Axis Connect brings together high-caliber dance artists - choreographers, dancers, teachers, and industry leaders - from around the World for two weeks of intensive classes, workshops, creative process, rehearsals, panels, networking, and performance opportunities in both Los Angeles and New York City.
Since its inaugural year in 2016, Axis Connect has created a community of over 200 dancers, choreographers, directors, agents, managers, producers and teachers, providing a safe place for emerging artists to find a strong sense of self amidst fellow creatives.
Many of Axis Connect's dancers have been employed as a direct result of the program, working with Barton Movement, Hamilton on Broadway, Sonya Tayeh, The Mowgli's, on television shows, video campaigns, short films and more. Many dancers have also signed with talent agencies in NYC and Los Angeles.
2018 PROGRAM DATES:
JULY 29th - AUGUST 3rd IN LOS ANGELES at USC GLORYA KAUFMAN DANCE CENTER
AUGUST 6th -AUGUST 10th IN NYC at BARYSHNIKOV ARTS CENTER
Acceptance into the program is by audition only. Auditions for the 2018 session were held in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
2019 AUDITION DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
Work study scholarships for 2018 were made available to select dancers. Scholarship application forms will be available to dancers upon request after pre-registration for 2019.
"Amazing amazing amazing! There is nothing more inspiring to me than young artists climbing that mountain. What we all learn is that journey never ends and we never want it to end…it is treacherous, compelling, passionate and inspiring. I could see the fierce determination on all of your dancers…thank you for allowing me to share in your process." - Richard Corman
Led by founders Cherice and Charissa Barton, the mission of Axis Connect is to help enable emerging and professional dancers to carve their own paths as fearless, connected artists. We bridge the gap between the commercial and concert dance worlds, and aim to connect dance communities across the US. During the intensive, we immerse our dancers in both the NYC and Los Angeles dance scenes. We provide the necessary transition between the institution and professional dance industry by providing the experience, skills, and exposure necessary for career success.
Photo credit: Nicole Rivelli