Everyone that I’ve encountered is simply fabulous. I felt like I belonged and as a person that has gone through so much it matters to be included.
–2018 Summer Intensive Participant
AXIS Dance Company invites disabled, non-disabled, and neurodiverse dancers and educators from around the world to engage, share, and learn from one another and the AXIS artists for our IN-PERSON 5-day Intensive, July 22-28, 2023.
We are excited to announce that the 2023 Intensive is being held in partnership with the Cal State East Bay (CSUEB) Theatre and Dance Department in Hayward, CA. All classes will be held on-campus, and participants will have the opportunity to book ADA accessible and affordable housing through CSUEB on a first come, first served basis. Please note that AXIS does not provide stipends for travel, housing, or meals. Dancers ages 18+ are welcome to apply.
Participants have the opportunity to experience three modules derived from the company’s working ethos and repertoire, designed to enhance and further develop their own practices in improvisation, choreography & performance, and dance education. Our Teacher Training module provides dance educators and experienced artists the chance to develop and enhance skills—exploring tools and working methods in inclusive dance and translation for disabled dancers. In addition to the three modules, we offer programming focused on fully accessible movement classes that close with “Radical Chats” – facilitated discussions on disability dance culture, community-building and advocacy.
INTENSIVE DATES: July 24-28, 2023.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 12, 2023 at 11:59pm PST.
Monday, July 24 | Module 1 | Improvisation
8:30am – 3:00pm
Tuesday, July 25 | Inclusive Movement | Radical Chat
9:30am – 3:00pm
Wednesday, July 26 | Module 2 | Choreography & Performance
8:30am – 3:00pm
Thursday, July 27 | Inclusive Movement | Radical Chat
9:30am – 3:00pm
Friday, July 28 | Module 3 | Teacher Training
8:30am – 4:00pm
All sessions will be held in-person at Cal State East Bay.
Tuition: $700 for the entire 5-day intensive ($50 discount), or $150/day pro-rated.
Due to space capacity, priority will be given to applicants attending the full 5-day Intensive. Partial scholarships are available to those in need, only for the full 5-day Intensive.
AXIS is working with CSU East Bay to have Covid policies in place and will update these on our website and application form once confirmed. We understand Covid safety is important and adhere to guidelines that make everyone feel welcomed into the space.
Questions & Access Needs:
Do you have any questions or need assistance filling out your application? Please contact Katherine at [email protected]
Module 1: Improvisation
AXIS Dancers & Staff lead students through improvisation scores and structured exercises to develop partnering and listening skills in a trusting and safe environment. Students will respond to the environments around them as well as each other, learning how we can effect time and space through the choices we make as performers and the influences around us.
Module 2: Choreography and Performance
Choreography and Performance students will begin with a technique class learning material and dance sequences to develop technique, memory, coordination and movement qualities and dynamics. Students will use these skills to develop their own choreographic interests, investigate their own practice, and gain insight into the tasks and skills used to devise the work in the company’s current repertoire.
Module 3: Teacher Training for Dancers, Professionals & Educators
Our teacher-training course is designed for teachers of dance and experienced artists interested in developing their teaching skills in leading integrated dance in an inclusive and supportive environment. Drawing on AXIS Dance Company’s creative practice, expertise and methodology in teaching integrated dance, students will explore the following areas:
- Open door policy – Removing any physical and emotional barriers
that prevent people with disabilities from attending class
- Universal language and communication
- Exploring a variety of dance techniques, disciplines and approaches to teaching dance
- Stripping away the myths of integrated dance for a realistic approach to teaching inclusivity
- To challenge and be challenged – a mutual dialogue of respect between teacher and student
- Body specificity – Working with different bodies to ensure all are challenged and learning
- Develop useful tools and skills to put into practice
- Ensuring best practice in integrated dance
- Build teachers’ confidence and set up a teachers’ network for future support
- Q&A time for discussion and feedback
What Students Are Saying
“The amount of awareness this brings to the small, subconscious prejudices I live in, around, and with outside of the dance studio is astounding. Now I’m looking for an apartment that is wheelchair accessible so that I can include all of my new friends in my life. I feel I was a bit asleep, and now, I am awake… or waking up. Always.”
“Thank you for making one of my dreams come true when I thought it wouldn’t be possible after becoming paralyzed, I truly appreciate it. I’m glad I was dedicated and coachable to your program, I’ve learned a lot and gained confidence and joy.”
“I faced my fears and I overcame them. I stayed, even when I felt uncomfortable because I knew the outcome would be good for me. And it was.”
“Elaborating the theoretical material/options/scores together and implementing them right away afterwards, was very helpful. It’s been a very good mix between theory and practice.”
“Witnessing other dancers/teachers model patience, care, risk and fun within the context of inclusive teaching and dancing was wonderful.”
“Not only is dance for ‘every body’, regarding disabled/nondisabled, but my body in the space is welcome to exist as is. I knew, and believed in my heart, that the ‘molds’ were mirages, but now I know there are places that embrace that.”
“I always say that I dance but not that I’m a dancer, but now I know that I am.”
Blog Post: 2022 Summer Intensive with Kailey McLaughlin
My name is Kailey McLaughlin and I am a dance/movement teacher based in Brooklyn, NY. I’ve bounced between the Southeast and New England for most of my life, but consider Chapel Hill, NC my hometown. I came to New York City via Skidmore College, a small liberal arts school in Saratoga Springs, NY. That is where I was first introduced to integrated dance through a modern dance course for Skidmore students and adults with developmental disabilities from a local day program. This class changed the way I thought about movement, accessibility, and the dancing body and it led me to the work I do now. Currently, I teach folks of all ages and abilities, from creative movement for kids ages 18 months-6 years to modern dance and somatic practices for teens/young adults with autism to movement classes for people living with Parkinson’s disease. Dance is for any body and I try to create more accessible dance education experiences in my community.
I came into this intensive hoping to learn best teaching practices for the betterment of my students and to dance for myself along the way. I accomplished those things and so much more. These five days with AXIS were truly transformational. The company’s warmth permeated through Zoom and created a strong sense of community among all the participants from around the world. It was a complete immersion into the language and embodiment of inclusive dance that not only gave me concepts to bring into my classes, but reminded me that, in addition to being an educator, I am still a dancer and an artist as well. Dancing with AXIS was one of the first times I felt empowered to be fully honest in my dancing. I was able to meet my body where it was at each day, which is a testament to the company members modeling and valuing all movement choices. In addition to personal growth through movement, it was wonderful to learn from other participants through observation and conversation. Being in a room, albeit virtual, with movers with the same values was so special. It would not have happened without AXIS bringing us together and facilitating engaging discussions on disability and inclusion in the world of dance and beyond. This intensive came at a perfect time in my life and I am so grateful for these days of exploration, creation, and collaboration with AXIS. I will bring all that I learned and experienced with me to my dancing and teaching from now on.