The New Movement



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.


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.



Discover USC Open House

November 22, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

All prospective USC Kaufman dance students and their parents are invited to join us on November 22 for the Discover USC event. This full-day program, hosted by USC Admissions, will include tours information sessions and more.

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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.