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CoPA Dean Judges the Palm Desert Choreography Festival

November 14, 2012 by | CoPA News

Dale Merrill, Dean of the College of Performing Arts, served on a panel of judges for the 15 th Annual Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, CA.  The panel included legendary dancers Donald McKayle, Jodie Gates and Larry Billman and pioneering talent agent Julie McDonald.  The festival highlights new and exciting choreography, offers cash

Dance Professor Judges Professional NBA Dance Team Auditions

November 5, 2012 by | CoPA News

Alicia Guy, associate professor of dance, was selected to judge the Los Angeles Clippers Spirit professional NBA dance team auditions. The highly selective panel of judges included Diane Bonds, choreographer for the LA Laker Girls; John Peters, choreographer for numerous NBA and NFL professional dance teams; LA radio host Brian Sieman; and the LA Clippers

Busy Interterm 2013 for College of Performing Arts Students

October 29, 2012 by | CoPA News

  Students of the College of Performing Arts will be traveling the country as well as honing their skills on the Chapman campus in January 2013.  The New York Theatre Tour will allow theatre students to analyze the interconnectedness of local and global influences within the New York theatre community, as

Backhausdance Win Outstanding Arts Organization Award

September 17, 2012 by | CoPA News

  Backhausdance, the acclaimed Orange-County based modern dance company led by instructor of dance and alumna Jennifer Backhaus (’94), will receive the Arts OC “Outstanding Arts Organization” award at their annual arts awards on September 18. At the forefront of Southern California contemporary dance, this company is now in its 10th year and

Cirque du Soleil to Return to Chapman

September 6, 2012 by | CoPA News

  Professor Alicia Okouchi-Guy, Department of Dance, and Professor Don Guy, Head of Entertainment Technology, will once again bring Cirque du Soleil to Chapman University. The second annual Cirque du Soleil Entertainment and Technology Symposium will be Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2012. The symposium will offer a variety of master classes for

Dance Professor and Students Present at the Medical Problems of Performing Artists Symposium

August 31, 2012 by | CoPA News

Robin Kish, assistant professor of dance, co-chaired the program committee this summer for the 30th anniversary of the “Medical Problems of Performing Artists” symposium in Snowmass, Colorado.  This international symposium had a record number of attendees, with presenters from all over the world.  Honorees for this year included Jacques d’Amboise (a dancer with

Busy Summer for Dance Professor Alicia Okouchi-Guy

August 30, 2012 by | CoPA News

Alicia Okouchi-Guy , assistant professor of dance, and Don Guy , assistant professor of theatre, were invited by Chapman University Chancellor Daniele Struppa to be a part of the Chapman Visiting Scholars Series at the Nicholas Academic Center in Santa Ana. Their presentation on “The Art of Science” included a lecture and demonstration

Chapman Tap Ensemble at the LA Tap Fest

August 17, 2012 by | CoPA News

The Chapman University Tap Ensemble (CUTE) and adjunct instructor of dance Brandee Lara took part in the week-long 10th Annual LA Tap Fest, held at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles August 6-11. CUTE was invited to perform in the 10th Anniversary All-Star LA Tap Fest Concert, starring Jason Samuels Smith, Chloe

College of Performing Arts Dean Teaches Summer Workshop in Montana

July 11, 2012 by | Dance

Dale A. Merrill, Dean of the College of Performing Arts, was invited to serve as a guest instructor at a summer dance workshop for young dancers in Great Falls, Montana.  This program attracted students from all over the state and featured other guest artists Cheryl Johnson of SUNY Brockport and Jay Goodlett, formerly of the

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