Experience life in a dance company with award-winning choreographer
IRVINE – Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be in a dance company? Come experience it firsthand at the Great Park as Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Backhaus presents:
An Afternoon of Dance with Backhausdance. An Afternoon of Dance will turn the Great Park’s Palm Court Arts Complex into a dance studio on Sunday, January 20 from 1-3 p.m. and will feature audience participation and performances from Backhausdance.
Audience members of all ages can participate in activities that will test their rhythm and ability to follow dance steps. Backhausdance will then put those skills to use as they perform sections from their award-winning repertory. No dance experience necessary; everyone is encouraged to participate.
About Jennifer Backhaus
Jennifer Backhaus is the Founder and Artistic Director of Backhausdance. She was honored by Chapman University as Alumni of the Year for her artistic success with her company, Backhausdance. Jennifer’s works have been commissioned and produced by the Los Angeles Ballet, Orange County Regional Ballet and Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
About the Great Park Artists-in-Residence Program
The Great Park Artists-in-Residence program is dedicated to showcasing artists that create educational experiences for the community while designing site-specific visual or performance works for the Great Park. The program provides artists with suitable studio space and open studio hours to routinely interact with the general public during their six-month engagement. Participating artists are selected by a panel of public arts experts through a competitive selection process administered by Arts Orange County, the county’s designated local arts agency.
Admission and parking are free. The Great Park Galley and Artist Studios will be open.
The Orange County Great Park is located at Sand Canyon and Marine Way, and can easily be reached by the 5 or 405 freeways.
About the Great Park
Hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Southern California enjoy the Orange County Great Park’s array of recreational and educational opportunities and participate in shared experiences, including panoramic views from the iconic Great Park Balloon that rises 400 feet in the air. Other Great Park features include the Carousel, Farm + Food Lab, Kids Rock Playground, Walkable Historical Timeline, Palm Court Arts Complex, North Lawn recreation area and historic Hangar 244. In addition to free sports clinics, gardening workshops, weekly Farmers Market and other community events, the Great Park hosts an annual series of special events that provide unique experiences for the entire family, including the Growing the Park: Anniversary Celebration, Great Park Pumpkin Harvest, Great Night! Family New Year’s Eve, and the Flights & Sounds Summer Festival. With its approximate 1,300-acre master plan, the Great Park is the centerpiece of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. For more information, please visit www.ocgp.org.