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» 3rd Annual Dance Masters at Chapman

In February 2020, the College of Performing Arts is proud to welcome world-renowned guest artists to the Chapman University campus.  The 3rd Annual Dance Masters at Chapman will celebrate dance, music and architecture through lectures, master classes and a public performance with our featured guests. We hope you will join us for this thrilling weekend!


  • Charles Renfro (Architect, Diller Scofidio+Renfro)
  • Igal Perry (Founder, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company)
  • Ido Tadmor (Chapman University Presidential Fellow in Dance)
  • Daniel Gortler (Concert Pianist)


Also featuring:

  • Colin Heininger (Peridance Contemporary Dance Company)
  • Julianne O'Brien (Chair, Chapman University Department of Dance)
  • Daniel Alfred Wachs (Director and Conductor, Chapman University Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music)

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Poster for Dance Masters 2020Friday, February 28, 2020 | 7:30pm

Join us for a celebration of dance, music, and architecture in a collaborative performance with Chapman dancers, faculty, and world-renowned guest artists, including Igal Perry (Founder, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company), Ido Tadmor (Chapman University Presidential Fellow in Dance), Charles Renfro (Architect, Diller Scofidio + Renfro), and Daniel Gortler (Concert Pianist).

Waltmar Theatre
Tickets: $15/$10
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About the Artists

Charles RenfroCharles Renfro is a partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R). He joined the studio in 1997 and was named a partner in 2004. Charles led the design for a number of projects including the James Beard Award-winning restaurant The Brasserie in New York and the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston. He was also partner-in-charge of Zaryadye Park, a 35-acre park adjacent to the Kremlin in Moscow. Charles has also led a number of academic projects at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and Brown University and is currently designing new facilities for Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Toronto. Outside of the Americas, Charles is leading the design of the Museum of Image and Sound in Rio de Janeiro; the Tianjin Juilliard School in China; and Adelaide Contemporary, a new gallery in Australia. Charles is the recipient of WSJ’s 2017 Architecture Innovator Award, the Texas Medal of Arts Award, and is a National Academician. He is a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts.

Igal PerryIgal Perry, Founder and Artistic Director of Peridance Capezio Center and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, is a world-renowned choreographer, ballet master, and dance educator. Mr. Perry's elegant choreography, often in collaboration with contemporary composers, has been described as "blessedly inventive" (Jennifer Dunning, New York Times). Born in Israel, Igal Perry began his dancing career with Karmon, a folk dance company. He later joined the Bat-Dor Dance Company, where he worked with leading teachers and choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Benjamin Harkarvy, John Butler, Rudi Van Dantzig, Inesse Alexandrov, Paul Sanasardo, and Lar Lubovitch. Upon arriving to the United States, Mr. Perry joined Dennis Wayne's Dancers as ballet master and choreographer. During that period, he staged John Butler's work for the NYC Opera, the Opera of Munich, Caracas Ballet, and Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, where he also directed the world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki's opera Paradise Lost. From 1981 to 1982, Mr. Perry headed the ballet department at Jacob's Pillow. In 1983, he launched his dance school, Peridance Capezio Center, now one of New York City's leading dance institutions. A year later, he founded Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, for which he has choreographed over 50 works, with performances at BAM, The Joyce Theater, and City Center. In addition to his daily class at Peridance, Mr. Perry serves as guest faculty/choreographer at The Jacob's Pillow Festival, The Ailey School, and Marymount Manhattan College, and The Juilliard School, where he staged his Intimate Voices and Mourning Song. His international teaching engagements include: Scapino Ballet and Het National Ballet (Holland), Laterna Magica and the National Ballet (Prague), Architanz (Tokyo), The Royal Ballet of Sweden and Balettakademien (Sweden), the National Ballet of China, and the Kwang-Ju City Ballet Company (Korea). In 2007, he was inducted into the Dance Library of Israel Hall of Fame.

Ido TadmorIdo 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. Learn more

Daniel GortlerAcclaimed Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler has delighted both audiences and critics alike with his memorable performances around the world, receiving great praise for both his technical mastery and his musical ingenuity. Daniel Gortler has performed as soloist with orchestras around the world, including the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, NDR Symphony, North-West German Philharmonic, Bochum Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, as well as the Houston, San Francisco, New World, Atlanta and San Jose Symphony Orchestras. In addition, he has also performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as well as all orchestras in his home country of Israel. Other highlights include his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, recital at Wigmore Hall in London and tours in South Africa, Brazil, South Korea, and Turkey. In the USA, Daniel Gortler recently performed recitals at the Museum of Art in Cleveland, in New York at Symphony Space, Jewish Museum, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of art, 92nd street Y, Morgan library, NYU and Rockefeller Universities.

Colin HeiningerOriginally from Hollidaysburg, PA, Colin Heininger graduated in 2016 as an Honors Scholar with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he was named the Valedictorian of the School of Dance. There, he had the privilege of performing works by Sharon Eyal, Netta Yerushalmy, Andrea Miller, Helen Simoneau, Beth Gill, Sidra Bell, and Douglas Becker, among others. In addition, Colin attended the Jacob's Pillow Contemporary program in 2014 and Springboard Danse Montreal in 2016, where he was first connected to Igal Perry and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. Colin is very excited to be joining PCDC for his third season.

Julianne O'BrienJulianne O'Brien has a background in the field of dance as a performer, choreographer, academic leader, and dance educator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College, a Master of Fine Arts from the Ohio State University, and is certified yoga instructor and Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. Prior to joining Chapman University, she served as the Dean of the School of Dance at Dean College in Massachusetts and as program director and professor at Eastern Michigan University. She teaches modern techniques, pedagogy, dance history, career seminars, yoga, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Laban movement analysis, improvisation, and choreography. Julianne performed as a founding member and soloist for fourteen years with the Peter Sparling Dance Company. While with Sparling, who was a member of both the Limon Company and the Graham Company, she had the opportunity to train deeply in two foundational modern techniques. She has also had the privilege of performing with William (Bill) Evans, and in repertory by Isadora Duncan set by Lori Bellilove. She has choreographed more than fifty works that have been seen in venues across the states and in El Salvador and received numerous grants and awards for choreography including funding from the US Embassy in El Salvador, and selection for the 2016 American College Regional Dance Festival. Learn more

Daniel WachsDaniel Alfred Wachs emerged on the international scene following his debut with the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg in November 2010, leading a world première by Toshio Hosokawa at the Grosses Festspielhaus. The Austrian press praised: “Engaging, rhythmically inspired, precise in its execution, the “Mambo” was equal to a performance by Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra!” Wachs has guest conducted Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, the National Symphony Orchestra (as part of the National Conducting Institute), the Sarasota Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the Oakland Symphony, the Monterey Symphony, the Spartanburg Philharmonic, and New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. Wachs has also served as assistant conductor at the Cincinnati Opera and for the French première of Bernstein’s Candide at the Théâtre du Châtelet, a Robert Carsen co-production with La Scala and the English National Opera.  Learn more

Auditions for Peridance Summer Intensives

During this year's Dance Masters weekend, we are honored to host regional auditions for Peridance Summer Intensives.

Saturday, February 29, 2020 | 10:00 - 12:00pm
Partridge Dance Center, 190 N Cypress St, Orange, CA 92866
Instructors: Igal Perry and Colin Heininger
Fee: $30 Application Fee (fee waived for Chapman students)
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Blueprint Summer Intensive

  • August 3rd - 15th, 2020
  • 2-WEEK Intensive
  • Ages 17-25

BLUEPRINT bridges the gap between conservatory ballet technique and the innovation of the current contemporary dance scene. Dancers come face-to-face with influential educators, polish technique, learn and perform repertory from top companies, and develop their artistic voices through classes in improvisation, composition, and variations. BLUEPRINT past repertory has included Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Batsheva, LINES Ballet, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Jacoby and Pronk, Christopher Wheeldon, Manuel Vignoulle, Sidra Bell Dance New York, MOVETHECOMPANY and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Learn more

Teen Summer Intensive

  • June 29th - July 19th, 2020
  • 3-Week Intensive
  • Ages 11-17

The Teen Summer Intensive at Peridance is a three-week comprehensive training program. Throughout the 3 weeks, the students train in a variety of disciplines including Ballet, Pointe/Pre-Pointe, Men's Technique (Advanced level ONLY), Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Theater Dance, Hip Hop, Pilates, and Improvisation, as well as participate in repertory rehearsals to learn choreography from members of our astounding faculty. In addition to the 18+ required classes per week, students are able to take up to 15 additional classes from Peridance's Open Classes. Students will be able to select from a variety of techniques and styles, and dance alongside working New York City professionals! At the end of the 3 weeks, the Intensive participants demonstrate their amplified understanding of technique, movement, artistry, and performance skills in a fully produced performance presented at Peridance's in-house Salvatore Capezio Theater. Housing is available for the duration of the intensive for all participating Teen Summer Intensive students. Learn more


About the Department

The Department of Dance at Chapman University is located in the city of Orange, CA, just steps away from the Orange Plaza Historic District and minutes from many world class hotspots.

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