Current dance major Zak Schlegel (’13) has been hard at work over the winter break. Zak is performing with Backhausdance, the award-winning Orange County modern dance company formed by alumna Jennifer Backhaus (’94). First stop was New York City, where he danced in Backhausdance’s “Incandescent” for the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference. The following week the company performed a new work locally, “The Margin,” at Ten Tiny Dances in Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Off Center Festival. Zak is currently preparing with Backhausdance to perform at Dance For Life, an evening of concert dance raising funds and awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Says Zak, “it has been an extremely productive break for both applying my dance studies and gaining crucial professional experience.”
Chapman dance alumnus Ben Bigler (’16) has joined Cher’s “Here We Go Again” world tour as a dancer.
The Hall Musco-Conservatory of Music announced its first-ever recipient of the new Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award for the 2018/19 academic year. The Presser Foundation was established in 1939 under the deeds of trust and will of Theodore Presser, a respected music teacher and publisher. The Foundation supports music performance and education through undergraduate and graduate