Artistic Staff

Marques Monroe, Associate Artistic Director

marques monroe, axxiom danceMarques is a San Diego native, who found a passion in dance at an early age, but lacked the encouragement to pursue it. It wasn’t until 2002, in his first year of college, that Marques ran into Joei Waldron and Terri Wilson, who urged him to explore his passion. Soon after, dance became his main focus in college and life. Partnering with Joei to start AXXIOM Dance Collective, he quickly caught the eye of companies such as Forward to Breath, D’shire Dance Collective, and Patricia Rincon Dance Collective. Currently, Marques resides in Seattle, WA and after a hiatus is excited and happy to rejoin his fellow dancers in AXXIOM.

Julia Katcher, Associate Director/Dancer 

julie katcher, axxiom danceJulia Katcher is a graduate from the University of Iowa with a BFA in dance. She has been involved in all genres of dance since she was five. Her dance performances include; Youth in Action, Dancer’s in Company, Jennifer Kayle + Company, Bo jangles; A Day of Tap Dance Chicago, Chicago Human Rhythm Project Scholarship Winner, Duarte Dance Works, Excel Dance Productions. Her theater performances include, Kiss me Kate, Mame, 42nd Street, The Music Man, Tales of Trickery, and the Adventures of Paddington bear. Other appearances by her include, Body painting: Red Bull promotion and Bad Father’s Music Video. Some of her choreographic credentials include being the Artistic Director of ‘F’resh Grooves a hip hop company based out of Iowa City. She has been dancing and choreographing for AXXIOM Dance Collective since 2006 and has enjoyed every minute of the process. She has a huge knowledge of the body and how it moves through her personal training background and currently has received her certification as an Ayurvedic Wellness Coach. To her dance is a constant practice of the mind, body and soul. “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.”  – Shakespeare.

Alejandra Ortega, Choreographer/Secretary 

alejandra ortega, axxiom danceAle Ortega started dancing in high school as a member of the Sweetwater Dance Team. Ale has trained in ballet, jazz, modern and tap dance. Ale has studied at San Diego City College and Mesa College. Ale has been a member of AXXIOM since 2004. Ale works alongside Joei and assists with the running of AXXIOM. Ale is a valued member of AXXIOM and its continued success. Ale is also a member of the newly formed AXXIOM Alum.


Shawn McCombs, Stage Manager 

shawn mccombs, axxiom danceShawn has trained in ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz and musical theater. Shawn is currently a Technical Theater major at Palomar College. Shawn is also pursuing a second degree in Western European dance. After graduation Shawn plans to pursue a career in technical theater support.