The New Movement



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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Lil Buck teaches Memphis-style jookin at USC

By Joanna Clay

The USC community had a rare opportunity Wednesday night — take a dance class with Lil Buck.

If the name isn’t familiar, Google will quickly get you up to speed. Charles “Lil Buck” Riley has been featured in The New York Times and Vogue. He’s performed with Yo-Yo Ma and Madonna.

A mixture of the public, students, staff and faculty — likely nervous, since they weren’t dance majors — filled a studio in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.

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Student choreographers display 360-degree artistry

USC Kaufman will showcase works choreographed by its students. On Nov. 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m., 13 pieces choreographed by BFA sophomores will be shown in the Performance Studio of the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center. The cast will include both freshman and sophomore students. Audiences will experience dances to tunes that include funk, soul, orchestral music and cello.

“I’ve seen them grow a lot. They’re taking risks and they’re getting better at creating a cohesive whole,” said professor Thomas McManus. “Their hard work and dedication to this project is remarkable.”


Innovations abound at The Fall Dance Performance

Enthusiastic crowds filled the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center from Nov. 15 to Nov. 19 as USC Kaufman’s BFA students presented their Fall Dance Performance. Throughout six performances, the dancers delivered seamless executions of various works representing different generations of dance.

The students, all freshmen and sophomores, demonstrated the versatility of USC Kaufman’s guiding principle, The New Movement. Not only did they display an array of technique, from classic ballet to hip-hop, but they also committed to training and performing in different dance roles for each presentation.


Faculty Feature Video: Jackie Kopcsak

USC Kaufman faculty member Jackie Kopcsak explains her dance philosophy and her history background, and how she brings them together in her classes at USC Kaufman.

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.