CANCELED Master Class with AXIS Dance Company


Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St., Cambridge, MA
Five physically diverse dancers in motion; two of the dancers are in wheelchairs.


Join AXIS Dance Company for a master class that will introduce choreographic tools for disabled and non-disabled dancers. Internationally recognzied choreographer and Artistic Director of AXIS Dance Company Marc Brew, along with Rehearsal Director Sonsherée Giles, will teach students to use improvisation and modern dance techniques for solo, duet, and ensemble material. Participants will explore how to adapt, or translate choreography to suit each individual body. Tasks introduced will give insight into some of the techniques and creative tools involved in the creation of AXIS repertory.

This is an intermediate level class but courageous beginners and advanced dancers are also welcome! Dancers with disabilities (both visible and invisible) as well as dancers without disabilities are welcome. Participants must be age 18 or over. 

Participation is free, but due to limited class capacity, online registration is required for both participants and observers. 

Harvard Dance Center Master Classes & Workshops are open to the Boston dance community, with priority given to Harvard University Undergraduate students. 

This workshop is part of the Harvard Dance Center's Spring 2020 Visiting Artists Series, supported by the Office for the Arts. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), each visiting artist brought to the Dance Center this semester is explicitly working at the intersection of dance and disability. 

Based in Oakland, CA, and founded in 1987, AXIS Dance Company is an internationally acclaimed dance ensemble of disabled and non-disabled performers. In 1998, Judith Smith took over Artistic Direction, and visioning a repertory company quickly trajected AXIS into the dance world with a commission by Bill T. Jones. Under her direction until 2017, AXIS toured to over 100 cities in the USA, Israel, UK, Europe and Russia. The Company has received eight Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and has appeared twice on FOX TV’s "So You Think You Can Dance," exposing integrated dance to millions. In 2017, AXIS appointed acclaimed international choreographer and dancer Marc Brew to the position of Artistic Director. Marc Brew comes to AXIS with over 20 years of performance and Artistic Direction experience. Alongside their 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.

The Harvard Dance Center is wheelchair accessible. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Dance Office at 617-495-8683 in advance of your participation or visit.

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 25, 6-8pm
Location: Conservatory Room at Adams House, 26 Plympton St, Cambridge, MA (wheelchair accessible entrance to the right of 26 Plympton St.)
Join choreographer and AXIS Dance Company Artistic Director Marc Brew and Rehearsal Director Sonsherée Giles for an intimate conversation around topics on disability as it relates to experience, identity, culture, innovation, diversity, and inclusion. In partnership with the Office of Diversity Education and Support (ODES) and the Accessible Education Office (AEO), the discussion will be guided by student facilitators. Open to Harvard undergraduate students. Due to limited capacity, online RSVP is required.