By Whitney Hester
The Spring Dance Performance is not only exciting because it means the end of a semester of classes, but also the end of an entire year. It’s crazy to think that I have been here for two years already–they have gone by so fast. Two years down, and two more to go!
By Juan Miguel Posada
On Saturday, April 14, a large part of the USC Kaufman junior class came together to showcase our very first student-run production. As juniors, and part of the first class, we felt that we needed to come up with something that was going to prepare us for the real world, something that would give us the experience to bridge the gap between being students and employable professionals. R
All semester long, eight of USC Kaufman’s BFA student choreographers collaborated on a piece entitled “Waistcoat” for presentation alongside works of Living Legends at USC Kaufman’s Spring Dance Performance, co-hosted by USC Visions & Voices.
The new work is a choreographic experiment led by junior-year dance majors in USC Kaufman’s choreography concentration — a program designed to guide students who are interested in the field of dance for the stage, motion pictures, television, digital media and animation.
By Matthew Perko
The hit reality television show So You Think You Can Dance took the world by storm when it premiered in July 2005. I remember the day vividly, for it was the empowerment I needed to start dancing in the first place. In particular, seeing other male dancers moving with so much passion inspired my heart and spirit.
By Satori Folkes-Stone
A momentary cloud of sadness fell over the juniors when word spread that Kyle Abraham could no longer teach his scheduled master class after spring break—so you can only imagine our excitement when this dazzling opportunity was returned to us last Thursday. Exhausted from shows and crawling to class with aching bodies, we all pulled it together for an hour and twenty minutes with one of the leading contemporary choreographers of our current dance world.
By Rachel Walton
The rehearsal process for West Side Story has been a long one – but something magical happens as tech week begins and all of the theatrical elements of a performance come together. Beginning with our first sitzprobe rehearsal on Sunday, our musical director, Parmer Fuller, led the orchestra in transforming and filling the theater space with sound.
By Kaylin Sturtevant
At USC Kaufman, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to train closely with artist in residence Victor Quijada, where he teaches us his RUBBERBAND method, developed with his diverse background of breaking, hip hop, classical, and contemporary styles. After working with him for a month at the start of the semester, we actually got to see Quijada’s method translated onto the stage when his Montreal-based company, RUBBERBANDance Group, performed in a USC Visions & Voices concert in Bovard Auditorium.
Performance days are treated just like any other school day for students at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. The school’s most recent show— the second-annual “Choreographers and Composers” performance, which is a collaboration between the sophomores at USC Kaufman and the USC Thornton School of Music—provided one such packed ending to the week before Spring Break.
BFA student choreographer, Kaylin Sturtevant, worked all semester alongside fellow dance majors Whitney Hester and Lillie Pincus to create a piece set to an original sextet by USC Thornton’s Victoria Vasta. But before she could take the stage on the first evening of the Concert, Sturtevant had to make time for all her regularly-scheduled classes and activities— from pilates, to her upper-division writing course, to rehearsal with guest artist Dana Caspersen. She walked us through how she made it all happen:
The Kaufman School of Dance offers everything from a multidisciplinary core curriculum to thorough, in-depth immersion into a personalized concentration. Being a part of USC Kaufman is an honor and a privilege. Kaufman cannot simply be described as a school of dance, because what this school and program offers goes far beyond the exceptional dance training. This program creates a family of teachers, mentors and students. Being part of such a inclusive community of people who share the same passion and determination means the world to me. I could not be more elated to be welcomed into the Kaufman family.