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Parade and Celebration for Evan Strong ~ Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Evan Strong ~ Overcoming The Unexpected

Evan StrongThe Nevada City Chamber of Commerce will host a parade and celebration for Paralympian Gold Medalist Evan Strong on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.  Pre-event festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Parade is at 6:00 p.m. on Broad Street, Nevada City.  Paralympian gold medalist snowboarder Evan Strong and his family will be welcomed back to Nevada City with a hero’s homecoming parade through the heart of downtown.  The parade will be followed by a celebration at the Miners Foundry featuring live music, food and drink, along with autograph and photo opportunities with Evan and his gold medal.  Donated items including snowboards and other athletic gear will be raffled to benefit Nevada County’s FREED Center for Independent Living and Adaptive Action Sports based in Summit County, Colorado.




Evan Strong 2Nevada City resident Evan Strong grew up in Maui and excelled at skateboarding from an early age.  At 17 he lost his left leg as the result of a car accident.  Through the Challenged Athletes Foundation in La Jolla, CA and Adaptive Action Sports in Summit County, CO, Strong was introduced to and inspired by hundreds of challenged athletes.  With the support of his family, Evan began training again and added snowboarding to his list of athletic endeavors, highlighted by his gold medal performance at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.





Akim Aginksy

Akim Aginksy


The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.  

The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support Evan Strong and FREED.


AXIS Dance Company with AirAligned ~ Sunday, September 15, 2013 ~ 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. ~ $25.00

AXIS Dance Company ~ “Point to Something”

Miners Foundry, in co-production with Center Stage Dance Studio and FREED Center for Independent Living, presents Oakland based AXIS Dance Company on Sunday, September 15, 2013, in two performances.  AXIS is one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensemble of performers with and without disabilities.  Grass Valley’s own popular AirAligned aerial dance group will be featured in the first half of the program.  Tresa Honaker, Artistic Director, will give her first performance since a spinal cord injury last year.

Through the magic of dance, the performances will enlighten, educate, and entertain audiences while creating new awareness of and respect for people with disabilities.  AXIS Dance Company and AirAligned featuring Tresa Honaker will harness the power of dance as a performing to break down the stigma of disability and empower people with disabilities to become productive and independent citizens.  The performances will feature a no-host bar.  Tickets are $25.00 and are available online, by phone or in person at Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.


AXIS Dance Company.  Be prepared to leave your preconceptions at the door.  AXIS will change the way you think about dance and the possibilities of the human body forever.  Founded in 1987, AXIS has become a jewel in the contemporary dance scene and the disability community.  Under the artistic direction of Judith Smith, the Company has performed in over 75 cities nationwide as well as Europe and Siberia.


Their list of collaborators reads like a Who’s Who of contemporary dance, Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronia, Joe Goode, Margaret Jenkins, and many others.  AXIS is also known for its unparalleled education / outreach program for kids and adults of all abilities.

“… magnificently powerful and unlike what you’ll see elsewhere.” ~ Chicago Tribune.

AXIS Dance Company

AirAligned Aerial Dance Group

AirAligned aerial dance group was formed in 2004 by artistic director Tresa Honaker.  Unlike traditional circus performers, Air Aligned members consist of formally trained dancers, acrobats, and martial artists.  Their annual sold-out productions are beautifully choreographed and athletically executed with guest artists from Los Angeles and the Bay Area.  They are an active component of the Nevada County dance scene with yearly performances in The Starz Show, Winterdance, and benefit shows.  The AirAligned Academy was established in 2008.

“Outstanding athleticism…artistically compelling… Tresa Honaker’s choreography and direction are awe inspiring.” ~ Prospector Magazine, The Union Newspaper


Photo by Kat Alves

In addition to producing the debut performance of AXIS Dance Company in Nevada County, Miners Foundry is also inaugurating the Osborn/Woods Hall as a professional dance venue.  The new wooden floor installed in the Osborn/Woods Hall beautifies the hall, lightens the room, improves acoustics, and provides an elegant and professional space for  dance companies.

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.   The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County dance community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

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The Miners Foundry is proud to present AXIS Dance Company and could not do so without the generous support of the following businesses, individuals, and organizations.

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors!



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