NEW DATES ANNOUNCED!
The Backhausdance Artist Series features periodic master classes taught by internationally-recognized, concert dance choreographers and dance artists.
Advanced and collegiate dancers ages 14+
Orange County School of the Arts
Marybelle Musco Dance Center
906 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Online registration required.
*Save 15% when purchasing multiple classes. Select Artist Series Class Bundle. Cannot be combined with any other offers.
PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE
ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS' SCHOOL OF DANCE
6PM - 7:30PM
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER, IMPERFECT DANCERS
Walter Matteini graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome, and went on to dance for some of the most renowned Italian and international companies including the Balletto di Roma, Le Ballet National de Marseille Roland Petit, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, the Opéra National de Lyon and the Fondazione Nazionale della Danza - Compagnia Aterballetto. Some of the top names in contemporary dance with whom he has worked include Jirí Kylian, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Angelin Preljoçaj, Birgitte Cullberg, Claude Brumachon, Maguy Marin, Bill T Jones, Jacopo Godani and many others.
6PM - 7:30PM
ISRAELI CHOREOGRAPHER & DANCER
Yoni Soutchy, originally from Tel Aviv, was educated at the “Bat – Dor” dance school, where he studied RAD and Martha Graham technique. Yoni danced at the "Muza" Dance Company, where he worked with choreographers Keren Levy, Lara Barsaq, Niv Sheinfeld, Margalit Oved, Ohad Naharin, Anat Danieli and Ido Tadmor. As a principal dancer with Ido Tadmor Dance Company, Yoni performed the works of Emanuel Gat, Yossi Yungman, Ido Tadmor, Shlomi Bitton, Javier de Frutos, and Beit Lessin. Yoni received a B.Ed degree in dance and teaching from the Kibbutzim College of Education. Yoni has been working as an independent, award-winning choreographer since 2009. He created acts for the television program “So You Think You Can Dance” Israel and served as the artistic director of the Mehola Youth Dance Company. He is a teacher at the Israel Ballet School and at other professional schools, dance studios and seminars throughout Israel.
6PM - 7:30PM
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY
Genevieve Carson, Artistic Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC), graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University. She has worked extensively in both the concert and commercial dance worlds as a choreographer and performer. Genevieve’s work has been commissioned and produced by LACDC, UC Santa Barbara Dance Company, Celebrate Dance Festival at the Alex Theater, Grand Arts, American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Palm Springs Repertoire Theater, UC Irvine, the Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines, Super Bowl XLIX, Firefly Music Festival, the Standard Hotel, Highways Performance Space, Electric Lodge, LA Convention Center and Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. Her commercial choreographic collaborations are as eclectic as Los Angeles itself: Indie rock band Foster the People, Earth Harp Collective (for Super Bowl XLIX), Devendra Banhart, Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show, Comedy Central’s The Kroll Show and Jon Benjamin Has a Van. As a dancer, she has had the honor to perform with LACDC, AXIOM, Rosanna Gamson/Worldwide, kDub Dance, The Big Show Company, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Pappas and Dancers, and Bare Dance Company.
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.