PRESENTED BY BACKHAUSDANCE
AT CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY
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9/23 9:30am - 11:00am Contemporary Ballet with Kim Olmos
9/30 9:30am - 11:00am Contemporary Ballet with Kim Olmos
10/7 9:30am - 11:00am Contemporary Ballet with Kim Olmos
How much you ask? CLASS IS FREE! We want to create an amazing room full of people who want to move!
Class will be taught at an advanced/professional level. We recommend that interested dancers be at least 15 years of age and dancing at an advanced and career-seeking level.
Chapman University Partridge Dance Center
190 North Cypress Street, Orange CA 92866
Street parking. Please note city signs.
KIM OLMOS was born in El Paso, Texas and began her studies in Torrance, California with Diane Lauridsen. She was a member of South Bay Ballet, where she danced leading roles in original works by Charles Maple, John Christafori and Terri Lewis. Kim also studied with Gloria Newman, Gus Soloman and Rebecca Wright while earning her B.A. in Dance from California State University, Long Beach. She retired from Ballet Pacifica in 1994, where she had performed ballets by Peter Pucci, Anne Marie DeAngelo, Choo-San Goh, Lynn Taylor-Corbett and Molly Lynch. Kim was on the conservatory faculty for eight years and assumed the position of Ballet Pacifica Conservatory Registrar in 2004. Ms. Olmos is an Instructor of Ballet at Chapman University. She is currently the Ballet Mistress and rehearsal assistant for Backhausdance, Orange County's award-winning contemporary dance company. Kim is also on the faculty at the Maple Conservatory of Dance in Irvine where she serves as Director of Student Management.
DALE A. MERRILL was the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle Washington from 1985 to 2002. Under his direction, Spectrum grew from a community dance company to a repertory jazz company of national prominence performing works by Ann Reinking, Margo Sappington, Lou Conte, Lar Lubovitch, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and Danny Buraczeski. Born in Richland, Washington, he began studying dance with Willam Christensen, Bruce Marks and Mattlyn Gavers at the University of Utah to augment his theatrical training. While in Utah, Dale performed with Ballet West, Pioneer Memorial Theater and The Utah Ballet Ensemble. In 1992, he became one of the first graduates in the newly instated MFA in Dance at the University of Washington. As part of this nationally recognized program, he was actively involved in the education program of undergraduates, and performed contemporary masterworks of José Limon, Paul Taylor and Anna Sokolow, which added depth to his classical background. Dale has over 16 years of choreographic credits including numerous original works, musical theater production, and a Public Television Special, Voices Across America starring Paul and Mira Sorvino. In 1999, he became an Adjunct Faculty member for the University of Washington Dance Program and for the School of Drama’s Professional Actors Training Program. In addition to teaching full-time in Spectrum Dance Theater’s Educational Programs, Dale has been a guest teacher for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Washington Contemporary Ballet, Seattle Center Academy of Arts & Science, University of Montana, Ballet Bellevue, Montana Dance Arts Association, Black Hills Dance Association, and Very Special Arts Washington. Dale currently serves as the Dean of the College of the Arts at Cal State Fullerton.