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A Choreographic Process: Bella Murrieta Behind-the-scenes look at Works in Progress choreographer

January 24, 2023 by | Dance

Chapman University Department of Dance  kicks off the spring 2023 semester with Works in Progress (WIP), a studio performance showcasing the choreography of B.A. sophomore students. Each piece explores different movements through space, styles, stories and energy. We reached out to sophomore student Bella Murrieta who is double majoring in Dance and Public Relations, Advertising

NEW DATES! Inaugural Dance Masters at Chapman Weekend February 16 – 18, 2018

January 2, 2018 by | CoPA News

Chapman University is pleased to introduce the inaugural Dance Masters at Chapman weekend, February 16 – 18, 2018. The weekend begins with an intimate public performance on Friday, February 16, 2018 with legendary dancers Dwight Rhoden, Ido Tadmor, and Clifford Williams at 7 p.m. in the Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall. The performance includes highlights of Dwight Rhoden’s repertory in a lecture-demonstration format,

College of Performing Arts announces 10th Anniversary Performance Season

May 22, 2017 by | CoPA News

Chapman University’s 2017-18 academic year marks the thrilling tenth anniversary of the formation of the College of Performing Arts! To mark this great milestone, several special CoPA 10th Anniversary events are planned throughout the performance season beginning in October 2017. Did you know? CoPA produces over 100 shows and concerts every year as part of Chapman’s pre-professional curriculum in

Dance ensemble invited to perform at iconic Joyce Theater

February 11, 2015 by | CoPA News

Two Chapman dance faculty members will travel with a select student ensemble to perform at an iconic dance venue this weekend in New York City. Dean Dale A. Merrill was invited to bring a student ensemble to perform in the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation’s (NYCDAF) annual dance concert benefit ” Destiny

Student Choreography Featured in Dance Works in Progress

January 29, 2014 by | CoPA News

Dance Works in Progress, an intimate and informal studio dance performance showcasing the works of emerging student choreographers, will be performed February 8-9 in Partridge Dance Center 107.  Directed by Robin Kish, Nancy Dickson-Lewis and Jennifer Backhaus, the performances will be followed by dialogue with the dancers.  Performances are both days at 2pm and 7:30pm, and

Fall Dance Concert Choreographer Liz Maxwell

August 26, 2013 by | CoPA News

Associate professor of dance Liz Maxwell is one of several faculty choreographers who will be contributing to the Department of Dance’s Fall Dance Concert.  The theme of Professor Maxwell’s piece is related to the idea of “liminal space”, which is defined as “occupying a position at or on both sides of a boundary or threshold.”

Spring Dance Concert Coming in May

March 13, 2013 by | CoPA News

The annual Spring Dance Concert, directed by instructor of dance Jennifer Backhaus, will be held in the Waltmar Theatre May 8-11.  This fully-produced concert will feature choreography by dance majors Ellen Akashi, David Bagley, Sami Dedolph, Emily Duncan, Natalie Iscovich, Shelby LaRosa, Molly Myers, Derek Nemechek and Alexi Theodore.  For more information and tickets, visit

Dance Works in Progress, February 16-17

January 29, 2013 by | CoPA News

The Department of Dance’s annual Works in Progress show will feature 31 first-time choreographers  and 66 dancers split into two separate concerts Saturday and Sunday.  Says director Robin Kish, assistant professor of dance, “the students have been rehearsing since January 2 and are excited to present their final works on stage!”   Works in Progress

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