Backhausdance Presented by Irvine Barclay Theatre
May
22
8:00 PM20:00

Backhausdance Presented by Irvine Barclay Theatre

The world premiere of a new work by acclaimed choreographer Dwight Rhoden.

Backhausdance is known for its ensemble aesthetic and lush movement vocabulary. The company’s deeply human and emotional creations are infused with a sense of humor and theatricality. Backhausdance just finished a milestone 15th anniversary season that included its first European tour and an engagement at the internationally renowned Joyce Theater.

"A fluid, unforced fusion of classical and contemporary dance."
 (The Brooklyn Rail)

Part of 2018-2019 Contemporary Dance Series
Single tickets available now.

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Backhausdance 2019 Summer Intensive at Chapman University
Jul
15
to Aug 3

Backhausdance 2019 Summer Intensive at Chapman University

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The Backhausdance Summer Intensive provide high-caliber training programs for aspiring artists and working professionals ages 13 to professional. Held in the state-of-the-art dance facilities on the campus of Chapman University, the intensives support the technical growth and artistic development of the contemporary dancer. Intensive participants are invited to perform in a fully-produced concert alongside the professional company at the end of the program.

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#GivingTuesday: Pave the Way for the Next Generation of Artists
Nov
20
to Nov 27

#GivingTuesday: Pave the Way for the Next Generation of Artists

Each year, Backhausdance provides more than $50,000 in scholarships and financial assistance to more than half of its annual Summer Intensive students. With the generous support from donors like you, we are able to bring world-class training and learning opportunities to a diverse range of aspiring, young artists.

This year, we have received a generous matching gift from an anonymous donor to expand our scholarship program. For gifts received today through 11:59pm on Tuesday, November 27, each donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000.

Learn more about our #GivingTuesday campaign and how you can help support the next generation of talented artists at www.backhausdance.org/giving-tuesday.

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Backhausdance at the Knoebel
Nov
3
8:00 PM20:00

Backhausdance at the Knoebel

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Backhausdance just finished a milestone 15th anniversary season that included its first European tour and an engagement at the internationally renowned Joyce Theater. This season, the company’s focus is on an invigorating balance of leading-edge new works and revitalized classics!

Join Orange County’s critically acclaimed contemporary dance company as it kicks off its 16th season November 2nd and 3rd, 2018. The program will feature two signature works by Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus, emphasizing the company's ensemble aesthetic and lush movement vocabulary, and world premieres by internationally renown guest choreographers Mauro Astolfi of Rome, Italy, and Jhonathan Soutchy, based in Tel Aviv, Israel.

“hypnotic, ethereal, powerful.”
(The Orange County Register)

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Backhausdance at the Knoebel
Nov
3
2:00 PM14:00

Backhausdance at the Knoebel

Backhausdance just finished a milestone 15th anniversary season that included its first European tour and an engagement at the internationally renowned Joyce Theater. This season, the company’s focus is on an invigorating balance of leading-edge new works and revitalized classics!

Join Orange County’s critically acclaimed contemporary dance company as it kicks off its 16th season November 2nd and 3rd, 2018. The program will feature two signature works by Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus, emphasizing the company's ensemble aesthetic and lush movement vocabulary, and world premieres by internationally renown guest choreographers Mauro Astolfi of Rome, Italy, and Jhonathan Soutchy, based in Tel Aviv, Israel.

“hypnotic, ethereal, powerful.”
(The Orange County Register)

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Backhausdance at the Knoebel
Nov
2
8:00 PM20:00

Backhausdance at the Knoebel

Backhausdance just finished a milestone 15th anniversary season that included its first European tour and an engagement at the internationally renowned Joyce Theater. This season, the company’s focus is on an invigorating balance of leading-edge new works and revitalized classics!

Join Orange County’s critically acclaimed contemporary dance company as it kicks off its 16th season November 2nd and 3rd, 2018. The program will feature two signature works by Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus, emphasizing the company's ensemble aesthetic and lush movement vocabulary, and world premieres by internationally renown guest choreographers Mauro Astolfi of Rome, Italy, and Jhonathan Soutchy, based in Tel Aviv, Israel.

“hypnotic, ethereal, powerful.”
(The Orange County Register)

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Artist Series with Lillian Rose Barbeito
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Series with Lillian Rose Barbeito

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The Backhausdance Artist Series features periodic master classes taught by internationally-recognized, concert dance choreographers and dance artists. This installment features Co-Founder and Artistic Director of LA’s own BODYTRAFFIC. For more information or to register, visit the Artist Series homepage.

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Artist Series with Mauro Astolfi
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Series with Mauro Astolfi

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The Backhausdance Artist Series features periodic master classes taught by internationally-recognized, concert dance choreographers and dance artists. This installment features Mauro Astolfi, Artistic Director of Italy’s Spellbound Contemporary Ballet. For more information or to register, visit the Artist Series homepage.

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Backhausdance Education Presents HIVE
Aug
4
6:30 PM18:30

Backhausdance Education Presents HIVE

FEATURING BACKHAUSDANCE AND 2018 SUMMER INTENSIVE PARTICIPANTS

This BD Education Presents: Hive features dancers of Orange County’s critically acclaimed contemporary dance company Backhausdance and participants of the 2018 Backhausdance Summer Intensives. Together, the cast of more than 100 dancers will explore, deconstruct and bring to life Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus’ most recent work Hive.

Backhausdance, founded in 2003 by Jennifer Backhaus, is a powerful and entertaining voice in the dance world. The company’s repertory offers an eclectic and dynamic vocabulary with a wonderful sense of fluidity and strength and has been performed extensively nationwide as well as internationally. A life-changing experience for pre-professional and professional dancers, the company hosts annual Summer Intensives at Chapman University.

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National Dance Day 2018
Jul
28
1:00 PM13:00

National Dance Day 2018

For the first time, Dizzy Feet Foundation partners with Segerstrom Center for the Arts for the exclusive West Coast celebration of National Dance Day!

This FREE community event is for all ages and all abilities! Launched in 2010 by The Dizzy Feet Foundation (co-founded by So You Think You Can Dance’s Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, National Dance Day encourages everyone to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health. The celebration of all things dance begins at 1:00pm at the Center’s new Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. The day will feature live performances by special guest artists, offer fully inclusive and interactive dance lessons in a wide variety of dance styles, food for purchase, plus provide the opportunity to learn this year’s official National Dance Day routine led by So You Think You Can Dance All-Star, Allison Holker. This year’s National Dance Day routine was created by Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mandy Moore to Kylie Minogue’s song, “Dancing.” The video features Dancing With the Stars troupe members Britt Stewart, Morgan Larson and Hayley Erbert along with Season 13 So You Think You Can Dancewinner, Kida Burns and Season 11 contestant Nick Garcia, as well as The Rollettes founder Chelsie Hill.

Backhausdance takes the Main Stage at 2:15pm and returns to the Community Stage for a workshop at 3:30pm. Check out the full schedule here.

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2018 Summer Intensives at Chapman University
Jul
16
to Aug 4

2018 Summer Intensives at Chapman University

Backhausdance Summer Intensives provide an array of diverse training programs for aspiring artists and working professionals ages 10 to professional. Held in the state-of-the-art dance facilities on the campus of Chapman University, the intensives support the technical growth and artistic development of the contemporary dancer. Participants have the unique opportunity to study with Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus, Backhausdance current and former company members, and a diverse roster of esteemed educators and choreographers from around the world. Intensive participants are invited to perform in a fully-produced concert alongside the professional company at the end of the program.

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The Elasticity of the Almost & New Works
Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

The Elasticity of the Almost & New Works

Ferociously moving among a shifting sea of red balls, The Elasticity of the Almost creates worlds of athletic, fluid, contemporary movement artfully crafted and infused with a sense of humor and theatricality. This piece and two world premieres highlight an evening of powerful dance by Orange County’s own Jennifer Backhaus and her company.

For additional information, please call Musco Center for the Arts at (844) 626-8726 or email info@muscocenter.org

ABOUT THE WORKS

Beyond the Noise (World Premiere)
Choreography by Walter Matteini | Pisa, Italy
Renown Italian choreographer and Artistic Director of ImPerfect Dancers Company, Walter Matteini’s first repertory piece for Backhausdance is a deeply human and accessible, emotional and athletic creation for the full company. The choreographic language is intensely physical and hinges on the quest to explore the human soul. Rich in emotional depth condensed into movement, Beyond the Noise asks the dancers to shed their armor of technique and show others how they really feel with the hope that they will be accepted for who and how they are.

The Empty Room (U.S. Premiere)
Choreography by Ido Tadmor | Tel Aviv, Israel
A dance-theater piece created by celebrated Israeli dancer and choreographer Ido Tadmor, The Empty Room is a dramatic comedy about the evolution of a relationship over a lifetime – from its beginning to its end, and everything in between. Depicting the joys and the struggles, they deal with life and its difficulties, expressing love and fear through their own language and gestures. Theatrical, humorous and raw, this duet is an extremely physical blend of innovative partnering and soul-wrenching contemporary movement.

The Elasticity of the Almost (2013)
Choreography by Jennifer Backhaus
Conceptually driven by the juxtaposition of structure and chaos, Backhausdance’s The Elasticity of the Almost explores our ability to negotiate a constantly changing environment. A piece that follows eight dancers ferociously moving among a shifting sea of red balls, it draws the audience into the worlds they create through athletic, fluid, contemporary movement artfully crafted and infused with a sense of humor and theatricality.

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American Dance Platform: Jessica Lang Dance & Backhausdance
Jan
14
2:00 PM14:00

American Dance Platform: Jessica Lang Dance & Backhausdance

Now in its third year, the American Dance Platform showcases some of the most captivating American companies performing today. This year’s festival, curated by Christine Tschida, Director of Northrop at the University of Minnesota, features an eclectic roster of eight companies appearing on four different programs.

On this bill are two visually striking contemporary dance companies: Jessica Lang Dance, known for its exceptionally crafted work, and the dynamic and entertaining Backhausdance, making its Joyce debut.

TICKETS START AT $10*

*Call JoyceCharge at (212) 242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.

Funding Credits: The Joyce Theater’s American Dance Platform is sponsored by The Harkness Foundation for Dance and is dedicated to the memory of Theodore S. Bartwink of The Harkness Foundation for Dance. 

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American Dance Platform: Jessica Lang Dance & Backhausdance
Jan
10
7:30 PM19:30

American Dance Platform: Jessica Lang Dance & Backhausdance

Now in its third year, the American Dance Platform showcases some of the most captivating American companies performing today. This year’s festival, curated by Christine Tschida, Director of Northrop at the University of Minnesota, features an eclectic roster of eight companies appearing on four different programs.

On this bill are two visually striking contemporary dance companies: Jessica Lang Dance, known for its exceptionally crafted work, and the dynamic and entertaining Backhausdance, making its Joyce debut.

TICKETS START AT $10*

*Call JoyceCharge at (212) 242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online.

Funding Credits: The Joyce Theater’s American Dance Platform is sponsored by The Harkness Foundation for Dance and is dedicated to the memory of Theodore S. Bartwink of The Harkness Foundation for Dance. 

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Artist Series with Genevieve Carson
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Series with Genevieve Carson

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The Backhausdance Artist Series features periodic master classes taught by internationally-recognized, concert dance choreographers and dance artists. Our 2nd annual Fall Version wraps up with LA-based dancer and choreographer Genevieve Carson.

Presented in partnership with the Orange County School of the Arts' School of Dance. 

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Artist Series with Yoni Soutchy
Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Series with Yoni Soutchy

The Backhausdance Artist Series features periodic master classes taught by internationally-recognized, concert dance choreographers and dance artists. Our 2nd annual Fall Version continues with Israeli choreographer and dancer Yoni Soutchy.

Presented in partnership with the Orange County School of the Arts' School of Dance. 

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Artist Series with Walter Matteini
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Series with Walter Matteini

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The Backhausdance Artist Series features periodic master classes taught by internationally-recognized, concert dance choreographers and dance artists. Our 2nd annual Fall Version kicks off with Italian choreographer Walter Matteini on October 19.

Presented in partnership with the Orange County School of the Arts' School of Dance. 

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Backhausdance: Then & Now
Aug
5
6:30 PM18:30

Backhausdance: Then & Now

Backhausdance Then & Now

Backhausdance: Then & Now, a choreographic retrospective, celebrates the launch of the 15th anniversary season of Orange County's critically acclaimed contemporary dance company. Bringing together a cast of more than 100 dancers, the evening features signature works from the company's diverse body of innovative and artistic repertory performed by Backhausdance, founding and previous company dancers, and participants of the 2017 Backhausdance Summer Intensives. 

General Admission Starts at $26.50, Students $20

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Backhausdance Summer Intensives 2017
Jul
17
to Aug 5

Backhausdance Summer Intensives 2017

Backhausdance Summer Intensives provide an array of diverse training programs for aspiring artists and working professionals. Held in the state-of-the-art dance facilities on the campus of Chapman University, the intensives support the technical growth and artistic development of the contemporary dancer. Participants have the unique opportunity to study with Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus, Backhausdance current and former company members, and a diverse roster of esteemed educators and choreographers from around the world. Intensive participants are invited to perform in a fully-produced concert alongside the professional company at the end of the program.

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Lecture & Demonstration at Orange County Great Park
May
21
1:00 PM13:00

Lecture & Demonstration at Orange County Great Park

Join Backhausdance for a lecture and demonstration inspired by Coordinates. Backhausdance, Orange County’s award-winning contemporary dance company, has performed extensively around the world. Free admission; no registration required.

The Orange County Great Park is located off I-5 or I-405 at Sand Canyon and Marine Way in Irvine. The Great Park Gallery is open noon–4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Location: Great Park Gallery
Free admission. All ages.
For more information, call 949-724-6880.

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Backhausdance on the Civic Green
May
20
2:00 PM14:00

Backhausdance on the Civic Green

Backhausdance will present an engaging, athletic and entertaining outdoor performance for the community to enjoy. In addition to two repertory works, this critically-acclaimed Orange County contemporary dance company will introduce a new dance specifically created for the Civic Center venue by Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus.

Dance lovers from around Orange County are invited to dress comfortably and enjoy this unique interactive dance experience. It’s a family afternoon of dance suitable for audiences of all ages.

Bring a picnic and beach chairs to enjoy the performance outdoors in front of the Central Library.

Funding provided by the City Arts Commission.

FREE ADMISSION & PARKING

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LA Dance Festival
May
13
8:00 PM20:00

LA Dance Festival

Get a chance to see the companies up close in the intimate space at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz as they perform in their home town. The Festival was created with the idea of bringing together some of the best dance companies in the Los Angeles area in one site. Saturday evening's concert will feature works by Sarah Elgart / Arrogant Elbow, Kybele Dance Company, FUSE Dance Company, Ania Catherine / Cue, MashUP Dance Company, Backhausdance and Jazz Antiqua.

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Sonic Kitchen: "Snapshots of a Memory"
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

Sonic Kitchen: "Snapshots of a Memory"

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Pacific Symphony, in collaboration with local artists, serves up a new experience for the eyes and ears with Sonic Kitchen, an intimate and experiential performance series for the musically curious at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Downtown Santa Ana. Each show is curated around a theme or concept and features an eclectic collection of pieces while blurring the line between the performers and the audience.

The debut “Snapshots of a Memory” premieres on Thursday, March 30 with Backhausdance leading the visual spectacle along with VJ Brian Akenoh remixing live visuals while a Pacific Symphony string quartet performs. The event takes inspiration from and serves as a sneak peek to OCCCA’s upcoming Art Opening of contemporary photography by Robin Repp (Selective Memory) and Jane Szabo (Self Evident).

Tickets: $20. Space is limited.

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Artist Series with Samuel Wentz
Mar
23
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Series with Samuel Wentz

The Backhausdance Artist Series features periodic master classes taught by internationally-recognized, concert dance choreographers and dance artists.

Samuel Wentz, originally from North Dakota, has worked with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Wally Cardona + Jennifer Lacey, Mark Morris, Gerald Casel, Jmy Kidd, and Christopher Williams. His contemporary technique class begins with simple, somatics-based exercises that allow us to locate, ground, and mobilize our parts into a coordinated whole, followed by large moving phrases that require us to simplify and hone in on our own habitual movement patterns. Phrases are built upon the ideas of architecture, momentum, buoyancy and our relationship to gravity. Sam’s class is influenced by his studies of Alexander Technique, Klein Technique, Gerald Casel, and the body of Trisha Brown’s work.

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Summer Intensive Scholarship Audition - Simi Valley
Feb
19
12:00 PM12:00

Summer Intensive Scholarship Audition - Simi Valley

Backhausdance Summer Intensives provide an array of diverse training programs for aspiring artists and working professionals. Held in the state-of-the-art dance facilities on the campus of Chapman University, the intensives support the technical growth and artistic development of the contemporary dancer. Backhausdance grants scholarships to its summer intensives based on talent. To be considered, you must attend a Scholarship Audition or submit a Video Audition.

Noon - 1:30pm: Ages 11 - 14
2:00pm - 3:30pm: Ages 15+

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Summer Intensive Scholarship Audition - San Diego
Feb
18
1:00 PM13:00

Summer Intensive Scholarship Audition - San Diego

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Backhausdance Summer Intensives provide an array of diverse training programs for aspiring artists and working professionals. Held in the state-of-the-art dance facilities on the campus of Chapman University, the intensives support the technical growth and artistic development of the contemporary dancer. Backhausdance grants scholarships to its summer intensives based on talent. To be considered, you must attend a Scholarship Audition or submit a Video Audition.

1:00pm - 2:30pm: Ages 15+
3:00pm - 4:30pm: Ages 11 - 14

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Backhausdance presented by Irvine Barclay Theatre
Feb
3
8:00 PM20:00

Backhausdance presented by Irvine Barclay Theatre

After last season’s sold out performance, OC’s own Backhausdance returns with an evening of 4 dance premieres, featuring powerful, athletic dances; emotionally-charged dramatic pieces; and whimsical glimpses of the human experience.

The program will include:

Black Morning (Premiere)
Choreographer: Ido Tadmor 

Breach (Premiere)
Choreographer: Yin Yue 

Hive (Premiere)
Choreographer: Jennifer Backhaus 

New Work TBA (Premiere)
Choreographers: Jennifer Backhaus and Dale A. Merrill

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Jan
22
12:00 PM12:00

Backhausdance Free Family Dance Day

Irvine Barclay Theatre, Backhausdance and the Orange County Great Park invite you to a community dance event playing off the Park’s current exhibit, Balance. Participants of all ages will enjoy activities exploring balance through basic modern dance movement. The experience will culminate with a lecture/demonstration providing insight into the craft of choreography and the company’s newest work, choreographed by Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus. Sponsored by Arts Reach @ The Barclay with support from an anonymous fund of the Orange County Community Foundation.

Attire: Comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely and supportive footwear

Noon – 1:30pm: Movement Workshop
2:00pm - 3:00pm: Demonstration/Performance

Orange County Great Park
(Sand Canyon & Marine Drive)
Irvine, CA 92650

Free, open to all ages and abilities.
Parking: Free

RSVP in advance to guarantee a space

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Backhausdance at APAP NYC
Jan
7
to Jan 8

Backhausdance at APAP NYC

Backhausdance APAP NYC Showcases: Repertory Excerpts

Saturday, January 7, 2017, 5:30pm
Sunday, January 8, 2017, 3:30pm
Expo Booth: Rhinelander Hall #302

NY City Center Studio 4
130 W. 56th St. (between 6th and 7th Aves.), New York, NY

Backhausdance, Orange County, California's critically acclaimed contemporary dance company presents dance with a strong visual style, high in contrast and theatricality. The gentle weaving of the overriding concepts brings together all aspects of the performance, including movement creation, sound score, lighting and costume design.

Backhausdance will showcase excerpts from Jennifer Backhaus' newest creation, Hive, along with excerpts from Black Morning, choreography by Israel's Ido Tadmor.

Tickets not required for entry.

 

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Artist Series with Yin Yue
Dec
15
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Series with Yin Yue

The Backhausdance Artist Series features periodic master classes taught by internationally-recognized, concert dance choreographers and dance artists. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Yin Yue 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. Her 90-minute class will explore strong physical movement, investigate her innovative dance style "FoCo Technique," and utilize gestures to explore the unique personality and universal emotion of each student.

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Artist Series with Zak Ryan Schlegel
Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Series with Zak Ryan Schlegel

The Backhausdance Artist Series features periodic master classes taught by internationally-recognized, concert dance choreographers and dance artists. Zak Ryan Schlegel, an internationally-recognized dance artist, choreographer and teacher, is the artistic director of LA-based AXIOM Dance Theatre and company member of Shen Wei Dance Arts in New York City. His 90-minute class builds a technical language based in the dimensions of identity, challenges the dancer to move seamlessly in and out of the floor, and weldsintricate gesture-work with large, locomotive phrasework.

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