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USC Kaufman seeks senior business officer

The University of Southern California is seeking applicants for the position of Senior Business Officer I for the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. The Senior Business Officer I serves as the School’s central liaison for matters related to budget and finance. S/he administers the business and financial operations for the school, and plays a key role in the annual budgeting process.

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USC Kaufman seeks full-time assistant professor of practice in ballet technique

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance invites applications for a non-tenure track, assistant professor of practice in ballet technique. USC Kaufman is looking for a collaborative, dynamic and innovative artist-scholar to teach all levels of ballet technique for undergraduate dance majors, non-majors, and minors. Successful candidates will have significant professional and/or university-level experience in teaching ballet technique, men’s ballet technique, classical male variations, classical partnering and contemporary partnering as well as teaching and/or staging classical and/or contemporary master works.

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Spring Class Spotlight: DANC 189a Tap Dance with Christian Vincent

Open to all university students–dance experience or not–Tap Dance 189a with lecturer Christian Vincent focuses on “rhythms, syncopation, and musicality, developing into complex steps and elementary dances with progressive understanding of weight change, improvisation, and combinations of sound.” We asked Vincent, whose credits range from Prince and Stevie Wonder to “She’s All That” and “The Wedding Planner,” a little more about his class and about tap dance:


“He’s Back” – Dance Magazine interviews William Forsythe

Dance Magazine’s Jennifer Stahl interviewed acclaimed choreographer and USC Kaufman faculty member William Forsythe for the magazine’s January 2017 issue. In the article about his return to the United States, Forsythe shared his views on contemporary ballet and explained how working with the USC Kaufman students contributes to his personal artistic work.

“The USC students are like my lab. They learn the work, and also how I’m making the work. I really enjoy teaching, telling them everything I know about the subject.” said Forsythe.

Read the article on Dance Magazine.


Achinta McDaniel featured in AP News story

USC Kaufman faculty member Achinta McDaniel was recently featured in AP News story “Bollywood goes Hollywood with dance fitness regime.” McDaniel speaks about the growing community for Bollywood as a workout in Los Angeles.
“People don’t have to go to the gym to workout. They just come to class to go crazy, to let their hair down, to really be a Bollywood diva or divo for the guys, and just let loose and take a one hour dance class with me screaming and yelling at them the whole time,” McDaniel said.


OC Register names Jodie Gates among the most influential in 2016

USC Kaufman Vice Dean and Director Jodie Gates was named among Orange County’s most influential people in 2016.

In a recent profile, The Orange County Register’s Paul Hodgins highlighted why Gates is an influencer: “Gates left a tenured position at UC Irvine to become the founding director of an innovative dance school at the University of Southern California. The Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, which christened its new building earlier this year, is one of the most significant and innovative dance schools in the country.”

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Top Ten Moments: Fall semester at USC Kaufman

This semester, USC Kaufman filled the calendar with intensives, master classes, artists-in-residence, and more. From dancing with Forsythe to opening the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, BFA students enjoyed quite the eventful semester. Visit the timeline for the full semester’s lineup, but for now, here are the top ten moments (in chronological order):

10. Hubbard Street conducts the first summer intensive in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.


USC Choreographic Institute

The USC Choreographic Institute is an international platform for ground-breaking initiatives in choreographic research, practice and mentorship.

The institute explores the intersection of movement with science, technology, and media.  The program also investigates the social good and cognitive value of motion to highlight the significance of the art and function of choreography.  Working closely with partner schools within USC, including the School of Cinematic Arts and the Thornton School of Music, the Institute seeks to engage artists, scientists, gamers, medical researchers and humanists from a variety of disciplines and perspectives.  The Choreographic Institute is currently advised by William Forsythe, the widely-celebrated choreographer and artist acknowledged for reorienting the practice of ballet from its identification with classical repertoire to a dynamic 21st century art form.