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



February 8, 2017

Choreographing for the moment: Jessica Lee Keller and Christopher Scott

Since their first onscreen match-up on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, dancers Jessica Lee Keller and Christopher Scott have been making several dance worlds meet. The two use their contrasting dance backgrounds—hers primarily balletic and his beginning with tap and hip-hop styles—to blend cohesive hybrid movements.

USC Kaufman students rehearse outside the Griffith Park Observatory

February 7, 2017

Step by step: USC Kaufman dancers appear in TV commercial airing around the world

How’s this for an “only at USC” experience? Fifteen freshman and sophomore Bachelor of Fine Arts dance students spent a day in January dancing outside the Griffith Park Observatory for a commercial that premiered on Super Bowl Sunday in key markets around the country.

The 60-second Discover Los Angeles ad, which appeared in pregame and kickoff spots in three U.S. cities, will run for 14 weeks and air during the Grammy Awards and the Academy Awards.

Watch the ad and read the complete article on USC News.

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.

d. Sabela Grimes, Raphael Xavier and E. Moncell Durden during hip-hop panel at USC Kaufman

February 1, 2017

Hip-hop minds convene at USC Kaufman

Five hip-hop dancers and educators gathered at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance on Jan. 26 to share stories of their backgrounds and insights on the evolution of the art form. Visiting artist and award-winning breaker Raphael Xavier joined faculty members Tiffany Bong, E. Moncell Durden, d. Sabela Grimes and faculty artist in residence Victor Quijada in the discussion.


January 30, 2017

Student Blog: Breaking into something new with Victor Quijada

By Alvaro Montelongo

Working with Victor Quijada, founder and co-director of RUBBERBANDance Group, has been a challenging and fulfilling journey. It is not often that we get to go on two hands and upside down, as dancers or as everyday pedestrians.


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.

Hubbard Street Summer Intensive Student Jane Zogbi with Hubbard Streed Dance's Issac Aoki in rehearsal at USC Kaufman | Photo by Celine Kiner

January 24, 2017

Dance Magazine features Hubbard Street’s summer intensive at USC Kaufman

The Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Los Angeles Summer Intensive at USC Kaufman was featured in the January 2017 issue of Dance Magazine. The two-week program will be hosted for the second year at the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, June 19-20, 2017.

“The new Los Angeles program complements Hubbard Street’s well-established pre-professional intensive in Chicago, but the two offer vastly different experiences: Chicago attendees take a range of technique classes, attend career talks and learn Hubbard Street rep, while dancers at USC spend the majority of their time with one choreographer (a different dance maker will lead each year’s intensive), creating a new five-minute work,” writes Dance Magazine’s Claudia Bauer.

Read the article on Dance Magazine


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:

Batsheva Dance Company dancers

January 18, 2017

USC Kaufman’s new partnership with Dance Camera West kicks off with “Mr. Gaga”

USC Kaufman will be launching a dance film series in partnership with Dance Camera West. A special pre-release screening of “Mr. Gaga” will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8. at the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, and will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Tomer Heymann and producer Barak Heymann.