By Beau Foley
The USC Kaufman Paris Maymester program immediately introduced us to the city through a unique lens. We toured Paris the first day through the eyes of kings in the 1600s and architects in the 1800s, and finally discovering famous places in modern day France.
Now in its second year, USC Kaufman’s Dance On! Week is becoming a tradition at USC. Students organized over 10 events from April 21- 28, including showings, workshops, and even a flash mob to celebrate and share their love of dance in all its forms on the USC campus. Here is a photographic recap of 2017’s Dance On! Week:
Over the next three months, rising sophomore and junior BFA students of the USC Kaufman School of Dance will be continuing their dance education in summer intensives, booking professional work and sampling other cultures. The New Movement will take flight as USC Kaufman students travel around the world to learn, educate, and create before returning in the fall.
By Jake Tribus
After an 8-hour-long flight, you could imagine how sore my body was, and the lack of sleep wasn’t helping either. The only thing keeping me positive was the thought of walking down the streets of the City of Love, and how I would soon be learning about the salon culture of Paris, in USC Kaufman’s first ever Maymester program.
By Jackie Schiffner
As part of a brand new program, we have the opportunity to develop brand new traditions on the USC campus. One of these traditions that began last year was Dance On! Week. With its purpose of promoting dance across campus, Dance On! Week involves all dance-enthusiasts from BFA majors, dance minors, elective students, dance clubs and crews, and all patrons of the arts.
At Kaufman, we function as a conservatory-based program within a major research university. Having that status–as a college student majoring in dance–can mean quite a heavy load. But do not be discouraged by busy college life. I am going to walk you through a typical day at Kaufman.
By Alyssa Allen
Since January of this year, we’ve been learning and rehearsing diverse repertory to present at our BFA Spring Dance Performance. Including an excerpt of Jiri Kylian’s Falling Angels and Sarabande (staged by Fiona Lummis), Victor Quijada’s Empirical Quotient, an excerpt of William Forsythe’s Enemy in The Figure (staged by Ayman Harper), and new works by Raphael Xavier, Vice Dean Jodie Gates, Christopher Scott and Jessica Lee Keller, our program is extremely diverse and covers such a range of artistry–I feel so fortunate to learn from these legendary choreographers.
By Whitney Hester
One of the best things about spending a minimum of 40 hours a week with my Kaufman family is the closeness that has developed between us. Given the amount of hours we spend in class and rehearsal, you might think we would want to spend our free time apart. However, even on our days off, we often find ourselves together outside the studio.