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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.



There are a lot of exciting things in store this year! So, for the next 11 days, be sure to check out our daily emails for fun and interesting facts about our 11th season, our 11 dancers and other important people who make it all happen.

As Backhausdance and its success grows, our programs need your support more than ever. Help to keep our dancers light on their feet, and bringing the gift of dance to our communities. Make a gift to Backhausdance NOW!

To contribute, please visit our $11,000 in 11 Days campaign page. 

Proud Usahacharoenporn
Board President


Carpenter Center - Feb 2

Backhausdance, Photo © Chris EmerickWe are thrilled to be celebrating our 10th season with a one-night performance at the Carpenter Center. The evening length line-up includes a world premiere of The Elasticity of the Almost, a piece in which the dancers maneuver a stage filled with thousands of red balls. The evening will also include performances of The Margin (2012), performed on a 4'x4' stage, and a little duet(s) (2011), originally premiered at South Coast Repertory's Studio Series

Reserve your tickets today by visiting or calling 562-985-7000. 


Ten Tiny Dances

Backhausdance - Ten Tiny DancesWe just wrapped up a great series of performances as part of the Teny Tiny Dances which was part of Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Off Center Festival. I had a blast as an audience member both nights and felt that SCFTA really did well in bringing this show to Orange County

Ten Tiny Dances is an ongoing experiment in constraint. Create a 5-8 mins dance for a 4x4 foot stage. I know I'm a little biased, but Jenny turned out a spectacular piece called Margin. Four of our dancers, Amanda, Liane, Zak and Tawny performed beautifully and took a lot of risks to turn out a very high energy and beautiful performance. It's no easy feat to jump and turn with 4 people in 16 square feet. If you see any of them this week have them show you their bruises. Every rehearsal seemed to produce a new batch.

The other highlights for me were Wade Maden's simple yet beautiful and funny imaginary strip tease, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby, and Angelle Hebert's bizarre and super interesting Splinter. The Floor of the Samueli Theatre will never be the same.

As most good art does, Ten Tiny Dances made me think. In this instance, what is "dance?" Smarter people than me have been debating what constitutes dance for a long time. For me, personally, I wouldn't call half of what I saw this weekend "dance." Performance art that involved some movement? For sure. Dance? For me, no. Does this take away from the work? I don't think so at all. Good stuff is good stuff, I just get hung up on the semantics. It was good programming, a great venue and perfect atmosphere. And it was nice to see Orange County come out to support something new and original.

Finally, here's a brief write-up that the LA Times gave. 

A big thanks to Mike Barber with TTD, and Terry Dwyer & Judy Morr with SCFTA for a great opportunity. And if you are a fan of BD and came to the shows, thanks! You're why we do this.