The New Movement



First class of USC Kaufman dancers offers promise and poise

By Allison Engel

There was an overwhelming response from prospective students for the inaugural class of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. The result, according to Jodie Gates, vice dean of the school, is a first class composed of 33 outstanding students.

“It’s an incredibly diverse class full of hybrid dance artists,” she said, “from aspiring choreographers to hip-hop dancers to ballet dancers to contemporary dancers.” – Jodie Gates

Gates said the class collectively fulfills the vision of what it means to be a hybrid dance artist, one who is well versed in several different styles.

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USC Choreographic Institute

The choreographic institute is a flexible research platform advised by choreographer William Forsythe.

Students will be part of fieldwork and studies that develop taxonomies, methodologies and mediums for articulating possible actions in the field of choreography. The Institute will work closely with partner schools within USC, including the School of Cinematic Arts and the Thornton School of Music, and will engage with practitioners from a variety of disciplines to provide stimulating ground for creation and curiosity.