When an audience sits down to experience a Backhausdance performance, they witness a visually stunning and captivating display of movement and artistry. What you may not realize is how many components go into making that happen. Today, we show gratitude for our fantastic guest choreographers. Here is a closer look at the three talented dance makers whose creativity you will see on stage at our February 3, 2017 concert at Irvine Barclay Theatre.

Dale Merrill

DALE A. MERRILL is currently Dean of the College of the Arts at Cal State Fullerton. He was the artistic director of Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle, WA (1985 -2002), and under his direction, Spectrum grew from a community dance company to a repertory jazz company of national prominence. Born in Richland, WA, Dale performed with Ballet West, Pioneer Memorial Theater and The Utah Ballet Ensemble. In 1992, he became one of the first MFA in Dance graduates at the University of Washington. Dale has more than 25 years of choreographic credits including numerous original works, musical theater production, and a Public Television special.

IDO TADMOR is the 2011 recipient of Israel’s highly respected Landau Prize for lifetime achievement. He was artistic director of the Israeli Ballet from 2012 to 2014, and led his own Tel Aviv-based company for 13 years, 1995 to 2007. Today, he travels the world as a lead dancer, choreographer, judge in professional dance competitions, artistic advisor and artistic director of competitions and festivals. During his extensive performing career, Ido has worked with an illustrious roster of internationally acclaimed choreographers and been a principal dancer in companies including Bat Sheva Dance Company, Scapino Ballet and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.

YIN YUE is a versatile performer, choreographer, and artistic director of Yin Yue Dance Company. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, she 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.


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