Photo © Jack Hartin, Backhausdance's The Elasticity of the Almost


TAWNY CHAPMAN, originally from Southern California, has worked for more than fifteen years as an accomplished dancer, innovative choreographer and influential educator. Outside the dance studio, she freelances as a Social Media Manager and Graphic Designer for a variety of businesses and organizations in Southern California. To learn more about Tawny's design and social media services, visit her design site.

Currently performing in her fourteeth season as a veteran dancer with Orange County’s critically-acclaimed Backhausdance, Tawny is a graduate of Chapman University with a BFA in Dance Performance and an alumna of the Orange County School of the Arts’ Commercial Dance conservatory. She has performed the choreography of Dwight Rhoden, Jennifer Backhaus, Jodie Gates, Yin Yue, Ido Tadmor, Walter Matteini, Sean Greene, Liz Imperio, and Dee Caspary, among others. 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.

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 where she also serves as a conservatory facilitator. 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 continue studies at prestigious dance programs (USC, UCLA, Boston Conservatory, LINES Ballet/Dominican University of California, Chapman University, PACE University, SUNY Purchase, NYU Tisch, University of Utah, Cornish College of the Arts, UNLV, CSU Long Beach, EDGE Scholarship Program) and secure professional dance contracts (Oregon Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Lines, Holland America, Disneyland Resort, Nickerson-Rossi Dance, Rhapsody in Taps).

In addition to performing and teaching, Tawny’s award-winning choreographic 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.