we will teach creative dance techniques, giving you the opportunity to discover your own dance vocabulary. Together we will explore new and exciting ways to move, build social skills and body awareness while having fun.

  • When: Select Wednesdays | 2:00-3:00pm
  • 8/6, 8/20, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 11/26, 12/10 (winter break 12/11-1/5)
  • Where: Studio A, Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street (@14th Street), Oakland, CA (Close to 12th Street BART)
  • Cost: $5/class

To  learn about exact dates  call or email Education Director Annika Presley at 510-625-0110 or



Dance Classes for Youth

Creative Dance Classes for Kids!
What would childhood be without the chance to express ourselves through dance? AXIS is one of few programs offering children with disabilities the opportunity to explore their “inner dancer” in a structured environment with professional disabled dancers as role models. We will focus on positive body awareness, natural creativity, teamwork, motor co-ordination, personal expression, discipline, and self-control. Children between age 6-12 with and without disabilities are welcome to attend.
Please call Annika to see if this class is appropriate for your child.

  • When: Mondays 4:00-5:00pm
    7/28/2014 – 11/24/2014 (No class on: 8/11/14, 9/1/14, 9/8/14)
  • Where: Studio B, Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street (@14th Street), Oakland, CA (Close to 12th Street BART)
  • Cost: $10/class

To sign up call or email Education Director Annika Presley at 510-625-0110 or

Classes are sponsored through the California Art Council.


AXIS Dance Workshop for Kids of All Ages

Hop, dance, wiggle, and move to the beat in this series of drop-in creative dance workshops, for children of all abilities at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco (The CJM). Workshops focus on positive body awareness, motor development, and creative expression. Children will have the opportunity to explore movement in a structured environment, with professional dancers with and without disabilities as role models. Children of all abilities are welcome to attend.

  • When: Sundays, Sept 21, Oct 19, Nov 23, 2014; Jan 18, 2015 | 11:30am—12:30pm
  • WhereThe Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA (LINK) (Close to Powell BART)
  • CostFree for youth 18 and under, and Community Access Transition Services students (18-22). Free for adults with Museum admission. 
Limited capacity; advance registration recommended.
  • Register: To register for an individual class or the series, visit (LINK) or call 415.655.7881

Classes are sponsored through the California Art Council.


Get inMotion – Youth Camp SUMMER 2015 

Berkeley  &  Oakland, CA  | Cost: $250 (no one turned away for lack of funding)

In the Summer of 2015 AXIS Dance Company will once again offer a movement camp for youth with and without disabilities called Get inMotion!.

AXIS will team up with the popular BORP (Bay Area Outreach Recreation Program) and amazing Luna Dance Institute to provide an unforgettable movement experience! Campers will spend the mornings outside cycling with BORP exploring local Bay Area biking trails. During the afternoon they will make dances with the world renowned AXIS Dance Company. Guided and taught by company members and teaching artists, the dance workshops interweaves body and mind and activates the physical imagination. Students will be encouraged in the creation of their own unique movement vocabulary as well as collaborative construction of dances. Classes will include warm-up, group awareness, and explorations to engage and enrich the creative process. The week will culminate in an informal performance for family and friends. More info

  • When: Summer 2015 | 9:30am – 4:00pm
  • Where: Berkeley & Oakland
  • Cost:  $250 (no one turned away for lack of funding)
  • Contact us for more information


Class Policies

AXIS maintains a “no one turned away for lack of funds policy” for all our classes. Scholarships and work exchange are available, please contact

In order to make our classes accessible to people with multiple chemical sensitivities / environmental illness, we must ask everyone to NOT wear any scented products to class.

You can read more about our class policies, registrations & cancellations here.


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