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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!



Thank you to our Gold Sponsors!



Thank you to our Event Partners! 



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Pisa Za Congo Dance Co. | AirAligned


The Miners Foundry is pleased to present the Pisa Za Congo Dance Company with Vivien Bassouamina and AirAligned aerial dance group with Tresa Honaker on Friday, March 17, 2017.  The  Pisa Za Congo Dance Company features live drummers and dance as pure, spiritual, primal energy.  AirAligned aeral dance group offers theatrical aerial dance with stunning choreography and breahtaking moves.  A Question & Answer session will take place after the performances.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the Performance begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 General Admission and are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

Tresa Honaker, Artistic Director of AirAligned aerial dance group will present a workshop on Wednesday, March 15.  The workshop is open to the general public, ages 10 and older.  Pre-registration is required.  To register, please click HERE.


Pisa Za Congo Dance Company

The mission of Pisa Za Congo Dance Company is to share our hearts with the world through powerful performance! We aim to impact peoples’ lives by spreading the joy of dance!


AirAligned aerial dance group

AirAligned aerial dance group was formed in 2002 by Artistic Director Tresa Honaker. Unlike traditional circus performers AirAligned members consist of formally trained dancers. AirAligned is a theatrical aerial dance group. Productions are beautifully choreographed and athletically executed. The group has received additional training in the aerial arts from Ingrid Hoffman, Hollywood Aerial Arts and Cirque LA in Los Angeles, Trapeze Arts in Oakland and San Francisco Circus Center.


Nevada City Dance Festival

The Nevada City Dance Festival is presented with assistance from a California Arts Council Local Impact Grant.  The CAC Local-Impact Grant of $10,800 is a matching grant, and as such, requries the support of the community which it has been awarded.  Ticket sales alone will not help us match the grant funds.  Sponsorships are critical to the on-going success ofthe Nevada City Dance Festival.  The goals of the Nevada City Dance Festival are:

  • Exposure of a wide range of local dance students to professional choreography.
  • Exposure of professional dance companies to Nevada County and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center
  • Developing the foundation for long-term relationships with professional dance companies and encouraging formation of permanent residency programs in our community.
  • Nuturing community involvement in the creative artistic processes of professional dance.

Thank you to our Festival Underwriters:

Courtyard Suites
Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli
Three Forks Bakery & Brewery

Thank you to our dance partners:

Nevada Union High School Theatrical Dance Department
Holt Ballet Conservatory
Sierra Dance Institute
KSK Dance Collective