The New Movement



Patrick Corbin puts dance into words for Dance Studio Life

Dance Studio Life, a leading publication for studio owners and dance teachers nationwide, now includes a regular column written by USC Kaufman faculty member Patrick Corbin. Every month, Corbin will share wisdom from his long career as a dancer and instructor in “2 Tips for Modern and Contemporary Teachers.” His contribution the magazine’s the January and February issues include “Contractions and Expressive Feet” and “Hinges and Finding Shapes in Space.”


Student Blog: Learning with the lovely Fiona Lummis

By Satori Folkes-Stone

In the shark tank that is college, USC Kaufman students are so unbelievably privileged to have 33 built-in supporters. Even the faculty exudes a familial energy that creates an extremely comforting environment to expand in artistically.

Since the beginning of first semester, we’ve had a number of guest teachers come in to work with us. Naturally, a bit of adjustment time is required to warm up to our new temporary team member. But our most recent guest, Fiona Lummis, slipped in Monday afternoon as though she’d been here all year. Maybe I can’t speak for the rest of the Kaufmanites, but despite the bumpy road through the “name game,” I immediately felt comfortable around her.



Midterm Showings

Students from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance freshman class will show student choreography in addition to repertory works in progress during studio showings to be held Feb. 26 and 27. Family and friends are invited to join us for one of two programs: On Friday, Feb. 26, the showing will include works choreographed by USC Kaufman BFA student dancers. On Saturday, Feb. 27, BFA students will show excerpts from the professional repertory they have learned this year.

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Bill T. Jones

On March 8, choreographer Bill T. Jones will appear at USC’s Bovard Auditorium in “The Artist as Leader: Meet Bill T. Jones,” an evening of dance and discussion presented by USC Visions and Voices. The two-part program includes a conversation with Kenneth Foster, director of the USC Arts Leadership Program, followed by Jones’s multidisciplinary work “Story/Time” featuring a collaboration with students from the USC Thornton School of Music and USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.

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Hubbard Street 2

Hubbard Street 2, the second company of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, will perform original works by emerging choreographers in an evening of dance presented by USC Visions and Voices. The performance will be followed by a post-show discussion led by USC Kaufman Vice Dean and Director Jodie Gates.

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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.