AXIS Dance Company seeks Apprentice Dancer with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Closing Date: 10 December 2018

AXIS Dance Company

Location: Oakland, California USA

Remuneration: US$2,500/month + Travel and Accommodation Stipend


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Are you a physical person with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)* who has a passion for movement, dance and exploration and would relish the opportunity to dance and train with America’s leading physically integrated dance company? Then AXIS is looking for you!

From January through November 2019 AXIS Dance Company is offering an AXIS Immersion Apprenticeship.

AXIS’ Immersion Apprenticeship program will propel an individual with SCI into the expansive world of physically integrated dance under the guidance of AXIS and AXIS’ Artistic Director Marc Brew, who himself has SCI. The Apprentice would study under the company for 10 months receiving extended dance education and on the job training participating in daily rehearsals, master classes, administering outreach and engagement programming in the Bay Area Community, and one national tour. As part of the apprenticeship AXIS will provide a monthly, relocation and accommodations stipends, as well as a stipend for professional development (including AXIS’ physically integrated 2019 Summer Intensive Program), and medical equipment as needed including specialized wheelchair for dance and professional rehabilitation services.

Apprentices will be on a 30hr per week schedule and will attend all company classes, rehearsals, master classes, residencies and workshops along side our dancers.

Activities includes participating in:
– Dance Access Day is a unique event for schools and children of all ages to learn about the magic of theater and integrated dance. AXIS dancers will perform innovative choreography that demonstrates how people with and without disabilities work together.

– Youth Show Performance, a creation of a new performance program designed for young audiences and their families in a relaxed environment.

– Summer Intensive: a week-long course attended by dancers from all over the world that culminates in a showing of choreographed work created during the week.

– School assemblies, outreach events and all classes that we teach through our studio program, in the community and in residencies.

– Creation of new work by international choreographer Arthur Pita

– Learn AXIS’ current performance repertoire and exposure to renowned choreographers

– Be apart of our Performance, Touring and Education Programs

The ideal candidate:
-Age is 18+
-Eager to learn
-Has a passion for movement, dance and exploration
-Fluent in English

Compensation: $2,500/month + Travel and Accommodation Stipend

This apprenticeship is made possible through funding from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

*Grant Requirement Within the Foundation, the criteria for eligibility for scholarship support and/or artists residencies follows. Please let this help guide your recruiting process:

Only individuals with neurological and functional impairment due to traumatic SCI, degenerative disease primary to the spinal cord (i.e., transverse myelitis) or damage to the spinal cord due to tumors and surgery are eligible for support through this program. Individuals with spinal dysfunction, paralysis or pain syndromes caused by other disorders are not eligible (e.g., multiple sclerosis, ALS, Chiari malformation, primary orthopedic disorders and peripheral nerve injury).
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You can find more information about us on our website.
Apply by December 10, 2018 on our website.

About AXIS Dance Company:
AXIS Dance Company (AXIS) exists to change the face of dance and disability.

We accomplish our mission through Artistic, Engagement, and Advocacy programs. Artistry is the heart of AXIS, and we collaborate with the highest profile dance makers, artists and teachers of our time, producing artistically stunning and significant dance works. AXIS’ Engagement program began in direct response to community demand and is the most extensive integrated dance program in the US. Through Advocacy, AXIS champions access, equity, and inclusion, serving as a bridge between contemporary dance, physically integrated dance, and disability culture.

Celebrating 31 years, 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 US, 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. In 2017, AXIS appointed acclaimed international choreographer and dancer Marc Brew to the position of Artistic Director to heightened the artistry and national representation of the company.