Below are some answers to some frequently asked questions regarding our Chaperoned Housing.

Does a parent/guardian need to accompany the student at check-in?

Students do not need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian at check-in. If arriving solo, please ensure the student has submitted all required forms via email. You may also download, print and sign hard copies and send them along with your student. Forms will be available in our Housing Hub before June 1. Forms include an Off-Campus Release Form, Authorized Adults Form, and a Transportation Release Form. 

What airport should I fly into?

Does Backhausdance provide transportation to and from the local airports?

Backhausdance does not provide transportation to and from local airports. Here is a list of shuttle options available at Santa Ana airport (SNA). Two popular shuttle services include SuperShuttle and Primetime.

What time does check-in begin?

Check-in begins at 3pm on Sunday. Students arriving earlier than 3pm may not be able to access their room.

How do we get to know other housing students?

A room list will be provided a few days before arrival. Our event app on Sched can be used to connect with assigned roommates before arrival. We also host a meet-and-greet by the pool each Sunday at 6pm. Dancers are requested to attend this weekly get together on their arrival day.

How do I get to and from the hotel to the studios each day?

The Ayres Hotel Orange shuttle will provide daily transportation to and from the studios. The Shuttle Schedule will be available in the Housing Hub as well. The chaperones will assist in coordinating shuttle assignments each day.

The hotel provides complimentary daily breakfast. What about other meals?

The Ayres Hotel provides a complimentary daily hot and cold continental breakfast daily. With the exception of breakfast, students are responsible for providing their own additional meals.

The room comes equipped with a small refrigerator and microwave. Some suggestions for in-room dining options include:

  • Sandwiches (lunch meats, bread, condiments, etc)

  • Vegetables

  • Hummus

  • Instant Rice

  • Beans

  • Soups

  • Easy Mac

  • Trader Joe's Salads, Prepared Meals

There are also several dining options within walking distance of the Ayres Hotel Orange. A signed Off-Campus Permission Form must be received before a minor student will be allowed to leave campus in groups of two or more. If off-campus permission is not provided by a parent/guardian, we suggest students arrive prepared with meals to eat in-room.

At the studios, there is also a refrigerator, microwave and water fountain. The studios are just a few blocks away from Old Town Orange with a multitude of quick dining options. Ruby's Diner is also located just steps away from the main lobby doors.

Will my student be safe?

A BD Chaperone will be available on site at the Ayres Hotel Orange during non-intensive hours to ensure supervision. The chaperone is present to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the participants. In addition, the chaperone will closely supervise daily activities, transportation to/from the hotel, and incidental needs of the students. The chaperone will be supplied with a list of emergency contact information and any relevant medical information. Strict adherence to the Housing Guidelines by participants should be emphasized by parents prior to arrival.

What do students do on the weekends?

The Ayres Hotel Orange property features a heated outdoor pool, whirlpool spa, coin laundry, free wi-fi access, and fitness center. Many housing students use the weekend to rest their bodies, to catch some sun while lounging by the pool, or to do laundry.

Backhausdance hosts a weekly meet-and-greet by the pool every Sunday at 6pm. Dancers are encouraged to attend this weekly get together to review housing procedures and to get to know new and returning participants. Light snacks and refreshments are provided.

The BD chaperone remains on site and available throughout the weekend. Only students ages 18 and up and minors with an authorized Off-Campus Release Form will be allowed to leave campus without a chaperone. Below is a list of local attractions that are accessible via walking, shuttle, and other local transportation options (also listed below):



Anaheim Resort Transportation


ART connects you to theme parks, hotels, restaurants, shopping, dining and other destinations within the Anaheim Resort area, including the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Orange.

To find the ART line to ride, use the map, ask an Ayres Hotel Orange representative (you can request a paper guide), or visit the ART Information Center at ARTIC. For travel throughout the region, ART connects with other transportation providers.

ART provides service 7/day week. Service typically begins at 7 AM and continues through midnight, or one hour before the Disneyland Resort opens, continuing through one hour after close. Daily schedules are available on the individual routes pages in the RIDEART.ORG top menu dropdown “Routes and Schedules."

Plan ART trips on-the-go with your mobile phone. Use RIDEART.ORG, use a mobile app such as Google Maps or Apple Maps (see RIDEART'S App Center for other mobile app options).

ART passes are available for purchase online, by mobile phone (iOS, Google Play), at participating hotels and more.

DESTINATIONS: Disneyland Resort, Downtown Disney, Knott's Berry Farm, Medieval Times, Pirate's Dinner Adventure, Anaheim Packing District, Anaheim GardenWalk, Angel Stadium, Honda Center, Bowers Museum, MainPlace Santa Ana Mall, South Coast Plaza, San Clemente Pier (via ART and Metrolink). 

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Uber is an easy option to get around. One tap and a car comes directly to you. Your driver knows exactly where to go. And payment is completely cashless. Tap a button, get a ride. Choose your ride and set your location. You’ll see your driver’s picture and vehicle details, and can track their arrival on the map. No cash, no tip, no hassle. When you arrive at your destination, just hop out—Uber automatically charges the credit card on file. And there’s no need to tip. Must be 18 or older.

To ride, sign up online or download the app (iOS, Google Play, Microsoft). Use code EHNZE to receive $20 off your first ride.

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Metrolink is Southern California's premier regional passenger rail system serving over 55 stations across the region. The Orange Metrolink station is conveniently located just steps from the Chapman University Partridge Dance Center. For more long distance adventures, use Metrolink's $10 Weekend Day Pass on either Saturday or Sunday for unlimited rides systemwide.

DESTINATIONS FROM ORANGE STATION: Downtown Fullerton, Museum of Contemporary Art (Downtown LA), Historic San Juan Capistrano, The Mission Inn (Riverside), Exposition Park, Citadel Outlets, Hollywood, Pasadena, Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Koreatown, Olvera Street, Beaches, Santa Monica, L.A. Union Station, Broad Museum and more!


Questions? Contact:
Tawny Chapman
Summer Intensive Director