Surrounded by small piles of dark sweaters and jackets, 21 Chapman University student dancers swirl around the floor at the Partridge Dance Center. Despite their closeness, the dancers avoid each other’s touch and stick to their contained spheres of motion. Several times they lift cupped hands to their eyes, creating singular tunnel visions. This collection
Backhausdance returns to the Chapman University campus this July/August for the 2014 Summer Intensives. In addition to the annual one or two-week Advanced/Professional Program , geared toward dancers ages 16 to 24, we will offer a new four-day Pre-Professional Program geared toward younger dancers (ages 12 to 15). Once again, all programs will be housed in
The film Still , directed and choreographed by William Lu ’03, will be screened at the Asians On Film Festival in North Hollywood February 14-16. It has been nominated for Best Editing and Best Short Film.
Alicia Guy, associate professor of dance, and Don Guy, assistant professor of theatre, took a group of dance majors and technical theatre students to see a performance of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem in Irvine and then did a backstage tour lead by the company manager, technical director and operations manager.
Robin Kish, assistant professor of dance, was invited as a guest faculty member for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science course titled Healthy Dance Practice and Performance, and guest speaker at the preconference education workshop at the annual conference of the Performing Arts Medicine Association in Snowmass, CO, where she also presented original
The third annual Cirque du Soleil Entertainment and Technology Symposium, directed by Professor Alicia Guy, Department of Dance and Professor Don Guy, Head of Entertainment Technology, will take place at Chapman University September 28-29, 2013. This year’s event will include performance and technical classes led by Cirque du Soleil and Disney, plus many of the
Many of our faculty members traveled across the Atlantic this summer to teach and perform. Highlights include: Robert Becker, assistant professor of music, was invited to Cremona, Italy as a guest concerto soloist, chamber music artist, and string adjudicator for the International Music Competition and Festival. Assistant professor of theatre Donald Guy and associate professor of
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
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
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