Axis Connect

Axis Connect An educational and networking platform for emerging and professional dancers to advance their careers as versatile, well-connected, and fearless artists.
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Cherice and Charissa Barton, recognized by audiences and critics as leaders in the entertainment and performing arts industries, share award-winning careers in dance, spanning over thirty years in thirty-five countries across six continents. With a unique eye for transforming dance into inspired, emotional and visually stunning work, from the stage to the screen, the Barton sisters have collaborat

Cherice and Charissa Barton, recognized by audiences and critics as leaders in the entertainment and performing arts industries, share award-winning careers in dance, spanning over thirty years in thirty-five countries across six continents. With a unique eye for transforming dance into inspired, emotional and visually stunning work, from the stage to the screen, the Barton sisters have collaborat

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Axis co-founder @charissabarton listening for a musical cue ... hold ... listen ... breathe ... GO! These days feel like...
07/13/2020

Axis co-founder @charissabarton listening for a musical cue ... hold ... listen ... breathe ... GO! These days feel like an opportune time to listen for all the cues ... cues to be still, cues to improvise, cues to be patient, and cues to take action. Life is a dance. PC: @cherylmannphotography #musicality #patience #action

#blackouttuesday
06/02/2020

#blackouttuesday

The internet is saturated with gratitude platitudes, so they're easy to dismiss. The truth is (and there is science to b...
04/30/2020

The internet is saturated with gratitude platitudes, so they're easy to dismiss. The truth is (and there is science to back this up!) connecting with gratitude is a powerful game-changer. It is incredibly effective. And we have access to it whenever we choose. Set a reminder for yourself to connect with gratitude daily, and you'll feel the ripple effects in your life. We are so grateful for our Axis Connect family, and feel it on the regular :) PC: Cheryl Mann Productions

Oh how we miss this!!! There will come a time when we'll be able to embrace each other again. It may be a while, and we ...
04/28/2020

Oh how we miss this!!! There will come a time when we'll be able to embrace each other again. It may be a while, and we may all be wearing face masks, but we most certainly will be hugging again. Research shows that hugging for at least 6 seconds releases oxytocin and serotonin in the brain. How GREAT is that?! PC: @cherylmannphotography

“Axis Connect has truly helped me find my footing in LA. Aside from the summer program being a wonderful challenge, Axis...
04/16/2020

“Axis Connect has truly helped me find my footing in LA. Aside from the summer program being a wonderful challenge, Axis helped me to get connected with the dance community in LA. I am proud and honored to be a part of the Axis family!” - Lorrin Brubaker

Thank you, Lorrin, we love you! PC: @cherylmannphoto

So privileged to have Spenser Theberge among our guest faculty at Axis Connect! A true artist, an incredible mover, and ...
04/13/2020

So privileged to have Spenser Theberge among our guest faculty at Axis Connect! A true artist, an incredible mover, and a great teacher, Spenser inspires us every day with bold creations, outrageous talent and beautiful spirit. He is teaching Ballet on Instagram Live at 10am PDT during quarantine! Take advantage y'all! He is one of the best. #danceartist #carveyourownpath

The Axis Connect 2019 NYC session was held at the incredible Juilliard School studios. What an honor to have such a rich...
04/09/2020

The Axis Connect 2019 NYC session was held at the incredible Juilliard School studios. What an honor to have such a rich learning experience in a space that for decades has captured the energy and history of art and artists honing their skills. PC: @alicechaconphotography

It is a privilege to have the support and presence of masterful Jim Vincent at Axis Connect. PC: Cheryl Mann Productions
04/06/2020

It is a privilege to have the support and presence of masterful Jim Vincent at Axis Connect. PC: Cheryl Mann Productions

Power and grace in action! Dancers are superhuman, spending countless years perfecting our craft, finding strength, tech...
04/02/2020

Power and grace in action! Dancers are superhuman, spending countless years perfecting our craft, finding strength, technique, creativity, collaboration, musicality, self-awareness, constant growth ... the list goes on. Pictured here is is beautiful Jordan Stephens during the Axis Connect 2019 session. PC: Cheryl Mann Photography

We believe that artists should always seek to develop skills that expand on their primary abilities, in order to become ...
03/30/2020

We believe that artists should always seek to develop skills that expand on their primary abilities, in order to become more well-rounded artists. Every year, we bring in a vocal teacher to help attendees find and engage their voices - a super important part of the physical instrument. Pictured here is broadway star @jaredgertner1 working with our 2019 group. Jared is super skilled at working with dancers specifically, and currently offers online sessions for those looking to keep their voices active during this pandemic. PC: @cherylmannphoto

We're missing our Axis Connect family! Hope everyone is staying virtually connected, healthy, and optimistic. We love yo...
03/26/2020

We're missing our Axis Connect family! Hope everyone is staying virtually connected, healthy, and optimistic. We love you Axis Connect Artists! PC: @cherylmannphoto

Beautiful Chloe Enriquez assisting at Axis Connect! Hoping everyone is making use of this time to connect more deeply wi...
03/23/2020

Beautiful Chloe Enriquez assisting at Axis Connect! Hoping everyone is making use of this time to connect more deeply with personal values while also keeping connected with those you love. Stay healthy everyone.

We hope you're all taking good care of yourselves and practicing social distancing as we face these new, global challeng...
03/19/2020

We hope you're all taking good care of yourselves and practicing social distancing as we face these new, global challenges! There are plenty of live-streaming classes being offered, which is an excellent way to stay connected and to keep movin' and dancin'. Hooray for kitchen counter ballet barres! PC: Cheryl Mann Productions at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.

Happy Birthday to our resident acting teacher Alan Tudyk! We are so grateful for your affection for Axis Connect, and fo...
03/16/2020

Happy Birthday to our resident acting teacher Alan Tudyk! We are so grateful for your affection for Axis Connect, and for your sincere investment in teaching Axis dancers some rad acting skilllllllz. We love you! #alantudyk #actingclass

Axis Connect is about connection. We connect with like-minded artists, connect with community, and connect with our deep...
03/12/2020

Axis Connect is about connection. We connect with like-minded artists, connect with community, and connect with our deepest selves, calling for surrender, vulnerability, and optimism. Nicole Ashley Morris and Cheryl Mann Productions captured this feeling so beautifully in a moment during Cherice Barton's class at Axis last year. #surrender #vulnerability

Axis Connect invites guest artists who have not only excelled in their careers, but also bring a spirit of generosity an...
03/05/2020

Axis Connect invites guest artists who have not only excelled in their careers, but also bring a spirit of generosity and a willingness to share their own stories. Tony Testa, pictured here with Axis dancers Summer Gan, Laura Braid and Nicole Liebeler, is one of those special artists. PC: @cherylmannphotography

What a view! Nothing better than being in a room full of hungry dancers ready to learn, do, and grow! #AxisfamilyPC Alic...
10/11/2019

What a view! Nothing better than being in a room full of hungry dancers ready to learn, do, and grow! #Axisfamily

PC Alice Chacon #carveyourownpath #axisconnect #flashbackfriday

A #WaybackWednesday to @chericebarton teaching some original choreography to our Axis Students. Working on story telling...
10/09/2019

A #WaybackWednesday to @chericebarton teaching some original choreography to our Axis Students. Working on story telling, expression and detail goes a long way!

PC Alice Chacon
#carveyourownpath #axisconnect

For our #MondayMoves today we have @laurambraid getting down in @charissabarton class this summer. Have a great week eve...
10/08/2019

For our #MondayMoves today we have @laurambraid getting down in @charissabarton class this summer. Have a great week everyone!

PC Alice Chacon
#mondaymoves #axisconnect #carveyourownpath

Axis alum @coleashley_ serving some attitude this Saturday! It was such a pleasure having you back to assist @chericebar...
09/28/2019

Axis alum @coleashley_ serving some attitude this Saturday! It was such a pleasure having you back to assist @chericebarton this summer.
PC Alice Chacon #Axis NY #carveyourownpath #FBF

Taking a second to look back at all the amazing memories from this past summer... Hope everyone is having a great week. ...
09/26/2019

Taking a second to look back at all the amazing memories from this past summer... Hope everyone is having a great week.
PC Alice Chacon #bicostalplatform #axisconnect

For our very first #MondayMoves here we have dancer @chris_critelli taking us back to @chericebarton 's masterclassPC Al...
09/23/2019

For our very first #MondayMoves here we have dancer @chris_critelli taking us back to @chericebarton 's masterclass
PC Alice Chacon
#axisconnect #bicostalplatform #mondaymoves

Our very own @charissabarton movin' and groovin' while teaching some steps in her New York masterclass. #fridaymoodPC Al...
09/20/2019

Our very own @charissabarton movin' and groovin' while teaching some steps in her New York masterclass. #fridaymood
PC Alice Chacon #choreographer #carveyourownpath

Learning, absorbing and deep lunging in Cherice Barton’s masterclass in NYC this summer. Hoping all our Axis 2019 dancer...
09/14/2019

Learning, absorbing and deep lunging in Cherice Barton’s masterclass in NYC this summer. Hoping all our Axis 2019 dancers are killing it this fall, with a plethora of knowledge and ripped thighs! 😉
PC: Alice Chacone #bicostalplatform #carveyourownpath

Throwing it BACK to Axis Connect summer in NYC #throwbackthursday PC: Alice Chacone
09/12/2019

Throwing it BACK to Axis Connect summer in NYC #throwbackthursday PC: Alice Chacone

That’s a wrap for Axis Connect 2019! 54 dancers. 22 guest artists. Our hearts are full from an incredible 3 weeks in New...
08/24/2019

That’s a wrap for Axis Connect 2019! 54 dancers. 22 guest artists. Our hearts are full from an incredible 3 weeks in New York and Los Angeles! New discoveries made, ideas exchanged, connections formed and so much DANCING all made for a memorable and truly life-changing experience. We got to know each and every dancer, and now look forward to watching them soar in their lives and careers! PC: Cheryl Mann #carveyourownpath #bicoastalplatform

TONY TESTA! 🙌🏻 Day 1 in LA with the master,himself, transformed our bodies from airplane-mode to an insane floppy inflat...
08/14/2019

TONY TESTA! 🙌🏻 Day 1 in LA with the master,himself, transformed our bodies from airplane-mode to an insane floppy inflatable groove and we haven’t stopped, yet ;) #flipitandreverseit ❤️ u Tony! 🙌🏻🙏🏻✈️😊 #axisconnect #bicoastal PC: @cherylmannphoto #msafam @chericebarton @charissabarton @tonytesta7fd0

We are thrilled to welcome Julie Mcdonald back to Axis Connect LA! A pioneer in the field of dance and choreography repr...
08/14/2019

We are thrilled to welcome Julie Mcdonald back to Axis Connect LA! A pioneer in the field of dance and choreography representation, she formed MSA with Tony Selznick. Their clients represent a who’s who in the world of dance on tv, film, stage, Broadway and beyond. Julie was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Choreographer’s Carnival. Julie proudly represents Axis Connect directors Cherice and Charissa Barton. #msafam

Fly, dancers!! 🦅 ✈️ Our dancers flew to LA this past weekend, inspired and ready to continue the #axisconnect bicoastal ...
08/13/2019

Fly, dancers!! 🦅 ✈️
Our dancers flew to LA this past weekend, inspired and ready to continue the #axisconnect bicoastal experience on the west coast.
Pc: Miguel Aviles
With @chris_critelli @nicholas.aleksandr @juanmiguelposada

It all begins with technique! Josh Bergasse leading our dancers through warm up in his workshop on Axis Connect 2019 day...
08/08/2019

It all begins with technique! Josh Bergasse leading our dancers through warm up in his workshop on Axis Connect 2019 day one! PC: Miguel Aviles

Axis Connect directors Cherice and Charissa Barton with friend and respected colleague Broadway Choreographer Josh Princ...
08/07/2019

Axis Connect directors Cherice and Charissa Barton with friend and respected colleague Broadway Choreographer Josh Prince of Dance Lab New York! Josh ran a mock audition with our dancers, guiding them through the process of what it means to listen to direction, being specific, having intention and bringing your best selves into the space. PC: Miguel Aviles

Stunning Axis Connect 2019 dancers reaching through their arms, legs and whole lotta HEART in Josh Bergasse's workshop! ...
08/05/2019

Stunning Axis Connect 2019 dancers reaching through their arms, legs and whole lotta HEART in Josh Bergasse's workshop! PC: Miguel Aviles

Emmy award winning Broadway choreographer Josh Bergasse kicked off Axis Connect 2019 with a BANG! Leading an insightful ...
08/04/2019

Emmy award winning Broadway choreographer Josh Bergasse kicked off Axis Connect 2019 with a BANG! Leading an insightful workshop paired with beautiful choreography, Josh shared insider tips with our dancers, including kick-starting ones career on Broadway, choreographing on Broadway, working on television and beyond. #carveyourownpath #triplethreat PC: Miguel Aviles @Maviles5

Axis Connect 2019 has arrived!! We just completed an INTENSE first week. Taking in new energy and inspiration, our dance...
08/04/2019

Axis Connect 2019 has arrived!! We just completed an INTENSE first week. Taking in new energy and inspiration, our dancers have already experienced intimate and incredibly insightful in-studio experiences with Camille A. Brown, Josh Bergasse, Josh Prince, Nigel Campbell, Kirven Boyd, Seth Stewart, Alan Tudyk, Cherice and Charissa Barton! And we still have two weeks to go. Life changing!!! 🙌🏻😊🙏🏻 so much gratitude. PC: @Miguel Aviles @maviles5

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AXIS CONNECT brings together world-class dance artists from around the world for classes, creative process, rehearsals, networking and performance opportunities in both Los Angeles and New York City. We are a community of artists carving our own paths. Acceptance into the program is by audition only. 21st century dancers require the skills to approach their careers strategically to conquer fears of financial instability, threat of injury, lack of connections, and anxiety that comes with being an artist at this time. Axis Connect stands alone in our philosophy of educating young professionals to push the boundaries of career possibilities, while providing valuable strategies for lifetime success and fulfillment. We achieve this by answering questions, nurturing individual strengths, and exposing dancers to essential experiences not typically addressed in dance education. The Barton sisters pride themselves in forming lifetime connections for dancers in the industry and lending the necessary confidence to dream big and carve their own paths. Upon acceptance into the program, dancers experience two weeks of workshops in both Los Angeles and New York City with world-renowned choreographers and directors, learning repertoire, developing new work, and in many cases gaining employment. On the final day of the intensive, a showing of repertoire is presented for an invited audience, including presenters, agents, managers, choreographers, and artistic directors.

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L.A. dancers! Go, go, go see this tonight! Vincent Paterson will also be doing a Q & A post screening! Don't miss this opportunity to once again learn from a master and hear of his uniquely successful and heartfelt journey throughout his magnificent career. xo Cherice