In addition to company class in the mornings, Backhausdance directors, company members and apprentices are teaching regularly in the Southern California area. Take a look at the schedule below to find a class that will fit into your weekly schedule and current dance training level.
Jennifer Backhaus / Artistic Director
Ms. Backhaus is currently on the dance faculty at Chapman University. She is a certified Pilates instructor and teaches modern dance technique and dance conditioning. She is also a teaching artist for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' (formerly Orange County Performing Arts Center) Education Programs where she shares her love for dance and choreography with local students.
Kim Olmos / Rehearsal Assistant & Ballet Mistress
Ms. Olmos spent five seasons as a company member with the former Ballet Pacifica, where she performed in ballets by Peter Pucci, Ann Marie De Angelo, Choo-San Goh, Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Molly Lynch. She was also a faculty member and the school's Registrar at the former Ballet Pacifica Conservatory where she taught ballet and modern and choreographed for the conservatory. Ms. Olmos was formerly the associate director of a pre-professional dance studio in Mission Viejo and Co-Artistic Director of B-2, a pre-professional dance company.
Backhausdance Open Company Class
Chapman University / 190 North Cypress St, Orange Ca 92866
Fridays 9:00-10:30am Advanced/Professional Ballet (Ages 15+)
Amanda Kay White / Founding Company Member
Amanda has been a faculty member at Chapman University since 2005 and MV Dance & Performing Arts Center since 2002. Along with teaching at MVDPAC, she also directs their national award winning dance team and COMPASS DANCE founded in 2009. Compass Dance is a pre-professional dance company for young dancers ages 14-18. At the current number of 11 dancers, Compass Dance prepares young dancers for the real world with a "concert dance" experience. She was also recently appointed Education Director for the Dance Discovery Foundation.
Mission Viejo Dance & Performing Arts Center / 27652 Camino Capistrano, Suite B, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Mondays 6:00-7:30pm Pro Am Contemporary Jazz
Mondays 7:30-9:00pm Pro Am Modern
Tuesdays 7:00-8:00pm Intermediate Teen Jazz (Ages 13-17)
Thursdays 7:30-9:00pm Pro Am Contemporary Jazz
Tawny Chapman / Company Member
Tawny Chapman is currently in her seventh season as a company member with Backhausdance. Tawny has taught all levels of jazz, lyrical, modern and ballet to students ranging from six to adult since the year 2000. She is on faculty at Impact Dance Center (Los Alamitos), Pacific Coast Academy of Dance (Mission Viejo), and the Orange County High School of the Arts where she teaches modern dance in the Commercial Dance conservatory program. Tawny also directs the dance program at Crystal Cathedral High School and Middle School in Garden Grove. Along with teaching, Tawny directs and choreographs repertory works for Leverage Dance, her own pre-professional company geared toward dancers ages 17 to 22 and founded in 2009.
Impact Dance Center / 5370 Katella Avenue, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Mondays 8:00-9:00pm Lyrical 4 (Ages 12-17)
Tuesdays 4:00-5:00pm Lyrical 1B (Ages 7-10)
Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm Lyrical 1A (Ages 6-9)
Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm Lyrical 2 (Ages 8-12)
Tuesdays 7:00-8:00pm Lyrical 3 (Ages 9-12)
Tuesdays 8:00-9:00pm Tech-Stretch A/B (Ages 10-17)
Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm Entry Jazz (Ages 7-11)
Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm Tech-Stretch B (Ages 8-17)
Wednesdays 8:00-9:00pm Advanced Contemporary/Modern (Teen/Adult)
Chihiro Sano / Company Member
Chihiro Sano, originally from Japan, began her modern dance training at the age of seven under the direction of Akiko Ishii. She joined Backhausdance as an apprentice and has been a full company member since 2010. Chihiro has worked as a rehearsal assistant to Jennifer Backhaus, on projects such as the faculty concert at Irvine Valley College, the East Valley Dance Project in Palm Desert, and the Old Town Temecula Community Theater Dance Project in Temecula. Chihiro is a certified yoga instructor and she is passionated about sharing her love of dance and yoga with people of all ages.
Maple Conservatory of Dance / 1824 Kaiser Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614
Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm Intermediate/Advanced Modern (Ages 13+)
Corepower Yoga, Costa Mesa Studio / 3010 Harbor Blvd Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Sundays 12:30pm-1:30pm Intro to Heated Power Yoga (Ages13+)
Santa Ana Memorial Center / 2102 S. Flower Street Santa Ana, CA 92707
Thursdays 5:30pm-6:25pm Pre Ballet (Ages 3-5)
Thursdays 6:30pm-7:25pm Pre Ballet (Ages 3-5)
Saturdays 9:00am-9:55am Intro to Yoga (Ages16+)
Saturdays 10:00am-10:55am Pre Ballet (Ages 3-5)
Saturdays 11:00am-11:55am Beginning Ballet (Ages 5-7)
Kathy Lawson / Company Apprentice
Kathy Lawson has trained in many styles of dance including Modern, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Swing and Musical Theater. Kathy received her Bachelor of the Arts in Dance from California State University, Fullerton graduating with highest honors. While receiving her education, she performed with Fullerton’s Dance Repertoire Company and performed in many dance concerts working with such artists as Viktor Kabaniev, Rob Kitsos, Roxanne D’Orleans Juste, Risa Steinberg, Marie de la Palme and many more. In addition to performing at ACDFA at the regional festival, Kathy also performed at the National Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Dancecapade / 20430 Yellow Brick Road #8B, Walnut, CA 91789
Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm Tap Ballet Combo (Ages 3-6)
Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm Ballet 1 (Ages 6-9)
Saturdays 10:00-11:00am Tap Ballet Combo (Ages 3-6)
Saturdays 11:00am-Noon Ballet 1 (Ages 6-9)
Saturdays 12:00-1:00pm Jr. Jazz 1 (Ages 6-10)
Saturdays 1:00-2:00pm Jr. Hip Hop 1 (Ages 6-12)
Saturdays 2:00-3:00pm Jr. Jazz 2 (Ages 10-15)
Sundays 11:00am-Noon Jazz 1/2 (Ages 10-13)
Sundays 12:00-1:00pm Ballet 1/2 (Ages 10-13)
Urban Edge Dance Co / 11398 Kenyon Way Suite E Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm Ballet 2 (Ages 8-11)
Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm Tap Hip Hop for Boys (Ages 6-10)
Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm Ballet 2/3 (Ages 11+)
Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm Jazz 2/3 (Ages 11+)
Wednesdays 8:00-9:00pm Lyrical 1/2 (Ages 11+)