By Alyssa Myers
There is a journey in collaboration that is uniquely humbling. I am so glad that my fellow colleagues and I were able to experience this journey through a project with composers; for the sophomores’ Choreographers and Composers showing, we were given the opportunity to work alongside composition majors from the Thornton School of Music.
At the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, students are working to get ahead of the game when it comes to ensuring their future professional success. Recently, several dance majors, such as junior Brandon Carpio and sophomore Rachel Harris, secured agents who will help them to book jobs in the entertainment industry— Carpio specifically for acting, Harris for dance.
USC Kaufman BFA dance majors have worked with over 45 artists since the program’s launch in 2015, from their very first day with Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s co-artistic director Desmond Richardson to a recent residency with bboy and Rock Steady Crew senior vice president YNOT. From the studio to the stage, master classes and residencies have spanned styles, specialties, and even seas, with artists from all over the world.
By Jackie Schiffner
It is so rare to see process happening onstage. We are so used to seeing the finished product, often with the audience so far removed from the performers that it is difficult to see their faces. At USC Kaufman, we have the unique opportunity to present our process to an audience in a much more intimate setting through our midterm showings.
This spring, USC Kaufman dance majors are working to fill large, legendary shoes under the guidance of the school’s expert faculty. The school’s Spring Dance Performance, set for late April, features work by three of the dance world’s “Living Legends:” Jiří Kylián, Paul Taylor and William Forsythe — choreographers with whom the USC Kaufman faculty share great connection. Through this production, the faculty–including Forsythe, himself–will pass their own knowledge on to the next generation of dancers.
By Chloe Kuka
It’s that time of year for high school seniors—a frenzied period of checking email inboxes and refreshing application portals obsessively. It’s college admission letter season! With the April 1 decision deadline fast approaching, we asked freshmen Zack, Londyn, and Matthew about how they got through the stressful but exciting period of time between applying and auditioning for colleges and receiving their admissions decisions.
By Simrin Player
Creativity, authenticity, and originality.
Anthony Denaro, aka YNOT, encapsulated all three of these properties during his residency at USC Kaufman. YNOT truly represents the essence of a hybrid artist, and it was such an honor to be a part of his choreographic process.
Downstairs in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, the Topaz studio undergoes a transformation by night—it is no longer a classroom, but instead New York’s Upper West Side as students rehearse the beloved classic “West Side Story.”