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Watch Your Toes . . . . Wheelchair Dancing Comes to Chandler

Friday, March 4, 2011 @ 8pm

Having two left feet means nothing to the some people.  Prepare to leave all your preconceptions at the door as the AXIS Dance Company, one of the worlds most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities will change the way you think about dance and the possibilities of the human body forever. Founded in 1987, AXIS has become a jewel of contemporary dance and disability culture and has paved the way for physically integrated dance form.

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  1. The Axis Dance Company is amazing. If you ever get a chance to attend one of their shows do it!

    They also held a free “dance workshop” which I got to experience. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was a really fun experience and opened me up to thinking about movement in a different way. We didn’t learn dance moves, per se, but rather we learned interpretive movement as dance.

    For example, the 30 participants [some with disabilities, some without] were asked to move about within a certain space and move as if we were water, and then move as if we were wind and then rock. Later we paired up and faced each other, mirroring whatever movement our partner made.

    I was very impressed with the professionalism and the inclusiveness of the troupe members. No one is left out or made to feel they cannot dance no matter how little movement they may have. One of the Axis members, a wheelchair user, even expressed to me that if she experiences spasticity during a show she simply incorporates it as part of her dance.

    Very interesting and worthwhile group.

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