What They Are Saying…


“The program ended with the Axxiom Dance Collective in “Awet,” an ambitious, well-directed look back at the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, choreographed by Joei Waldron. Expressive dancers burst out of the wings and attacked each other with fists and bamboo staves. Authentic movement and the constant layering of action made the brutal conflict seem all too real. For the resolution and finale, the multi-ethnic cast of 17 gradually shifted the mood to a celebration with hip-hop rhythms and three drummers on the stage”. – Kris Eitland,

“Axxiom Dance Collective offered a fine contemporary ballet that conjured disturbing images of women in bondage, abusive relationships, and many more. The choreography was demanding for dancers, one moment calm and fluid, the next furious and visceral..” – Kris Eitland,

“He choreographed two very powerful dances”. – Shahrazad Encinias, Palomar News

“I knew that eventually I would find the group that would move me back in time. That moment came when I found the urban street dancing troupe, “Axxiom Dance Collective.” I watched their rhythmic fusion of modern, funk and hip-hop and remembered the days of my own Jammers. I stood in front, sweating close to the dancers, and a part of me danced with them”. – Lullen Smiley, Del Mar Times

“If there was an award given for the choreographer who raised social awareness the most it would go to Joei Waldron. The song and dance beautifully meshed to expose the hardships of homosexuality in the modern world” – Shahrazad Encinias – Palomar News

“The two men from Axxiom Dance Theatre revealed wonderful energy and eye contact in a stand off duet that included a chair”. – Kris Eitland –

“Kudos to Axxiom Dance Collective for their extraordinary presentation of Awet. They never cease to inspire our youth with their passion and movement”. – Catherine Corral, TranscenDANCE Youth Arts Project

“The final dance of the night was by far the most fun and intriguing to the audience. Dances of Freedom, revealed many different dances from African American culture. The knockout final performance by Axxiom and Palomar dancers was a triumphant end to a great show”.- Shahrazad Encinias – Palomar News

“Contemporary dancing was magnificent! The story with the table was outstanding. Very captivating! Love the leaps & extensions. Just beautiful & breathtaking”. – Joseph Villena, Pacific Arts Dance Studio

“Two pieces in particular stand out in my mind. The first, “Dead Hearts”, depicted the devastating effects of bullying. The dancers in this piece came with so much emotion, and really told the story with both their bodies and their face”. – Ruth Sherlock-5, 6, 7,8 concert review

“They did a heart-rending piece on the subject of bullying. I wish my church youth group could have seen it…brilliant and deeply moving. Made me cry”. – Bill Murray

“Windows Within,” choreographed by Joei Waldron of Axxiom Dance Collective, was a powerful male duet that featured impressive turns, leaps and extensions on behalf of the dancers. While the interaction between the men was emotion-filled, I wondered whether it was a piece about two individuals or rather a single individual who may be struggling within (as suggested by the title). Regardless of the specific narrative, the theme of yearning and struggle was evident and well performed by these athletic dancers who were powerful and passionate. – Beth Megill, Dancing Poetess Blog

“Michael Reid and John Paul Lawson, where have you been all my life? Reid and Lawson are both big, powerful athlete-dancers, guys where you take one look and worry they;ll be muscle bound. Happily, though, both are ballet trained and they combine all that power with clean, graceful lines, making their pirouettes and wheeling leaps the highlight of Axxiom Dance Collective’s show at the Vine on Sunday evening. In particular, they were stunning in “Windows Within” a duet by artistic director Joei Waldron in which the men seem to struggle against but then accept their mutual attraction. If the Diversionary Theater is repeating Hot Guys Dancing next season, this dance would be perfect.” – Janice Steinberg,

“Jennika Grace created two group pieces in which 12 or more dancers did quick pivots and jazzy, angular moves, really selling the dance….” – Janice Steinberg,

“Reid’s “Stimela” was also infectious fun” Janice Steinberg–

“Hip hop artist Seiha Vor blended delicate arm gestures into “It Happens” and salsa into the duet “Latin Spices” in an intriguing conversation between hip hop and other styles.” – Janice Steinberg,

“I liked the play with kickboxing moves in Julia Katcher’s “Yin and Yang” – Janice Steinberg,