AXIS Dance Company

Changing the face of dance and disability

AXIS Dance Company exists to change the face of dance and disability. Based in Oakland, CA, it’s one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities. Under the artistic direction of Judith Smith, the company has collaborated with leading contemporary choreographers and composers, including Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Joe Goode, Victoria Marks, Ann Carlson, David Dorfman and Alex Ketley.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, AXIS will perform their new work, to go again at the Lied Center. This work revolves around Veterans stories of resilience. 

AXIS has toured major dance venues and festivals in more than 100 cities nationwide as well as internationally to Europe and Russia. The company was featured twice on FOX TV’s So You Think You Can Dance as well as on KQED’s SPARK program and KRCB’s One in 5 Stories. AXIS’ work has been honored with seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards.

Additional Events

  • Creative Movement, Improvisation and Modern Dance: A Mixed-Ability Workshop • Wednesday, November 9, 1:00 pm • Lied Center Pavilion
    In this free mixed-ability workshop, we will explore creative movement, improvisation and modern dance techniques. This class is geared to people 16-years-old and up, with and without disabilities. Some level of dance, athletic or movement experience is preferred. RSVP to or call 785-864-2795
  • AXIS Dance Company’s Veteran Workshop • Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 pm • Lied Center Pavilion
    Join this free lecture/demonstration to see excerpts of the work up close and learn more about how AXIS has engaged with Veteran populations around the U.S.  This class is appropriate for veterans and their families and friends. People with and without disabilities are welcome. No dance experience necessary.  RSVP to April Strange, KU Student Veteran Center Director: 785-864-6715, 
  • Interactive workshop and Q&A • Thursday, November 10,  3:30 pm • The Jay, Kansas Union
    Sponsored by SUA. Free and open to the public. 
  • Post-performance Q&A with the dance company • Friday, November 11, 9:30 pm • Lied Center Pavilion
    Refreshments will be available.
Beverage Service  available at Concessions. Click to learn more.

“There is no more defiant a land that I can think of than AXIS. They showed me what dance could be.” Bill T. Jones

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Artist Links

AXIS Website


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