There is no better way to learn about USC Kaufman than to visit campus! If you are looking for the full experience, join us for the Discover USC On-Campus Open House on Sunday, November 22. This all-day event includes admission and financial aid presentations, campus tours, and an academic fair. USC Kaufman will also offer an information session and master classes.
Student Blog: Moments with Mariinsky
By Celine Kiner and Paulo Hernandez-Farella
Paulo’s first thought as he finished his last reverence on Tuesday was, “I just took a master class with one of the most influential figures in ballet today.” It’s not every day a thought so awe-inspiring crosses your mind, but it seems that in our first two months as BFA students at USC Kaufman have us thinking this almost every day. Our calendar last week was loaded with incredible events; on Tuesday morning, we took a master class with the Mariinsky’s acting head, Yuri Fateyev.
Student Spotlight: Beau Foley
BFA Class of 2019
Hometown: Sunland, CA
“Being a part of USC Kaufman’s inaugural class is a chance for me to explore who I am as a dancer. It’s a chance to be an innovator, a chance to create, start a revolution in dance, and make history.”
Jodie Gates’ Laguna Dance Festival to be honored at Orange County Arts Awards
The Laguna Dance Festival, founded by USC Kaufman Vice Dean and Director Jodie Gates, has been named an honoree at the 16th Annual Orange County Arts Awards. Now in its 11th season, the Laguna Dance Festival has presented more than 40 dance companies, 80 performances, 60 master classes and 50 free events. Under the direction of Gates, the festival has played a significant role in brining wide-ranging cultural and educational opportunities to Southern California.
William Forsythe talks with Chicago Tonight about ballet and his work with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
“You can’t imitate Balanchine, ” said USC Kaufman faculty member William Forsythe in a recent interview with Chicago Tonight. In the interview about his latest work with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Forsythe comments on the significance of Balanchine’s work and his own.
USC Kaufman BFA students have the unique opportunity to study under William Forsythe in addition to learning Balanchine repertory this semester.
Gallery: Salon with Diana Vishneva and Desmond Richardson
Following the Oct. 6 master class with Mariinsky Ballet’s Yuri Fateyev, USC Kaufman BFA students attended a special salon with Mariinsky’s, Diana Visheva and USC Kaufman faculty member Desmond Richardson of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Vice Dean and Director Jodie Gates moderated the discussion.
Gallery: Mariinsky Master Class with Yuri Fateyev
On October 6, ballet master Yuri Fateyev taught a master class to USC Kaufman BFA students in conjunction with the company’s performances at The Music Center. Master classes taught by The Music Center’s resident artists are part of a partnership between The Music Center and USC Kaufman.
Gallery: Behind the Scenes of the BFA Student Photo Shoot
On Sunday September 27, BFA dancers arrived as early as 8:00 a.m. in preparation for the day-long photo shoot with dance photographer Rose Eichenbaum. Images captured by Eichenbaum will soon make their way to onto web and printed brochures. These will be the first professional dance photos of the inaugural USC Kaufman BFA class.