Project Summary

Help us continue to change the face of dance and disability through Artistry, Advocacy, and Engagement.

Project Description

"There's no more defiant a land that I can think of than AXIS.” Bill T. Jones, Choreographer

Changing the face of dance and disability through Artistry, Engagement, & Advocacy.

AXIS is 30! We’re celebrating and setting a course for the next 30 years of shifting paradigms, breaking rules and shaping the future of dance and disability. We invite you to join us and support exciting work.

ARTISTRY – 30 more years of Creative Innovation

AXIS is redefining contemporary dance with stunning and significant dance works.

ENGAGEMENT – 30 more years of Rule Breaking

AXIS makes every experience—from seeing a performance to dancing in the company to taking a class—transformative.

ADVOCACY – 30 more years of Life Changing

We promote a model of integration in dance and in a society that challenges and transforms people’s perceptions of what’s possible.

Proudly representing Oakland for 30 years and counting, we educate and advocate for a radically inclusive idea of how contemporary dance can change lives and build communities.

LEADERSHIP - More than any other company in the United States, AXIS has been at the forefront of the field, building a bridge between contemporary dance, integrated dance, and disability culture.


Meet newly appointed Artistic Director Marc Brew 

Acclaimed International choreographer and AXIS Artistic Director Marc Brew trained as a professional dancer at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School. He has been working in the UK and Internationally for the past 21 years as a director, choreographer, dancer, teacher, and speaker; with the Australian Ballet Company, State Theatre Ballet Company of South Africa, Infinity Dance Theatre, CandoCo Dance Company and AXIS Dance Company. Marc was Associate Director with Scottish Dance Theatre, Associate Artistic Director of Ballet Cymru in Wales and was Associate Artist in 2015 at Tramway Theatre in Glasgow. Since 2008 Marc has been dedicating time to his own choreography with Marc Brew Company and his recent choreographic commissions include Scottish Ballet, Ballet Cymru, YDance, AXIS Dance Company (USA), Candoco Dance Company (UK), Touch Compass (NZ), Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (USA), GDance, Scottish Dance Theatre, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival and City of London Festival (UK). Marc was featured by Time Out Magazine as the best of the new breed of London’s Rising Dance Talent and was presented with a Centenary Medal for Outstanding Contribution as a dancer and choreographer. His work Remember When was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Performance (individual) and his recent solo work, For Now, I am… was listed in the Guardian’s Top 10 Dance Shows for 2016.


An exciting message from Artistic Director Marc Brew

What your donation funds

  • $30 One hour pay for an AXIS dancer

  • $100 Food Stipend for AXIS dancer on tour

  • $300 Fund our AXIS dancers to teach a workshop while on tour 

  • $500 Support our dancers on tour

  • $1000 Scholarship for one community educator to attend Physically Integrated Teacher Training

  • $3,000 Interactive school assemblies promoting equity and inclusion in dance

  • $5,000 Creation of Original score by Joowan Kim for Radical Impact

  • $10,000 Creation of Radical Impact a new work by Marc Brew 

  • $30,000 Rent for and production costs for 2018 venue

About AXIS Dance Company

Photo Credit: Marty Sohl

Founded in 1987, AXIS is the nation’s most acclaimed ensembles of disabled and non-disabled performers. Founding Artistic Director Thais Mazur had the creative vision to gather a group of dancers with and without physical disabilities to explore dance. What first started as an integrated group of dancers exploring and creating one performance piece, quickly led to numerous requests for performances and integrated dance classes.

Under the Artistic Direction of Judith Smith from 1997-2016, AXIS’ list of collaborators includes Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Yvonne Rainer, Ann Carlson, David Dorfman, Meredith Monk, Joan Jeanrenaud and Fred Frith. AXIS has toured to over 100 cities in the USA, Europe, and Russia. The Company has received seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and has appeared twice on FOX TV's So You Think You Can Dance, exposing our genre of dance to millions. As a leader in physically integrated dance in the US, AXIS hosted the first ever National Convening on the Future of Physically Integrated Dance in 2016 followed by Regional Convenings in New England, the South, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest, the Western States, and the West Coast.

Alongside our artistic performance program, the Company provides unparalleled integrated dance education and outreach programs. From recreational to professional training,  AXIS builds access to dance education for people of all ages with and without disabilities.

To see upcoming performances and events please visit our website

AXIS Dance Company is a 501(c)(3) California non-profit corporation and all contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. 94-3124377.