AXIS founder, disability rights activist Judith Smith shines in TV profile


Our good friend Judy Smith and her AXIS Dance Company were just featured in an ABC-affiliate in San Francisco KGO-TV four-minute profile that tracks the origins of AXIS as well as the road Judy has traveled since a car accident some 40 years ago left her paralyzed.  Nevertheless, it did not deter her from co-founding AXIS in 1987 and turning the dance company into an internationally-recognized integrated dance program.

Her advocacy work led to the first-ever National Convening on the Future of Physically Integrated Dance in the USA, followed by six regional town halls throughout the country in 2016. This project was supported by the prestigious Doris Duke Charitable Foundation National Project Program. She serves on numerous conference panels, arts review panels and is on the advisory board of the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, The National Art and Disability Center, Dancers’ Group and Bates Dance Festival.

Watch the video HERE.