Tustin, CA

Founding Company Member, Backhausdance
MFA in Choreography, Jacksonville University
BFA in Dance Performance, BA in Communication Arts, Chapman University

Amanda Kay White is a founding/current member of Orange County, California’s critically acclaimed dance company Backhausdance. She is an alumna of Chapman University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Advertising. Amanda recently graduated with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University in April of 2016. As an extension of her thesis work she traveled to Finland to partake in the inaugural Dance Hack, where new differing avenues of technology converged with the moving human form. Additionally, her written thesis was accepted into the prestigious International Academic Forum on the City in Barcelona, Spain. Her inventive choreographic works have been showcased at Highways Performance Space, Pasadena Dance Festival, American Celebration, The Core Collective, Epilepsy Network Benefit Concert, Chapman Touring Company, American College Dance Festival, and MixMatch Dance Festival. Amanda is currently on faculty at Santa Ana College, Chapman University, Orange County School of the Arts, and South Coast Conservatory. Along with teaching at SCC, she is the executive advisor to their national award winning dance team and managing director of the jazz department. In 2009 she founded Compass Dance Company, a pre-professional contemporary dance company for emerging artists ages 14 and up. By engaging, expressing, and innovating Compass Dance Company reaches out to the community through dance.



Dancers will explore a wide range of approaches to the art of choreography. Students will be encouraged to find their own choreographic voice while using a number of tools and ideas presented.

Description coming soon.

Students will work alongside Backhausdance company members to recreate sections from signature choreographic works. Phrasework and partnering sequences will be explored from a diverse cross-section of Backhausdance repertory. For those participating in the culmination performance, daily attendance is mandatory.