Master Dance Class with Andrea Brache for SUA Students

Date: 11.12.2009

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Location: Dance Studio, Soka University Recreation Center

Andrea BracheAndrea Brache is originally from Thousand Oaks, California, and is one of the founding company members of Backhausdance.  She received her early ballet training from California Dance Theater in Agoura Hills, working with Patrick Frantz, formerly of the Paris Opera Ballet, and Artistic Director Kim Maselli. She was able to attend several intensive summer programs and perform numerous classical and contemporary ballets, including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet, at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. 

While attending Chapman University with a scholarship, Andrea earned a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a B.A. in Advertising.  She was first introduced to modern dance at Chapman and trained with Sean Greene and Jennifer Backhaus.  Andrea continued her ballet training under the direction of Kristen Olson Potts, with whom she worked as a guest artist for seasonal performances.  During her time at Chapman, she received many awards and had several opportunities to perform at the notable Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  As a Backhausdance member, she is part of the Orange County Performing Arts Center's ArtsTeach and ArtsConnect educational programs. 

Andrea was honored with a Lester Horton Award for the 2006 season for Outstanding Achievement in Performance, Small Ensemble for Backhaus' work "eXit," a trio.  She was also awarded a Lester Horton for Outstanding Achievement in Performance, Small Ensemble for the 2007 premiere of a duet titled "Push," one of four sections of Backhaus' work "Shift."  In fall 2008, Backhausdance was invited to perform at the Orange County Performing Arts Center's Fall for Dance, a prestigious concert of world-wide companies, in which she performed "eXit."  

Andrea is grateful for the daily support given to her, which allows her to pursue her love of dance.  She continues teaching ballet, modern, contemporary ballet and pointe in Orange County and thoroughly enjoys working with her students. 

This Master Class is open to the entire student body of Soka University, however, anyone wanting to participate in this event who is not currently enrolled in the Creative Dance class must email Prof. Jan Need at to reserve a spot.