Jennifer Backhaus

WELCOME FROM BD DIRECTOR JENNIFER BACKHAUS

We are thrilled that you will be joining us for our 13th Annual Backhausdance Summer Intensives. Below you will find detailed information regarding our intensive faculty, classes, suggested attire, evening activities and helpful tips to make the most of your time with us.

Since its inception in 2003, Backhausdance has performed extensively coast-to-coast as one of Southern California’s premier contemporary modern dance companies. Currently wrapping up its 14th season, the company continually strives to educate the community about the relevance and vitality of concert dance. We are excited to spend a few weeks with you as we continue to push the boundaries on technical growth and artistic development.

We are excited to share that all dancers participating in Week 3 (July 31 - August 5) will have the opportunity to share the stage with Backhausdance company dancers and alumni in a fully produced performance at the Musco Center for the Arts as we celebrate the launch of the company's 15th season. Save the date for Saturday, August 5. It will be an extraordinary event as a cast of more than 100 takes the stage in this 1,100-seat, state of-the-art venue. Priority Ticket Sales for intensive participants' friends and family begin soon! 

In the meantime, make sure you are signed up for our mailing list. Check out and register online for some awesome evening activities. Scroll down to view our 2017 schedule. You will also receive an invitation from Sched to create your profile, select your morning elective class and connect with other participants in our event app. We have some exciting events happening as we lead up to another incredible intensive with you. We can’t wait to dance with you!

Jennifer Backhaus
Artistic Director

2016 participants warming up in BD Technique. Photo © Sarah Delgado

2016 participants warming up in BD Technique. Photo © Sarah Delgado

Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus staging BD Repertory. Photo © Sarah Delgado

Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus staging BD Repertory. Photo © Sarah Delgado

DAILY SCHEDULE
(PRE-PRO)

Sample schedule only. Scroll down to view our 2017 Schedule.


DAILY SCHEDULE
(ADV/PRO)

Sample schedule only. Scroll down to view our 2017 Schedule.


Location

All intensive classes are held at:

Chapman University Partridge Dance Center
190 N. Cypress Street
Orange, CA 92866

(On the corner of Cypress St. and Maple Ave.)

 

DAY ONE

PARKING

Parking is available free of charge at the Orange Metrolink parking lot on the corner of Lemon and Maple. In addition, you can find non-metered street parking along Cypress and Maple streets. Read the city signs carefully as many streets require a city permit. 

REGISTRATION & SIGN IN

On the first day of the intensive, arrive 30 minutes early to the Partridge Dance Center. This will provide you ample time to find parking, check in at our registration table, tour the facilities and get situated. Registration begins at 8:00am (Pre-Pro) and 9:30am (Adv/Pro).

WELCOME ORIENTATION & PLACEMENT CLASS

The Welcome Class will include a brief orientation, getting-to-know-you icebreakers, and a series of class exercises and BD phrasework. During this class, the faculty will observe dancers and place them into tracks based on technical skill and artistic maturity. This ensures a positive and challenging experience for all of our participants.

2016 participants kicking off their morning with Yoga for Dancers. Photo © Sarah Delgado

2016 participants kicking off their morning with Yoga for Dancers. Photo © Sarah Delgado

Getting up close and personal in Partnering. Photo © Sarah Delgado

Getting up close and personal in Partnering. Photo © Sarah Delgado


WHAT TO BRING

Each day of the summer intensive includes an average of eight hours of technique class and/or rehearsal. To ensure a healthy and productive experience, come prepared with the following items:

  • a pair of socks for each day
  • kneepads (optional for modern floorwork)
  • ballet shoes
  • a yoga mat (for Pilates and Yoga classes)
  • plenty of water and healthy snacks to keep you energized and strong during class
  • a sack lunch or money to purchase lunch at a local eatery

LUNCH BREAK

Participants are given a 45-minute (Pre-Pro) or 1-hour (Adv/Pro) lunch break daily. Dancers may bring a sack lunch. There is a refrigerator and microwave on site. A map of local eateries will be provided for those wishing to purchase lunch off campus.

2016 Participants socializing during lunch break. Photo © Sarah Delgado

2016 Participants socializing during lunch break. Photo © Sarah Delgado


HOUSING

We are excited to offer chaperoned housing options at the recently renovated Ayres Hotel Orange. Just two miles from campus, the Ayres offers single to quad occupancy standard studio suites with complimentary breakfast and shuttle service. Our guaranteed housing deadline has passed. However, we have a few spots still available. Visit our Housing page for more information. 

ALREADY RESERVED?


TUITION BALANCES

As a reminder, tuition balances must be paid in full by July 1. If we do not receive your full payment before that date, your spot may be released to a student on the wait list. 

Visit our Balance Payments page and select the appropriate payment from the drop-down menu. If you will be applying a scholarship to your tuition balance, please refer to your scholarship award notification for your promo code.

Our 2016 Pre-Pros flying high in progressions. Photo © Sarah Delgado

Our 2016 Pre-Pros flying high in progressions. Photo © Sarah Delgado

Taking it to the floor in our Adv/Pro room. Photo © Sarah Delgado

Taking it to the floor in our Adv/Pro room. Photo © Sarah Delgado


All Pre-Professional and Adv/Pro dancers participating in Week 3 (July 31 - August 5) will have the opportunity to share the stage with Backhausdance in a fully produced performance at the Musco Center for the Arts to celebrate the launch of the company's 15th season.

Backhausdance: Then & Now, a choreographic retrospective, will feature Backhausdance, company alumni and participants of the 2017 Summer Intensives. Together, the cast of more than 100 dancers will celebrate the signature works of Backhausdance's critically-acclaimed repertory.

In daily rehearsals, the intensive participants will work directly with company dancers and Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus to learn, rehearse, and ultimately, perform live on stage for an audience.

2016 Participants getting stage-ready for the culmination performance. Photo © Sarah Delgado

2016 Participants getting stage-ready for the culmination performance. Photo © Sarah Delgado

2016 Participants sharing the stage with BD Company Dancer Chihiro Sano in Incandescent. Photo © Sarah Delgado 

2016 Participants sharing the stage with BD Company Dancer Chihiro Sano in Incandescent. Photo © Sarah Delgado 

2016 Participants soaking in notes during dress rehearsal for Incandescent. Photo © Sarah Delgado

2016 Participants soaking in notes during dress rehearsal for Incandescent. Photo © Sarah Delgado


MANDATORY REHEARSALS & PERFORMANCES

Dancers participating in Backhausdance: Then & Now must attend ALL rehearsals for the weeks which they are enrolled. Mandatory rehearsals are held daily from 2:15pm - 3:45pm (Pre-Professional) and 4pm to 5:30pm (Adv/Pro). 

An extended spacing and dress rehearsal schedule is scheduled for Saturday, August 5 beginning at 2pm. Plan on a full day of events in the theater prior to curtain at 6:30pm.

NON-PERFORMING PARTICIPANTS

Students who are unavailable to perform in Backhausdance: Then & Now on August 5 will be provided a series of Special Studies classes held alternatively to the afternoon rehearsal blocks.

PRIORITY TICKET SALEs available now

Take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets for your friends and family. Priority ticket sales begin soon.

 

We are excited to offer 4 evening activities during our intensives. Available to all Pre-Professional and Adv/Pro participants, these events provide a great opportunity to have fun and build lasting friendships that extend beyond the studio.

A NOTE TO CONFIRMED HOUSING PARTICIPANTS: The housing reservation fee includes admission to the evening activities held during your stay. It is not necessary to register for the events below. Transportation to/from the evening activities and the Ayres Hotel Orange will be arranged.

TO REGISTER:

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: JULY 5

DISCOUNT PACKAGES

Single events are priced at $25 each.

Take advantage of our Discount Packages and save! Select from our 2-, 3- or 4-event packages. Select specific events during online registration. See below for discount package pricing:

 

SINGLE EVENT....$25

2 EVENTS..............$48 ($24 per event)

3 EVENTS..............$66 ($22 per event)

4 EVENTS..............$80 ($20 per event)

 

RESERVE ONLINE

All evening activities must be registered and paid for online. Event space is limited.

Click the button below to purchase single and discount package events.


2017 EVENING ACTIVITIES

 

Dinner at Ruby’s Diner with Backhausdance

TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017
6PM - 7:30PM

RUBY'S DINER
186 N. Atchison Street  Orange, CA 92866

Walking distance from the Partridge Dance Center

Join us at Ruby’s Diner for dinner with Backhausdance Artistic Director, Jennifer Backhaus, along with BD company members and other intensive students. Enjoy great food and exceptional conversation as you build lasting friendships with fellow dancers. 

Admission includes:

  • your choice from a set menu with options including premium salads and burgers/veggie burgers with fries
  • a fountain drink or one of Ruby’s famous milkshakes
  • tax and gratuity.

BOWLING AT ROUND 1

THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2017
6PM - 8PM

ROUND 1 MAIN PLACE MALL
2800 N. Main St. Suite 1100  Santa Ana, CA 92705
No group transportation provided.

Come bowl with us! Backhausdance invites you to test your athletic abilities outside of the dance studio at Round 1. Our annual creative bowling contest is always a hit! Come hang out and laugh with us. Group transportation will not be provided for this event. Carpools may be arranged if necessary.

Admission includes:

  • unlimited bowling
  • shoe rental
  • pizza
  • soda 

Teatro Alla Scala

SOLD OUT!

AN AFTERNOON AT THE BALLET:
TEATRO ALLA SCALA in giselle

SATURDAY, JULY 29, 2017
2PM - 4PM

SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
600 Town Center Drive  Costa Mesa, CA 92626
No group transportation provided.

La Scala Ballet Company performs the unforgettable original Coralli-Perrot choreography in a revival by Yvette Chauviré, moving effortlessly from the sunny optimism of Giselle’s idyllic village life to a moonlit world of mystery and menace. Adolphe Adam’s score, performed live by the renowned Mikhailovsky Orchestra, helps bring this otherwordly tale to vivid life. Group transportation will not be provided for this event. Carpools may be arranged if necessary.

Admission includes:

  • an Orchestra Terrace seat at the matinee performance

SOLD OUT!

LA ANGELS VS. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES AT ANGELS STADIUM

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2017
6PM - 11PM

DEPART & RETURN VIA ANGELS EXPRESS:
METROLINK ORANGE STATION
194 N. Atchison Street  Orange, CA 92866

Walking distance from the Partridge Dance Center

Take me out to the ballgame! Join Backhausdance and intensive participants for a night out at the big leagues. The Angels vs. Phillies game begins at 7:07pm. The Angels Express departs at 6:22pm and returns approximately 30 minutes after the game. Participants can be picked up from the Partridge Dance Center following the event (expected end time: 11pm).

Admission includes:

  • round-trip transportation on the Metrolink’s Angels Express departing from the Orange Station (walking distance from the Partridge Dance Center)
  • a seat in the View All-Star section
  • a hot dog
  • a small soda
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RSVP DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 28!

BACKHAUSDANCE: THEN & NOW
WRAP PARTY

Saturday, August 5
8pm - 10pm

Musco Center for the Arts - Performer’s Square
1 University Drive  Orange, CA 92866

Join us for an exclusive wrap party immediately following the performance of Backhausdance: Then & Now! All ages and guests are welcome. Admission includes small bites, non-alcoholic beverages, music, dancing, merchandise giveaways and more!

COMPLIMENTARY GENERAL ADMISSION for 2017 SUMMER INTENSIVE PARTICIPANTS with RSVP before July 19. Use button below.

ADDITIONAL GUESTS:
$35 General Admission
$45 VIP Admission (Includes beer and wine. Must be 21 and over.)

 

RSVP OR RESERVE BEFORE JULY 28!

2017 FACULTY

Click photo to read bios and class descriptions.

 

Stay connected with our event app!

Keep an eye out for an invitation from Sched to join our event app. Use the invitation to login, update your profile, connect your social media accounts and connect with other participants.

CLASS TRACKS

All classes are color-coded. Students in the Pre-Professional division (ages 11-14) will attend the yellow classes. The Adv/Pro division (ages 15+) will attend the orange classes and be placed in red or green technique classes during a Day 1 Placement Class.

Pre Pro Track
Adv/Pro Track
Adv/Pro Track Green
Adv/Pro Track Red

CHOOSE YOUR AM ELECTIVE starting july 5

Morning electives are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Attendees may choose one elective per week of participation. To reserve a spot in your desired elective, enroll in the Monday session only. Be sure to enroll in the class that is designated for your division (Pre-Professional: Yellow, Adv/Pro: Orange). Repeat this step for each week of participation.