The #BDAmbassador Program is designed to recognize passionate, talented and artistically-driven dancers who actively support and partner with BD in its mission to expose and educate the community about the relevance and vitality of concert dance. Harnessing the power of social media and word-of-mouth, BD and its Ambassadors will work together to build excitement, spread the word and help raise awareness of upcoming Backhausdance performances and events. 


A #BDAmbassador is dedicated and passionate about BD and wants to transform that dedication into building awareness about Backhausdance in order to further expand and deepen its reach and impact. Ambassadors will help to:

  • Share Backhausdance with family and friends.
  • Actively promote and share upcoming BD performances, events and intensives with their social circles.
  • Pass along BD-related stories on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Encourage people to participate in spreading the word to their networks.
  • Share their personal #BDSI2016 stories and experiences on social networks.


We value our Ambassadors! In appreciation for all of their hard work, we offer the following benefits and rewards:

  • Full tuition scholarship to the Backhausdance Summer Intensives at Chapman University.
  • Recognition on the #BDAmbassador webpage and #BDSI2016 culmination performance program.
  • A bundle of BD merchandise including items from our newly-designed inventory before it goes on sale to the public.
  • Complimentary participation in Summer Intensive evening activities.
  • Two complimentary tickets to the Summer Intensive culmination performance(s).
  • Early access to BD updates and the opportunity to weigh in on new developments.


Chandler D. 

Simi Valley, CA

Favorite Color: Green
Pre-Performance Jam: Anything by Kanye West
Hobby Outside of Dance: Eating

My name is Chandler Davids and I am a freshman at California State University, Fullerton majoring in dance. I've been training and competing with Dance Creations since I was 6 years old. I am very fortunate to have grown up in such an artistic and supportive studio. Over the years, Dance Creations has taught the importance of individuality and teamwork. I was a member of Dance Creation's piece "Heroes" which won the 2016 19th Annual Choreography Festival award at The McCallum Theatre. I hope to someday join a professional dance company to perform and travel around the world. I have participated in Hubbard Street Dance's Summer Intensive for one year and the Backhausdance Summer Intensive for three years. Each year I have attended the BD Intensive, I leave feeling inspired and motivated to keep pushing myself as a dancer. Backhausdance has played a major role in my life by helping me grow into the dancer I am today. I can't thank BD enough for what they have taught me and I'm excited for the 2017 Backhausdance Summer Intensive.

Shelby P. 

Orange County, CA

Favorite Color: Pink
Pre-Performance Jam: Anything by Gem Club or James Blake
Hobby Outside of Dance: Sleeping

My name is Shelby Patterson. I am 17 years old and I have been dancing since the age of 2. I currently dance in a pre-professional contemporary company Westside Dance Project and train at Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy. I also attend Orange County School of the Arts in the Commercial Dance Conservatory. I aspire to become a professional dancer and continue sharing my passion for dance in any way that I can. A dream of mine is to be a part of a professional company and travel and train under great names. Backhausdance has played a major role in my dance career, from giving me great opportunities, giving me amazing insight about the dance world, and allowing me to grow as a dancer. I have attended the BD intensives for three summers now and I always leave so inspired and fueled to continue dancing with all the new knowledge and information they have shared with me. I'm thankful to be involved with BD and for everything Jenny and the other company members have taught me so far.

Shaylee Y. 

Pukalani, HI

Favorite Color: Blue
Pre-Performance Jam: "I Am Moana" by Auliʻi Cravalho
Hobby Outside of Dance: Sleeping

ʻO Shaylee Yamashita koʻu inoa, a noho au ma Maui, Hawaiʻi. My name is Shaylee Yamashita, and I am from Maui, Hawaiʻi. I have been training in all styles for 10 years. My most notable achievement includes being selected as a 2017 YoungArts Finalist in Dance/Choreography, allowing me to attend YoungArts Week in Miami. I one day hope to become a choreographer touring with a convention, allowing me to share my art and passion with students just as hungry as I am. The biggest inspiration for my art is my culture. Being kanaka maoli, my history and my people move me to create new art. I cannot thank Backhausdance enough for giving me this incredible opportunity. Backhausdance is truly my favorite intensive out there. I attended the BD summer intensive last year and I cannot express how it has changed me as a dancer and as person. Mahalo nui loa for everything, and I cannot wait for this summer.



Darby C. 

New York, NY

Darby graduates from Marymount Manhattan College this Spring with a double major in Dance (BFA) and Communication Arts (BA). A graduate of the Commercial Dance Conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts, Darby moved to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a professional modern dancer. She has performed in works by Robert Battle, Doug Varone, and Sabatino Verlezza. Upon graduation, she wants to dance professionally in a modern company that travels around the world. Eventually, Darby hopes to get her masters and teach at a university. Congrats, Darby!

BECOMe a #bdambassador 

The #BDAmbassador program is currently by invitation-only.

To be considered in future selection processes, complete the form to the right.

Name *
Please tell us a bit about your dance experience and current training, and why you are interested in becoming a #BDAmbassador.