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.
Ava Narayan is a senior majoring in Vocal Performance with clusters in Communication and Leadership. Ava gained invaluable experience working with the San Francisco Boys Chorus at the San Francisco Opera over the summer. This past summer, I landed a job as supervisor for the SF Boys Chorus backstage of the production of Carmen
College of Performing Arts (CoPA) senior Rin Mizumoto is a Theatre Technology major with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She is currently the Technical Theater Intern at the Musco Center for the Arts, but before that she sharpened her technical skills by interning with Upstaging, Inc. over the summer. Read about Rin’s summer internship experience below!