About Total Dance/Dancical Productions

Ajile Axam

Total Dance/Dancical Productions

Total Dance/Dancical Productions is located at 3201 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Atlanta, Georgia 30311. Total Dance/Dancical Productions, Inc. became a part of the fabric of the Adamsville Natatorium and Gymnasium beginning with the grand opening in 2003 as part of a pilot program serving as Company-in-Residence.

Adamsville Recreation Center is a 17.5 million dollar state-of-the-art facility. The amenities of this center include an Olympic size swimming pool, a gymnasium with seating for 1,000 spectators, a weight room, an aerobics room, a dance studio, and more.

The late Maynard Jackson and Councilman C.T. Martin fought for this state-of-the-art facility to be located in our community. As members of Total Dance/Dancical Productions,Inc. we are proud to participate in this historic legacy.

 

 

Philosophy

At Total Dance/Dancical Productions, Inc. we believe dance and the arts are fundamental components of society and should be available to all people. We believe dance and the performing arts are powerful tools and should be used for making a positive change in the world, and not solely for entertainment. We believe the essence of dance and the performing arts is to develop and create unity in one's mind, body, and spirit. Our concern is founded in people and art; process and product; and the enrichment of the person through the art form.

Our Mission

Service - To present arts education and entertainment for the positive enlightenment and up lifting of human kind.
Creation - To use cultural, performing, and dance arts as meaningful tools of communication and personal development.
Development - To commit to the growth of exceptional dance and performing artists, who in turn become great leaders and active members of their communities.
Research, Preserve, and Celebrate - To promote awareness and remembrance of African-American culture and artistry.
Diversity - To embrace and appreciate cultural diversity.
Celebrate - To celebrate life, health, fitness, and the human spirit.

History

1972-1979: The concept of presenting dance as a creative Arts Educational form was conceived by Terrie "Ajile" Axam; Founder and Artistic Director of Dancical Productions, Inc., while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Princeton University and graduate degree form Rutgers University in creative arts education.
1980-1983: Ajile opened the doors of Kumba Arts Studio, across from the Macon City Hall Building in Macon, Georgia. The studio served over 500 people providing professional instruction in experimental theatre dance and the performing arts.
1985: Total Dance Theatre was founded in Atlanta, Georgia. Housed in a classroom space in the Atlanta Arts Exchange, the program involved arts education and performance arts with meaningful messages.
1989: Moved to a storefront in Southwest Atlanta. The company was involved in the arts in the school program, outdoor festivals, and other cultural events throughout Fulton County and Metro Atlanta.
1990-1992: With increased enrollment and participation, Total Dance relocated to a large loft space in downtown Atlanta and continued to perform locally in schools, major theatres, and other cultural events.
1992: Total Dance Company became a part of Dancical Productions, an Arts Eduaction & Entertainment Corporation with a mission to reach more youth and adults in classes, workshops, and performances to bring about a positive change.
1993-1994: The professional company was elected U.S. Ambassadors to tour China. The program expanded and continued to include the Youth Company and Performing Arts Program.
1994-1997: Total Dance/Dancical Productions, Inc. produced "Fusion"; a national college tour. The original four sites became 200 by popular demand. 1998: Total Dance/ Dancical Productions, Inc. tour production, "Fusion" was selected to perform in Senegal, West Africa. This cultural program included TDT Espirit (Youth Company).
1999: Total Dance moved to to the Historical Auburn Avenue Studio Plex.
2000: In order to become more integrated into our community, Total Dance moved into southwest Atlanta on Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.
2003-Present: We relocated under the City of Atlanta to the new Adamsville Recreational Center serving as Company-in-Residence.