Yorba Linda, CA

Company Dancer, Backhausdance

Samuel DeAngelo, from Yorba Linda, CA, began dancing at the age of 18 at Santiago Canyon College. After discovering his deep passion for dance, he trained at Santa Ana College, and then transferred to Chapman University. In 2016, he graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Dance Performance and was awarded multiple awards for both performance, as well as choreography. After graduation, he has worked with companies such as Anaheim Ballet, Ponybox Dance Theater, Shieldwall Dance Company, Disney Cruise Line, where he was a part of the opening cast of Beauty and The Beast, and most recently, has joined FUSE Dance Company under the direction of Joshua Estrada-Romero. He has worked with choreographers such as Jennifer Backhaus, Ido Tadmor, Yin Yue, Amanda Kay White, Sean Greene, Andrea Guise, Leann Alduenda, and Connor Gallagher. Additionally, he has also participated in notable intensives and workshops, including Backhausdance’s Summer Intensive, BODYTRAFFIC, Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC), and Jacob Jonas the Company (JJTC). Samuel joined Backhausdance as an apprentice, and became a full company member in 2017. This is Samuel’s third season with Backhausdance.


Students will work alongside Backhausdance company members to recreate sections from signature choreographic works. Phrasework and partnering sequences will be explored from a diverse cross-section of Backhausdance repertory. For those participating in the culmination performance, daily attendance is mandatory.

This Partnering class will focus on the fundamentals of building trust, strength and support. We will explore the push and pull of a partnership and understand how to move together as one unit. During the duration of the intensive, we will start every class with strengthening exercises along with small improvisational exercises across the floor. Students will also be learning partnering phrases using the ideas and aesthetics behind the Backhausdance partnering techniques.