Backhausdance is committed to educating the community about the relevance and vitality of concert dance, both as valuable art form and as a tool for learning. The company is dedicated to the creation, development, awareness and understanding of the art of contemporary dance. Dance is more than just steps or movement - its creation and perfection engages all learning modalities and encourages the integration of the mind, body and soul of the dancer. The company’s education programs reach students of all ages through our annual summer intensive, residency programs, master classes and more. 

EDUCATION PARTNERS

Backhausdance's ongoing partnerships with the McCallum Theatre and Segerstrom Center for the Arts are a testament to the company's commitment to educating the community about the relevance and vitality of concert dance, as both a valuable art form and as a tool for learning. Annually, more than 3,000 students in Orange and San Bernardino counties as well as the desert schools work with Backhausdance, who exposes them to dance curriculum they would not otherwise have an opportunity to experience.

 
 

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Costa Mesa, California

Backhausdance is proud to be on the Arts Teach roster as part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Education and Community Programs, and is available for booking for school assemblies, residencies and workshops. 

Please contact Arts Teach at 714.556.2122 x4310 or visit SCFTA.ORG

 
 

McCallum Theatre Institute

PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA

Since its launch in 1997, McCallum Theatre Institute — the education division of McCallum Theatre — has served more than 400,000 students, educators and community members with performances and arts education experiences. Backhausdance is proud to regularly partner with the McCallum to bring dance to the Desert.

For more information on the McCallum Theatre Institute's education program, visit McCallumTheatre.com


 

For all other inquiries, please contact:
Jenn Bassage Bonfil
Educational Outreach Director
jenn.bonfil@backhausdance.org
714.497.3137

Photo © Jeremy Hunt

Photo © Taryn Ka'iulani

 

Jennifer Backhaus’ master classes are representative of the movement style and vocabulary of Backhausdance. Ms. Backhaus’ classes are crafted to give dancers the technical ability to find balance between control and release. The combination of ballet technique and modern dance principles, including the use of weight and momentum, create a training experience designed to challenge the dancer’s dynamic expression and increase their range of movement and quality. Ms. Backhaus places strong emphasis on the use of space and moving with fluidity and abandon. Her gymnastic background enables the seamless integration of floor work and weight-shifting between feet and hands, encouraging students to feel comfortable with inversions. Class combinations occasionally include selections from the Backhausdance repertory, partner work and focus on the facilitation of the expression of the dancer’s unique points of view.

Available classes include: Backhausdance Technique, Backhausdance Repertory, Contemporary Partnering, Improvisation, Choreography, Contact Improvisation, Contemporary Barre, and more.

 

For information on booking, please contact:
Jenn Bassage Bonfil
Educational Outreach Director
jenn.bonfil@backhausdance.org
714.497.3137

In addition to master classes, Jennifer Backhaus and company dancers are available for residency and choreographic commission opportunities.

“Backhausdance residencies are an incredible and powerful way for students to discover dance. They help students break down the elements of choreography while building confidence in their creative potential.”
— Ginger Johnson, Community Programs at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Backhausdance Incandescent
Backhausdance Incandescent 2
Above Photos © Tim Agler

Above Photos © Tim Agler

THE INCANDESCENT EXPERIENCE

Available for Booking

Backhausdance's 72-minute work Incandescent is designed to actively engage local dancers of all levels and ages. Through a series of workshops, the Chorus members work directly with company dancers and Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus to learn, rehearse, and ultimately, perform the dance live on stage.

Here is a highlight video of our latest installment of The Incandescent Experience featuring students from Chapman University, Irvine Valley College, Orange County School of the Arts and local Orange County and Palm Desert studios.


 

For information on booking, please contact:
Jenn Bassage Bonfil
Educational Outreach Director
jenn.bonfil@backhausdance.org
714.497.3137