AXIS Dance Company
AXIS Dance Company is one of the world’s leading and most innovative ensembles of dancers with and without disabilities. Paving the way for physically integrated dance, AXIS shares its cutting edge artistic and education/outreach work with thousands annually all over the world.
AXIS Company Members Bios
Julie Crothers was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Julie Crothers has been dancing since a very young age, training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, and improvisation. In May 2014, she graduated from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina earning a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a BA in Arts Administration. During her undergraduate studies, Julie also conducted a performance-based research study into the intersection of choreography, improvisation, and autobiographical performance. Most recently Julie has danced professionally with NC-based contemporary dance company Renay Aumiller Dances (RAD), performing at the American Dance Festival in June 2014. Julie’s choreography has been presented at multiple venues in North Carolina, as well as in New York, Tennessee, at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Lexington, Kentucky, and at the American College Dance Festival Association, Southeast Region gala performance at Georgia College. Julie joined AXIS in July 2014.
“I feel so fortunate to be an AXIS dancer and to have the opportunity to dance and learn in this environment where all people are encouraged bring their full selves, nothing more and nothing less, and dance together.”
Dwayne Scheuneman was an accomplished wheelchair Track and Field athlete when in 2002 he sought out dance as a means of cross training. The physicality and the creativity of dance quickly leaped to the forefront of Dwayne’s interest and he began taking dance classes and performing with Asher Dance Eclectic in Tampa Fl. It was also at this time when he began taking workshops and attending dance festival with internationally recognized dance companies such as AXIS dance, CANDOCO and others. In August of 2005, Dwayne started REVolutions dance, a physically integrated company in Tampa. Since that time, Dwayne has collaborated with choreographers and dancers to create and perform in numerous dance pieces. Dwayne also established a weekly dance class for children with and without disabilities in Tampa and has worked with children with disabilities throughout the states and abroad. Dwayne has had a close relationship with AXIS dance for several years and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the AXIS family.
Sophie Stanley is originally from England and received a First class Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Theater Performance in 2004. After a few years freelancing in more commercial projects she was introduced to the world of integrated dance after being employed as a support worker for a wheelchair dependent professional dancer. One great thing led to another and she ended up touring nationally and internationally with UK based integrated company, Stopgap, for several years. Marriage to a Californian man brought Sophie over to the bay area in 2012 where she has since danced with Risa Jaroslow, Dance Monks, Liz Boubion and as a guest artist for Axis before joining the company full time in 2014. She is delighted to be dancing with Axis and to have been given the opportunity to delve into the endless wonders and complexities of integrated dance on this side of the Atlantic.
“I love being an Axis dancer because it unfalteringly takes my mind and my body to unexpected places.”
Fundamentals of Physically Integrated Dance
AXIS Dance Company members Julie Crothers and Sophie Stanley will introduce its exciting genre of physically integrated dance in an invigorating series that emphasizes investigation and exploration. Develop skills derived from the company’s working ethos and learn company repertoire that will enhance your own practice in improvisation, choreography and performance. We will also delve into working methods to create an inclusive dance environment and movement translation for dancers with physical disabilities.
Participants: Adults and/or youth with and without disabilities with some level of dance, athletic or movement experience.