Backhausdance relies on hours upon hours – nearly 500 hours this season, to be more exact – of rehearsal to create and perfect dance works before we premiere them to our audience. The Wooden Floor and Chapman University generously donate this rehearsal space and we are forever indebted for their support. We truly couldn’t have created the four premieres you will see at our February 3, 2017 performance at the Barclay, without the roofs over our heads and floors under our feet that The Wooden Floor and Chapman University provide.

#BDSeason14 dancers striking a pose in front of The Wooden Floor.


Located in Santa Ana, The Wooden Floor's mission is to empower low-income youth from diverse backgrounds to strengthen self-esteem, self-discipline and a sense of accomplishment through dance, academic, and family programs. Backhausdance is thankful for our longstanding partnership and will continue supporting the students of The Wooden Floor in their technical and artistic development through offering scholarships to our Summer Intensive programs.

Chapman University – home to artists, adventurers, leaders and scientists – is a significant strategic partner. The University provides rehearsal space during Backhausdance’s season, and hosts our Summer Intensive programming as well as our Backhausdance: Deconstructed performances in August. The company is happy to provide performance and extra training opportunities to Chapman students throughout the year and accepts graduates into Backhausdance as trainees, apprentices and full company members.

We are also grateful to Salwa Rizkalla and Southland Ballet Academy in Fountain Valley. Whenever we have run into a scheduling issue with our regular rehearsal space providers, they have opened their studio to us, free of charge. Thank you!

Backhausdance Rehearsal

Please contribute today to help Backhausdance provide scholarship opportunities to students from both of these distinguished programs. Donate $75 or more today and you’ll be entered to win 2 passes to a Backhausdance rehearsal.

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