The Backhausdance Artist Series features periodic master classes taught by internationally-recognized, concert dance choreographers and dance artists.
Advanced and collegiate dancers ages 15+
Orange County School of the Arts
Marybelle Musco Dance Center
906 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701
$30/class, $50/2-class pack
Online registration required.
10:00am to 11:30am
ISRAELI PERFORMER & CHOREOGRAPHER
Israeli performer and choreographer Shahar Binyamini, born in 1988 in Lod, Israel, danced in the Batsheva Dance Company from 2007-2013 and performed extensively the repertoire of Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal. Today, he creates choreographies for theaters and companies such as Frontier Danceland Company in Singapore and D.I.N in Sweden, as well as videos installations and sculptures which he presents in theaters, museums and galleries in Israel and abroad. During Shahar’s 90-minute class, students will learn key tools for improvisation and set material from Shahar's repertoire.
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Samuel Wentz, originally from North Dakota, has worked with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Wally Cardona + Jennifer Lacey, Mark Morris, Gerald Casel, Jmy Kidd, and Christopher Williams. His contemporary technique class begins with simple, somatics-based exercises that allow us to locate, ground, and mobilize our parts into a coordinated whole, followed by large moving phrases that require us to simplify and hone in on our own habitual movement patterns. Phrases are built upon the ideas of architecture, momentum, buoyancy and our relationship to gravity. Sam’s class is influenced by his studies of Alexander Technique, Klein Technique, Gerald Casel, and the body of Trisha Brown’s work.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, YIN YUE DANCE COMPANY
Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Yin Yue studied classical ballet technique, Chinese classical and folk dance. After graduating with a MFA in dance from NYU's Tisch School of The Arts in 2008, Yin quickly gained attention as a highly original choreographer and performer. She’s been selected as Artist In Resident at 92Y Dance Center, received first place in Choreography at the Shanghai Professional Performance Competition, won Hubbard Street Dance Chicago International Commissioning Project, BalletX Choreographic Fellowship, and Northwest Dance Project 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition. Her 90-minute class will explore strong physical movement, investigate her innovative dance style "FoCo Technique," and utilize gestures to explore the unique personality and universal emotion of each student.
ZAK RYAN SCHLEGEL
DANCER, SHEN WEI DANCE ARTS
Schlegel, an internationally-recognized dance artist, choreographer and teacher, is the artistic director of LA-based AXIOM Dance Theatre and company member of Shen Wei Dance Arts in New York City. His 90-minute class builds a technical language based in the dimensions of identity, challenges the dancer to move seamlessly in and out of the floor, and weldsintricate gesture-work with large, locomotive phrasework.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, IDO TADMOR DANCE COMPANY
Tadmor is the 2011 winner of Israel’s prestigious Landau Prize for life achievement, and acted as an original judge on the Israeli version of So You Think You Can Dance. His 90-minute class will include a ballet barre for contemporary dancers using physical transitions and shifts of weight, followed by contemporary combinations based on his repertory and the ballet technique.