Toshiro Abbley, born in Los Angeles, CA, began taking tap classes at the age of 6. At the age of 13, he started his classical ballet training at South Bay Ballet. Toshiro later attended Ballet Pacifica (Irvine, CA) and Heins Bosl Stiftung (Munich, Germany) during his final years as a student. He was awarded first place at the prestigious Los Angeles Spotlight Awards in 2006 and was a semi-finalist at the 2007 USA International Ballet Competition. Toshiro has danced professionally with Miami City Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and the Royal Ballet of Flanders. This is his first season with Backhausdance.




Tawny Chapman, originally from Southern California, has worked for more than 15 years as an accomplished performer, innovative choreographer and influential educator. Currently performing in her 12th season as a veteran dancer with Orange County’s critically acclaimed Backhausdance, Tawny is a graduate of Chapman University with a BFA in Dance Performance and an alumna of the Orange County School of the Arts’ Commercial Dance Conservatory. She has performed the choreographic work of Jennifer Backhaus, Dee Caspary, Jodie Gates, Sean Greene, Liz Imperio, and William Lu, among others. Tawny is currently on faculty at Impact Dance Center (Los Alamitos) and the Orange County School of the Arts’ Commercial Dance Conservatory, where she also serves as a program facilitator. In addition to performing and teaching, Tawny’s award-winning choreographic works have been performed at Pasadena Dance Festival, Backhausdance’s Platform, Encore Dance Festival, Studio A Dance’s DanceSpot, Hart Pulse Dance’s MixMatch Dance Festival, The Core Collective, and beyond.




Samuel DeAngelo, born in Yorba Linda, CA, began dancing at the age of 18. After discovering his deep passion for dance, he pursued collegiate education in dance at Santa Ana College, which led him to seek further training at Chapman University. In May 2016, he graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Dance Performance, receiving multiple awards in both choreography and performance. Samuel has performed with companies such as Anaheim Ballet, Ponybox Dance Theater, Shieldwall Dance Company, and choreographers such as Belinda Adam, Andrea Gise, Talia Moreta, Amanda Kay White and Jennifer Backhaus. He has also participated in notable intensives including Backhausdance, BODYTRAFFIC and Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC). This is Samuel's first season as a company member of Backhausdance.





Amie Kilgore, originally from Tucson AZ, began her dance training at the age of 11 under the tutelage of Mary-Beth Cabana with Ballet Tucson. In 2014, Amie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona and was recognized as Outstanding Senior for the College of Fine Arts and Dance. While working toward her BFA in Dance, she was privileged to perform various featured roles by UA Dance Faculty, as well as world-renowned works such as Rubies, Allegro Brilliante and Tarantella by the legendary George Balanchine. Prior to graduation, Amie furthered her contemporary dance training and became a founding member of ConDanza, under the direction of Cesar Degollado Rubio. Currently, she is in her third year as a part-time performing faculty member with San Pedro City Ballet under the direction of Cindy and Patrick Bradley. This is Amie’s second season with Orange County’s critically acclaimed Backhausdance.



Palm Springs, California

Joshua King is a company member of Backhausdance and Anaheim Ballet. He began dancing in his hometown of Palm Springs and continued his education at California State University, Long Beach as a dance major. After competing at the NYC finals of Youth America Grand Prix, he was awarded a fellowship to the school at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, where he performed works by Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, Camille A. Brown, Christopher Huggins and Earl Mosley. Joshua has had the pleasure of traveling across the country and internationally to perform and teach. He is currently on faculty at Orange County School of the Arts, CK Dance in Palm Springs, and Dance Dimensions in Palm Desert. Other credits include performing for NIKE, Dance For Life, Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival at McCallum Theatre, Anaheim International Dance Festival, and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.




Andy Lawson, a Southern California native, holds a BFA in Dance from Chapman University in Orange, CA. While at Chapman, he studied with Jennifer Backhaus, Sean Greene, Holly Johnston, Liz Maxwell, Dale Merrill and Laurence Rosenberg. His training also includes studies through summer programs at American Ballet Theatre, Backhausdance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and San Francisco Ballet. Andy performed with Gallimaufry Performing Arts under the direction of Steve Josephson as part of the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, and has been a guest artist with Anaheim Ballet, BARE Dance Company, Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy and Maple Conservatory, working with distinguished artists Mike Esperanza, Sean Greene and Mark Haim, among others. Most recently, he was a company member of Hubbard Street 2 (HS2). This is Andy's first season with Backhausdance.



Phoenix, arizona

Kaitlin Regan discovered her love of dance at the age of three in Phoenix, AZ. She continued her dance training, going on to study ballet, jazz and lyrical, tap and hip hop. For 10 years, she was a member of Dance Motion, performing featured roles in classics and original works. While a member of its elite competition team, Kaitlin received awards and recognition at various competitions and conventions. In 2004, she moved to Orange, CA, to attend Chapman University. There she met and studied with Jennifer Backhaus, in addition to a long list of OC’s top ballet, contemporary jazz and modern dance teachers. She’s performed works by Nancy Dickson-Lewis, Mike Esperanza, Sean Greene, Dale Merrill and Amy Nakamura. A well-known dance teacher in Southern California, Kaitlin helped develop a dance program for students with special needs that she’s been teaching since 2010. She is currently a teaching artist for Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ ESCAPE research grant, helping English language learners understand science concepts through dance. She also in on faculty at Avanti Dance Company in Costa Mesa, CA, and Dancecapade in Walnut, CA. Kaitlin has been a member of Backhausdance since 2010.



Yokohama, Japan

Chihiro Sano, originally from Japan, began her modern dance training at the age of seven under the direction of Akiko Ishii. She joined Backhausdance as an apprentice and has been a full company member since 2010. Chihiro has worked as an assistant to Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus on freelance projects such as the Irvine Valley College Faculty Dance Concert, the East Valley Dance Project/Studio Project in Palm Desert, and the Temecula Community Theater Dance Project. A certified yoga instructor, Chihiro is passionate about sharing her love of dance and yoga with people of all ages.



FRESNO, California

Evan Swenson, a native of California, began his dance training at the age of seven. At the age of 12 he started attending summer programs, and at 17 was invited, on full scholarship, to the Houston Ballet Academy to study year round and complete his professional training. Evan has danced with Houston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and New York Theatre Ballet, in addition to appearing as a guest artist around the country. He has danced principal and soloist roles in Cinderella, Esmerelda Pas de Deux, Madame Butterfly, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Paquita Pas de Deux, Theme and Variations, and many more. He has worked with Marie de la Palme, Trey McIntyre, Ben Stevenson, Stanton Welch and Lila York, to name a few. In 2009, Evan moved back to Los Angeles where he currently works with several different companies including Clairobscur, Helios Dance Theater, Luminario Ballet and Motion/Tribe. In 2011 and 2013, he instructed and toured with Long Beach Ballet and their Ambassadors to China program. For three seasons, Evan has been a model on the SyFy show Face-Off, and was featured as ‘Dillion’ in Barbie in the Pink Shoes. This is his second season with Backhausdance.



St. Charles, Missouri

Amanda Kay White is a founding/current member of Orange County, California’s critically acclaimed dance company Backhausdance. She is an alumna of Chapman University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Advertising. Amanda recently graduated with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University. Her inventive works have been showcased at Pasadena Dance Festival, American Celebration, The Core Collective, Epilepsy Network Benefit Concert, Chapman Touring Company, American College Dance Festival, and MixMatch Dance Festival. Amanda is currently on faculty at Chapman University, Orange County School of the Arts, and South Coast Conservatory. Along with teaching at SCC, she is the executive advisor to their national award winning dance team and managing director of the jazz department. In 2009 she founded Compass Dance Company, a pre-professional contemporary dance company for emerging artists ages 14 and up. By engaging, expressing, and innovating Compass Dance Company reaches out to the community through dance.