2018 PROGRAM DATES:  JULY/AUGUST (exact dates TBD)

Join us in New York City and Los Angeles with the world's leading dance industry professionals. 

"The Barton sisters bring a solid background of both technical knowledge and performance wisdom to AXIS CONNECT. As performers, teachers, choreographers and directors, their work has received outstanding reviews.
If you’re serious about a career in dance, the Axis Connect Summer Intensive is perfect for you. From participating in Master classes with Master teachers to receiving vital information from professionals in the world of dance about how to shape your individual career, Axis Connect Summer Intensive with the Barton sisters is an opportunity not to be missed."  - Vincent Paterson--Director/Choreographer

Now more than ever, 21st century dancers need to approach their careers with a clear sense of who they are, where they want to go, and how they want to achieve success. Carving out a career strategically helps to conquer fears of financial instability, threat of injury, lack of connections, and anxiety that comes with the universal question, "What is next?".  AXIS CONNECT stands alone in our philosophy of educating young professionals to push the boundaries of career possibilities, addressing the practical aspects of pursuing a career while providing valuable strategies for lifetime success and fulfillment. We achieve this by exposing dancers directly to industry leaders, nurturing individual strengths, and demonstrating that there are countless ways to thrive as a dance artist. The Barton sisters pride themselves in forming lifetime connections in the industry and lend dancers the necessary confidence to dream big and carve their own paths.

Guest Artists/Companies have included Crystal Pite/Kidd Pivot, Aszure Barton/ Aszure Barton and Artists, Sonya Tayeh (SYTYCD), Tony Testa, Stephanie Klemons/Hamilton an American Musical, Fiddler on the Roof (Hofesh Schecter, Broadway), Vincent Paterson (Michael Jackson, Madonna), Alexandra Damiani (Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet), Sarah Elgart (Arrogant Elbow), Alexandra Wells (Springboard, Juilliard), Cindy Salgado (Kidd Pivot), Teddy Forance (Shaping Sound), Andre & Leah (Dragone Productions), Alan Tudyk (Star Wars Rogue One), James Fayette (L.A. Dance Project), Joan Wulfsohn, Jessica Schatz, Jonathan Alsberry (AB&A.), Adam Barruch (Anatomiae Occultii), Lar Lubovich, Katarzyna Skarpeteowska, Robert James Hoffman, Julie Macdonald, Jim Keith, Lakey Wolff, Nathan Madden, Reed Luplau and more.

Auditions for the 2018 session will be held in NYC, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Dates TBD. We will also accept video submissions for dancers unable to attend auditions in person. Note that priority acceptance will be given to dancers who audition in person.


2017 PRICING:

NYC and LOS ANGELES (full intensive - 2 weeks:)  $1950

NYC - or - Los Angeles (half intensive - 1 week:) $1250


WHAT DOES THE INTENSIVE INCLUDE?

LOS ANGELES

  • Masterclasses 
  • Dance on Camera
  • Acting for Dancers
  • Daily technique class
  • Workshops/rehearsals with choreographers
  • Lectures/Q&A from industry leaders *
  • Performance opportunity
  • Exposure to potential employers
  • Invited guests including Presenters, Agents, Managers, and Artistic Directors
  • Learn about pursuing both commercial and concert dance
  • Lifetime connections to a network of high-level influencers in the performing arts and entertainment communities
  • Letter of reference **

NEW YORK CITY

  • Work with in-demand Choreographers/Companies
  • Daily technique class
  • 20+ hours of workshops/rehearsals with choreographers/companies
  • Lectures/Q&A from industry leaders *
  • In-studio showing
  • Exposure to potential employers
  • Invited guests including Presenters, Agents, Managers, and Artistic Directors  
  • Learn about pursuing both commercial and concert dance
  • Lifetime connections to a network of high-level influencers in the performing arts and entertainment communities
  • Letter of reference **

 

 

 

 

 

* Lectures such as networking, artist as entrepreneur, money management, meditation, dancer psychology, personal branding, sports medicine, immigration/visas. 

New York City and Los Angeles offer distinct opportunities for dancers, so we encourage our attendees to experience the full 2 week intensive. However, we acknowledge that some dancers may only be able to participate in one city. Priority will be given to attendees committed to the full intensive, however we will consider applications for each individual week. 

** Flight from NYC to Los Angeles is not covered, however assistance will be provided upon request for bookings via our travel coordinator for a minimal fee.

** Housing is not provided, however we encourage all our attendees to stay tuned for more information including travel and housing recommendations.