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February 8–10, 2019

Dance Masters at Chapman 2019Join legendary dancers Elwira Piorun, Desmond Richardson, and Ido Tadmor for an intimate performance featuring these luminaries on Friday, February 8 @ 7:30 p.m. in Waltmar Theatre, followed by a day of thrilling master classes Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10, 2019.

Registration Deadline: February 6, 2019


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+ - Schedule of Events

Friday, February 8, 2019

Dance Masters Performance

Location: Waltmar Theatre

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15 general admission; $10 seniors, alumni, and non-Chapman students; $5 Chapman students, faculty, and staff.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Dance Masters Workshops


Elwira Piorun: Contemporary dance

Desmond Richardson: Contemporary ballet

Ido Tadmor: Contemporary dance

Location: Partridge Dance Center

Times: 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Registration Fee: $35 general public

Note: Dancers must take all 3 classes from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Dance Masters Closing Class

Contemporary ballet barre followed by repertory from “HA-E42”, the duet performed by Ido Tadmor and Desmond Richardson on February 8 in Waltmar Theatre.

Instructor: Ido Tadmor

Location: Partridge Dance Center

Times: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Registrations are not accepted at the door and must be made in advance.

Dance Masters Schedule

Saturday, February 9 Schedule


Elwira Piorun: European Dance Theatre Technique and Repertory

Desmond Richardson: Complexions Dance Company Technique

Ido Tadmor: Ballet for Contemporary Dancers


Partridge Dance Center



10 a.m.






Studio 107

Chapman Dancers

Annex Studio

Alumni/Industry Professionals/Chapman Students/Faculty/Staff

Studio 108

Jr & Sr Int/Adv
High School dancers

10:3011:50 a.m.

Artist #1

Artist #2

Artist #3

121:20 p.m.

Artist #3

 Artist #1

Artist #2

1:30–2:50 p.m.

Artist #2

Artist #3

Artist #1

3–3:30 p.m.

Group Wrap-up



Sunday, February 10 Schedule
Time Partridge Dance Center

10:30–12 p.m.

Ido Tadmor leads this final master class on contemporary ballet barre followed by repertory from “HA-E42”, the duet performed by Ido Tadmor and Desmond Richardson on February 8 in Waltmar Theatre.

+ - About the Artists

Elwira PoirunDancer, teacher, and choreographer Elwira Piorun graduated from the Ballet School in Warszaw and in Ballet Pedagogy from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. She was a soloist of the Teatr Wielki—Polish National Opera in Warsaw. She danced leading roles in performances including Prometheus, Chopin et les Femmes Fragiles, and Verhaengte Spiegel. In 2005 she worked at the Polish Dance Theatre as a teacher and dancer, taking part in Barocco by Jacek Przybyłowicz as well as Tango with Lady M. and Cases of Mr von K. by Ewa Wycichowska. In 2005 she founded, together with Włodzimierz Kaczkowski, Zawirowania Dance Theatre. She is an active promoter of contemporary dance in Warsaw, directing the annual Zawirowania Dance Theatre Festival. As a teacher, she collaborates both with culture/community centers and commercial dance schools. Her company has performed in Spain, Israel, North Korea and other countries and is celebrated for its interdisciplinary, multi-genre cutting-edge approach to dance theater.

Desmond Richardson

Desmond Richardson is the first Black American principal dancer of American Ballet Theater. He received a Tony award nomination for his role in the original cast of Fosse on Broadway, and for the principal character Tony in the Twyla Tharp Broadway production Movin Out

Recently featured on the January 2016 cover of Dance Teacher Magazine, Richardson has been hailed by the New York Times as among the great dancers of his time. He has been a principal member and an invited guest with some of the most prestigious companies in the world: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Frankfurt Ballet, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Royal Swedish Opera Ballet, Mariinsky Theater, the Washington Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet and more.

Richardson has also appeared as celebrity guest performer and choreographer on hit TV shows, films, videos, and stage productions, including the American Music Awards and the Academy Awards; America, Australia and Israel's So You Think You Can Dance for six seasons; and as a performer with Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, and many others.

Ido Tadmor

Ido Tadmor is an internationally acclaimed dancer-choreographer who has performed with legendary dance companies such as Bat Dor, Batsheva, Lar Luvovitch, Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company and the Bolshoi Ballet. He was the 2011 winner of the highly respected Landau Prize in Israel for life achievement, and has toured numerous countries serving as Israel's "Ambassador of Dance” for more than three decades. Tadmor was recently named a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University.



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