THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

TAWNY CHAPMAN, originally from Southern California, has worked for more than a decade as an accomplished performer, innovative choreographer and influential educator. Currently performing in her ninth season as a veteran dancer with Orange County’s critically-acclaimed Backhausdance, her professional performance credits include Jazz Spectrum Dance Company, Sean Greene Dance Company, William Lu's DAS Dance, Fox Family’s House of Pop and music videos for artists Yo-Yo Ma and Clutch. Graduating with a BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University and as an alumna of the Orange County School of the Arts’ Commercial Dance program, Tawny has worked closely and performed the works of Alonzo King, Arturo Fernandez, Jennifer Backhaus, Sean Greene, Jodie Gates, Molly Lynch, Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Liz Imperio and Dee Caspary, among others.

As a dance educator, Tawny seeks to challenge her students to move in new and unconventional ways. She is currently on faculty at Impact Dance Center (Los Alamitos) and the Orange County School of the Arts’ Commercial Dance conservatory program. Tawny also directs the dance program at Crystal Cathedral High School and Middle School in Garden Grove. Encouraging her students to continue developing both the technique and artistry necessary to navigate the collegiate and professional dance world, Tawny has paved the way for her former students to go on to attend prestigious dance programs (Boston Conservatory, LINES Ballet/Dominican University of California, Chapman University, SUNY Purchase, NYU Tisch, UNLV, CSU Long Beach, EDGE Scholarship Program) and secure professional dance contracts (Oregon Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America, Disneyland Resort, Nickerson-Rossi Dance).

In addition to performing and teaching, Tawny is rapidly gaining respect for her unique and award-winning choreography. Serving as the resident choreographer and Artistic Director of Leverage Dance, her works have been performed at Pasadena Dance Festival, Backhausdance’s Platform, Encore Dance Festival, Studio A Dance’s DanceSpot, Hart Pulse Dance’s MixMatch Dance Festival, The Core Collective, and beyond.

For more information on Tawny's current teaching schedule or upcoming performances, please visit www.tawnychapman.com