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

Faculty News

Ballet X

July 12, 2017

Press: A Preview of Jodie Gate’s New Ballet

USC Kaufman Vice Dean Jodie Gates explores male-female dynamics in her new ballet ‘Beautiful Once,’ premiering July 12 in the opening of Ballet X’s Summer Series at the Prince Theater. 

GKIDC, Lecture Hall. Photo by Ema Peter

July 6, 2017

USC Kaufman seeks Part-Time Lecturer in Dance Leadership

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance invites applications for a Part-Time Lecturer in Dance Leadership. The selected candidate will teach a course on Dance Leadership, specifically related to preparing students for leadership, management and entrepreneurship in the dance world – including structuring companies, marketing choreography, building a brand, obtaining financing as a dance-maker or institution, facilitating dance initiatives and leading in dance education.

BFA Students in Pointe Class. Photo by Carolyn DiLoreto.

July 6, 2017

USC Kaufman seeks 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. 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 masterworks.

Professor Jackie Kopcsak in Maymester Program. Photo by Mary Mallaney

July 6, 2017

USC Kaufman faculty spreads out this summer

During the summer, the faculty of USC Kaufman takes a well-deserved break from classes and planning. Behind the scenes, however, they’re working on projects of their own–here’s a quick overview of just some of our faculty’s summer schedules.

Kaufman Faculty Member Dawn Stoppiello

June 14, 2017

New Faculty Member Dawn Stoppiello Explores Dance and the Digital Era

With both a BFA and and MFA in dance, along with years of experience in her field, Dawn Stoppiello joins the USC Kaufman faculty to teach on Dance in New Media. Her work at Troika Ranch combines her passion for media as well as somatic practices to explore dance and its relationship to the digital era.

USC Kaufman faculty member Patrick Corbin

April 5, 2017

Podcast “Conversations on Dance” features Patrick Corbin

USC Kaufman faculty member Patrick Corbin was featured in “Conversations on Dance,” a podcast hosted by ballet dancers Rebecca King and Michael Breeden.

Corbin, who is currently staging Paul Taylor’s “Arden Court” for the Miami City Ballet, spoke of his multi-genre background and his responsibility as Taylor’s repetiteur, coaching dancers to perfect the presentation of the choreographer’s works.

Listen to the talk on the “Conversations on Dance” podcast.


April 3, 2017

More than a few things Forsythe this year

An enviable number of premieres and revivals of the works of choreographer and USC Kaufman School of Dance faculty member William Forsythe will be performed around the globe starting this spring. More than 14 of Forsythe’s ballets and 13 of his exhibitions are crossing seas to audiences from Tokyo to Madrid through the end of the year. In addition, four significant publications authored or about Forsythe will make their appearance in 2017.

Hip Hop Conference at GKIDC. 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 Boston Ballet in Faculty Member William Forsythe's "Artifact Suite". Photo published in the NYTimes

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.