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Premiere in January


Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus and company dancers are in studio preparing for the world premiere of Drift. Tune into BD’s social media spaces (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to catch glimpses into the creative process. Better yet, join us on Saturday, January 30th at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The concert will feature the world premiere of Drift, exploring the concepts of journey, risk and the re-imagination of self, set to an original score by Los Angeles-based electronic band, Fol Chen. Also on the program is the return of crowd-favorite The Elasticity of the Almost. We hope to see you there! TICKETS




Tour to Pinedale, WY

To kick off our 12th season, Backhausdance traveled to Wyoming for the first time to perform at the Pinedale Auditorium on September 12th. We were thrilled to add another state to our tour locations and expose a whole new audience to the eclectic and dynamic world of Backhausdance. The performance included The Elasticity of the Almost as well as the captivating Incandescent. Backhausdance received yet another warm welcome and rave reviews!

Catch a backstage glimpse of what happens when you send 3,000 red balls and nine dancers to Wyoming in the video below.


Summer Wrap-Up

We would like to recognize the commitment and energy of the 2014 Backhausdance Summer Intensive students. This year we were happy to expand our programs by adding a pre-professional track. Over three weeks, we are able to welcome a diverse group of more than 130 students from California, Minnesota, Texas, Nevada and the United Kingdom. It has been such a pleasure watching them grow and expand themselves both technically and artistically. Special gratitude to our incredible 2014 intensive faculty and musicians.

This year's summer intensive programs were made possible in part by a generous grant from The Employees Community Fund of The Boeing Company. We thank the Boeing Company for their support!


Jennifer Backhaus (BD Technique), Jenn Bassage Bonfil (Pilates for Dancers, Composition, Repertory), Tawny Chapman (BD Technique, Repertory), Kathy Duran (Partnering, Repertory), Maria Gillespie (Modern Technique), Melanie Rios Glaser (Contact Improvisation), Kalynn Marin (Yoga for Dancers, Repertory), Dale A. Merrill (Contemporary Ballet), Kim Olmos (Contemporary Ballet), Cyrus Parker-Jeannette (Improvisation), Kaitlin Regan (BD Repertory), Chihiro Sano (Yoga for Dancers, Repertory), Zak Ryan Schlegel (Contemporary Jazz, Partnering, Repertory), Amanda Kay White (Contemporary Jazz), Erik Leckrone (Accompanist), Satomi Kanazawa (Accompanist), Craig Shields (Accompanist)

2014 Summer Intensive Programs

We are excited to announce that registration for our 10th annual Summer Intensive programs is now open!

NEW FOR 2014!
In addition to our annual one or two-week Advanced/Professional program, geared toward dancers aged 16 to 24, we have added a new four-day Pre-Professional program geared toward younger dancers ages 12 to 15. Once again, we will be housed at Chapman University's state-of-the-art facilities.

We will be holding our annual Scholarship audition on Sunday, January 19th at Chapman University. We grant scholarships to the intensive programs based on talent. If you would like to be considered, you must attend the Scholarship Audition or submit an audition video. See our intensive guidelines for more details.

There are limited spaces available in both programs. Registration can be completed in a few easy steps here on our website. Visit our Summer Intensive homepage for details.


Kicking Off 2014 with a Visit to NYC

We are excited to return to New York City in a couple weeks! We will be presenting two thirty-minute performances as part of the APAP|NYC 2014 Focus Showcase. This showcase will feature excerpts from The Elasticity of the Almost, a piece that finds eight of our dancers ferociously moving amongst a shifting sea of red balls. Conceptually driven by the juxtaposition of structure and chaos, the piece deals with our ability to negotiate a constantly changing environment. The dancers attack each new moment with skill, passion, and immediacy as they draw the audience into a world created by athletic, fluid, contemporary movement that is artfully crafted and infused with a sense of humor and theatricality.

If you will be in the New York area, join us for one our two performances. Here are the details:

Friday, January 10, 2014, 7:30pm
Saturday, January 11, 2014, Noon

New York City Center, Studio 4
130 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019 (Between 6th and 7th Avenues)

Admission: Free, limited seats available on a first-come, first-serve basis

APAP Attendees: Please visit Rachel Cohen of Cadence Arts Network at Rhinelander #99 to pick up our promotional materials.