Two Hundred Eighty-Two Million Steps and Still Dancing - Backhausdance 10th Anniversary Season

Backhausdance is celebrating their 10th anniversary season. 2012-13 highlights including the 8th annual Summer Intensive and Backhausdance: Deconstructed showcase, and performances at the Laguna Dance Festival, and the Carpenter Center in Long Beach.
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July 10, 2012 - PRLog -- Orange, Calif. Imagine dancing your way around the circumference of the earth 4.3 times, and you’ll understand why Backhausdance is pulling out all the stops to celebrate its Tenth Anniversary Season. Laid end to end, company members’ dance steps stretch for 106,950 miles―nearly four and a half times around the world*.

Backhausdance, Orange County’s resident contemporary dance company founded in 2003 by award-winning choreographer Jennifer Backhaus, will kick off the Tenth Anniversary Season with its annual Summer Intensive, August 6-18, a program designed for pre-professional and collegiate level dancers who want to challenge themselves technically and grow artistically. Housed at Chapman University, the intensive attracts over 50 students from as far as Greece, Switzerland and Japan. The Summer Intensive boasts world-class faculty and culminates with students performing in Backhausdance: Deconstructed, a number of repertory works that include Backhausdance company members, on Aug. 17-18, 7:30PM, at the Partridge Dance Center at Chapman University. Visit or (714) 497-3137 for tickets.

On Sat., Aug. 25, 2012, Backhausdance will host a gala Tenth Anniversary Event to honor supporters, collaborators and friends of the company. The evening will include performances by Backhausdance. By invitation only; press welcome.

Backhausdance will be presented by Laguna Dance Festival on Friday Sept. 7, 2012, 8 PM, at the Laguna Playhouse. The company will perform its signature, multi-award-winning piece, Sitting on January as well as Connections. The evening will also include Lester Horton award-winning pieces Push and Love and Other Impossibilities; and finally The Margin, a dynamic and athletic dance performed on a four-foot by four-foot stage, commissioned by Segerstrom Center for the Arts in 2011. Visit or for additional information.

Backhausdance will be presented by The Carpenter Center in Long Beach on Sat., Feb. 2, 2013, 8 PM. The performance includes repertory pieces Sitting on January, and Duets, a suite for three men and three women that explores relationships through quick, quirky gestures and seamless partnering. The capstone on the evening will be the premiere of Ms. Backhaus’ latest work. Tickets are available either online at or by phone at (562) 985-7000.


*Curious? Here’s the math: 15 minutes of dancing at an average rate requires 1,364 steps. A 15-minute Backhausdance piece involves on average six dancers, or 8,184 steps. At three pieces per performance that’s 24,552 steps times 115 “performances” per year (10 educational performances, 5 traditional events plus two rehearsals per week) = 2,823,480 steps in a year times 10 years = 282,348,000 steps. There are approximately vyzpt 2,640 steps in a mile for the average size adult. 282,348,000 / 2,640 steps = 106,950 miles. The earth’s circumference is 24,860 miles. 282,348,000 / 24,860 = 4.3.

To schedule an interview with Backhausdance Founder and Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus, please contact Jeremy Hunt at (714) 497-3137 or Photos available upon request.

Founded in 2003, Backhausdance is Orange County’s critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, known for an eclectic and dynamic movement vocabulary that expresses a wonderful sense of fluidity and strength. It was recently recognized as “one of seven emerging dance companies in North America” by New York’s Joyce SoHo. Backhausdance has performed extensively at venues and festivals including the Off Center Series and Fall For Dance at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Studio Series at South Coast Repertory, INBOUND Festival at Joyce SoHo in New York, Laguna Dance Festival, the Los Angeles Arts Holiday Celebration held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Celebrate Dance Festival at the Alex Theatre. The company is on the hand-selected and exclusive roster of the InnerState Project, a dance growth project funded by the James Irvine Foundation and the famous ODC Dance in San Francisco. Backhausdance has received 15 nominations and ten Lester Horton awards from the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles for achievements in choreography, design, and performance, helping propel them to the forefront of Southern California modern dance. For more information visit

Founder and Artistic Director Jennifer Backhaus, a native of Southern California, is an award-winning choreographer and full-time faculty member at Chapman University. Slated to earn her master of fine art degree in dance at the American Dance Festival this summer, her works have been commissioned and produced by companies such as Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Los Angeles Ballet, Orange County Regional Ballet, the McCallum Theatre, and the Utah Regional Ballet, among others. Ms. Backhaus was named one of Orange County’s 40 Under 40 by OC Metro magazine in 2009 and was honored by Chapman University as an Outstanding Alumnus in the Arts in 2008.
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