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Dance Company Brings "Physically Integrated" Dance to Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University

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Dance Company Brings "Physically Integrated" Dance to Samuel Merritt University

(Oakland, California - October 31, 2011) AXIS Dance Company, featuring dancers with and without disabilities, will perform at Samuel Merritt University on Monday, October 31.  The free performance showcases traditional dance and incorporates dancers with disabilities, a community which historically has virtually been excluded from the art form.

This dance company's mission is to change the way audiences think about dance and the capabilities of the human body.  Audiences unaccustomed to seeing such inventive movement generated from what could be considered limitation may find themselves re-evaluating their own ideas of artistic perfection.

"The University is committed as seeing disability as part of diversity and promoting efforts for greater understanding and acceptance of healthcare professionals, faculty, and classmates who have disabilities," said Diane Hansen, Director of Academic and Disability Support Services at Samuel Merritt University.

AXIS Dance Company was founded in 1987, and since its inception as a local California Bay Area dance company, it has become a jewel of contemporary dance and disability culture.  It's goal is to create and perform contemporary dance that is developed through the collaboration of dancers with and without disabilities and to promote and support physically integrated dance locally, nationally and internationally.

When: Monday, October 31 from 12pm - 1pm

Where: Health Education Center - 400 Hawthorne St. Oakland, 94609 - Bechtel Room

Media Contact: Elizabeth Valente, 510.725.7980

Samuel Merritt University, located in Oakland, California, has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909.  Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine.  For more information visit www.samuelmerritt.edu.