Photo: USC Kaufman BFA Student Jessica Muszynsky | Photo by Rose Eichenbaum

Faculty News

Hip-hop educators gather at USC Kaufman | Photo by Carolyn DiLoreto

March 8, 2017

‘The Cypher’ summit at USC Kaufman gathers hip-hop educators

A unique dialogue between hip-hop dance academics and practitioners began at the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center on March 5. “The Cypher: 2017 hip-hop dance education summit” gathered educators, choreographers, researchers, dancers and community leaders to strategize on the future of the art form.

Dusty Button of the Boston Ballet in William Forsythe’s “Artifact.” | Photo by Rosalie O'Connor, published in The New York Times. Courtesy of Boston Ballet.

March 3, 2017

All eyes on Forsythe’s “Artifact,” on display at Boston Ballet

Currently on stage at Boston Ballet, William Forsythe’s “Artifact” has received broad attention from the media.

The piece, which the world renowned choreographer and USC Kaufman faculty member designed in 1984 for Ballett Frankfurt, has gone through a process of evolution since its inception more than three decades ago.

USC Kaufman faculty member Christian Vincent featured in "Windsor Life Magazine"

February 22, 2017

Windsor Life Magazine presents Christian Vincent’s profile

USC Kaufman’s jazz and tap lecturer Christian Vincent was featured in Windsor Life Magazine, a lifestyle publication from his hometown in Canada.

In her article, Karen Paton-Evans takes the reader through Vincent’s journey as a dancer.

“He observes that anyone who dances is rewarded for their efforts. Whether the dancers are professional or young kids trying out hip-hop moves or a middle-aged couple taking their first ballroom dance class, dance improves their health, motor skills, stress levels and confidence,” highlights Paton-Evans.

Read the full article on Windsor Life Magazine

Fiona Lummis teaches Jiří Kylián "Stepping Stones" to Houston Ballet dancers

February 16, 2017

Fiona Lummis carries Kylián work to Houston Ballet and beyond

Jiří Kylián’s pupil and faculty artist in residence Fiona Lummis discusses the expanding legacy of emblematic choreographers from the second half of the 20th century as she stages Kylián’s “Stepping Stones” (1991) at The Houston Ballet.

February 6, 2017

Faculty Q&A with Gillian Finley

Gillian Finley, USC Kaufman’s newest lecturer, joined the faculty this spring and has an extensive background in both ballet and teaching. She has danced with Ballet Pacifica, Nevada Dance Theatre, and Eugene Ballet; along with a B.A. in Dance from the University of California Irvine, an M.A. in Arts Management from American University, and a Stott Pilates certification, Finley has dance experience that makes her the perfect fit for USC Kaufman’s blend of conservatory dance and university education.


January 27, 2017

Boston Globe highlights Forsythe’s “Artifact” at Boston Ballet

USC Kaufman faculty member William Forsythe is bringing his four-act ballet “Artifact” to Boston Ballet as a part of his five-year contracted relationship. In a recent article, the Boston Globe’s Karen Campbell writes about Forsythe’s connection with the company.

“…the dancers love working with Forsythe, too. “We’re incredibly excited,” confirms soloist Patrick Yocum following the rehearsal. He says “Artifact,” the third Forsythe work in which he has danced, demands intense concentration, and he calls it “wonderful, strange, shocking.””

Read more about the staging process at the Boston Globe.


January 20, 2017

Spring Class Spotlight: DANC 189a Tap Dance with Christian Vincent

Open to all university students–dance experience or not–Tap Dance 189a with lecturer Christian Vincent focuses on “rhythms, syncopation, and musicality, developing into complex steps and elementary dances with progressive understanding of weight change, improvisation, and combinations of sound.” We asked Vincent, whose credits range from Prince and Stevie Wonder to “She’s All That” and “The Wedding Planner,” a little more about his class and about tap dance:

William Forsythe at USC Kaufman

January 17, 2017

“He’s Back” – Dance Magazine interviews William Forsythe

Dance Magazine’s Jennifer Stahl interviewed acclaimed choreographer and USC Kaufman faculty member William Forsythe for the magazine’s January 2017 issue. In the article about his return to the United States, Forsythe shared his views on contemporary ballet and explained how working with the USC Kaufman students contributes to his personal artistic work.

“The USC students are like my lab. They learn the work, and also how I’m making the work. I really enjoy teaching, telling them everything I know about the subject.” said Forsythe.

Read the article on Dance Magazine.


January 13, 2017

Achinta McDaniel featured in AP News story

USC Kaufman faculty member Achinta McDaniel was recently featured in AP News story “Bollywood goes Hollywood with dance fitness regime.” McDaniel speaks about the growing community for Bollywood as a workout in Los Angeles.
“People don’t have to go to the gym to workout. They just come to class to go crazy, to let their hair down, to really be a Bollywood diva or divo for the guys, and just let loose and take a one hour dance class with me screaming and yelling at them the whole time,” McDaniel said.

Dance Magazine features Victor Quijada's "RUBBERBANDance Group" | Photo by Jim Lafferty

January 10, 2017

Dance Magazine features USC Kaufman’s artist in residence Victor Quijada

The January 2017 issue of Dance Magazine features choreographer and USC Kaufman faculty artist in residence Victor Quijada. The article by Ellen Chenoweth highlights the 15-year anniversary of Quijada’s company, RUBBERBANDance Group, and the innovative RUBBERBAND Method.

“Over the course of its 15-year history, RUBBERBAND has been incorporating street styles as well as contemporary and classical traditions, bringing them together in a powerful union…The method prepares dancers not only to tackle the demands of his choreography, but to interpret his work, and truly become part of the process, creating a ‘big explosion of work’ together,” writes Chenoweth.

Read the article on Dance Magazine.