By Alyssa Allen
USC Kaufman’s environment produces many opportunities where dancers and artists can collaborate. We are able to start building connections with other artists on campus that will remain strong after graduation and throughout our professional endeavors. Many of these collaborations have blossomed into friendships that will surely last a lifetime. I believe that now is the best time to collaborate–we are all hungry to create, and are willing to do it for free (a rare opportunity in the working field).
Last month, Hubbard Street inhabited the USC Kaufman studios with a choreographic intensive featuring four choreographers. This month, ballet takes its place in the Ruby and Amethyst studios as the Complexions Academy intensive moves in for two weeks.
By Rachel Walton
USC is a world-renowned university for many reasons: including its famous alumni, impeccable marching band, and memorable fight song (Fight on!). However, with a student body size averaging 44,000 and a campus size of 226 acres, there are bound to be many more secrets to the campus than the ones I’ve uncovered thus far. That being said, after exploring USC for the past two years, I’ve learned a few quirky things that I’m dying to share.
By Lenai Wilkerson
At Kaufman, inspiration is always in the air. I find myself constantly inspired in and out of classes by how beautiful my peers are as artists and individuals. I feel incredibly blessed every day to dance with these people because we all have something different to offer.
By Paulo Hernandez-Farella
Los Angeles is much more than just a “City of Stars;” It is quickly becoming a hub for innovations in culture. While I have lived here my entire life, I have never had trouble finding exciting new things to do in LA.
USC Viterbi’s news page features dance minor Natalie Monger–in addition to her studies at USC Kaufman, Monger is a presidential scholar majoring in computer science and business administration.
“Right now I’m studying the historical aspects of dance and how technology can record dance,” she said. “Eventually, I’d like to start my own company combining art, dance, and high-tech advancements, maybe VR. I just don’t think anything like that is out there right now.”
By Justin Epstein
I’m just finishing up my first week at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Pre-Professional Choreographic Intensive at USC, and it has been incredible. At Hubbard Street, I have had the opportunity to be involved in the choreographic process of Penny Saunders and Pablo Piantino’s latest piece (which has yet to be named).
By Rachel Walton
One of the first words many students use to describe USC Kaufman is family. Within the first week of freshman year, we established a community “cypher” environment among all of the students and faculty. We celebrate the diversity in our community–backgrounds, talents, and interests.