Our top ten moments this fall

December 14, 2017

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BFA students in Barak Marshall's "Monger" | Photo by Rose Eichenbaum

This semester at USC Kaufman, incredible artists were in high demand at USC Kaufman–from Matthew Bourne to Barak Marshall, BFA students experienced the creation process with some of the best. Here are our top ten moments this semester:

10. Class of 2021 attends Welcome Week

USC Kaufman’s new class of 2021 gather to move in, meet the dean, and attend convocation before fall classes begin.

9. Visions and Voices: Ballet BC at Bovard Auditorium

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Ballet BC’s artistic director Emily Molnar works with BFA students Sophia and Celine | Photo by Cameo Beard

Ballet BC visits USC to perform at Bovard Auditorium for a Visions and Voices event, and USC Kaufman students are treated with master classes from artistic director Emily Molnar.

8. Matthew Bourne and New Adventures’ “The Red Shoes”

BFA student Helen Gratch in Matthew Bourne master class
BFA student Mariano Zamora Gonzalez in Matthew Bourne master class
BFA student Juan Posada Penagos in Matthew Bourne master class
BFA student Jessica Muszynski in Matthew Bourne master class
BFA student Juan Posada Penagos in Matthew Bourne master class
Glenn Graham teaching BFA juniors in a number from The Red Shoes
Glenn Graham teaching BFA juniors in a number from The Red Shoes
BFA student Meghan Yamashita in Matthew Bourne master class
BFA student Meghan Yamashita in Matthew Bourne master class
BFA student Alyssa Allen in Matthew Bourne master class

Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures visits The Music Center to perform “The Red Shoes,” and USC Kaufman students enjoy a master class with a few New Adventures dancers.

7. Performance at USC Global Conference in Tokyo

USC Kaufman students travel to Tokyo to perform at the USC Global Conference with Vice Dean Gates, Dean Cutietta, and President Nikias.

6. Flash mob at the USC Village Opening

Getting ready at the front stage of USC Village Opening dress rehearsal
BFA student Rachel Harris performing in USC Village Opening Performance dress rehesarsal
BFA student Jainil Mehta performing in USC Village Opening Performance dress rehesarsal
BFA students Zackery Torres and Simrin Player performing in USC Village Opening Performance dress rehesarsal
BFA students Zackery Torres and Simrin Player performing in USC Village Opening Performance dress rehesarsal
Kaufman professor Christian Vincent giving notes during USC Village Opening dress rehearsal
BFA student Rachel Walton performing in USC Village Opening dress rehearsal
Singer performing in USC Village Opening dress rehearsal
Dancers performing in USC Village Opening dress rehearsal
BFA student Justin Epstein hitting final pose in USC Village Opening dress rehearsal

USC Kaufman dancers perform at the opening celebration of the brand new USC Village, in a piece choreographed by Christian Vincent.

5. Akram Khan at Music Center: On Location

Akram Khan dancers Ching-Ying Chien and Joy Alpuerto Ritte leading master class with BFA students
BFA student Stephanie Dai in Akram Khan master class
BFA student Adam Vesperman in Akram Khan master class
Akram Khan dancer Joy Alpuerto Ritter leading master class with BFA students
Akram Khan dancer Joy Alpuerto Ritter leading master class with BFA students
BFA student Jessica Muszynski in Akram Khan master class
Akram Khan dancer Ching-Ying Chien leading master class with BFA students
Akram Khan dancer Ching-Ying Chien leading master class with BFA students
Akram Khan dancer Joy Alpuerto Ritter leading master class with BFA students
Akram Khan dancer Ching-Ying Chien leading master class with BFA students

USC Kaufman students take master class from Akram Khan dancers, then travel to Culver Studios to see the Music Center: On Location performance.

4. Performing with Jon Boogz

Kaufman students with Jon Boogz in KDC
Kaufman students with Jon Boogz in KDC
BFA Students learn from Jon Boogz
Kaufman BFA Students learn from Jon Boogz
Kaufman students with Jon Boogz in KDC
Jon Boogz leads a masterclass at KDC
Kaufman BFA Students learn from Jon Boogz
Kaufman BFA Students learn from Jon Boogz
Kaufman BFA Students learn from Jon Boogz
Jon Boogz leads a masterclass at KDC

Movement artist Jon Boogz leads a master class and sets a performance for USC Visions and Voices that involves USC Kaufman freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

3. Fall Dance Performance: Balanchine, Barton, Durden, Marshall, Rhoden and,Taylor

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USC Kaufman repertory and performance students dance in works by master choreographers for the final performance of the fall semester.

2. Osnel Delgado and MalPaso at Music Center

Delgado smiles with USC Kaufman students.
Delgado shares his thoughts in a Q & A with students.
Delgado shares his thoughts in a Q & A with students.
Delgado "fights on!" with USC Kaufman students.

MalPaso Dance Company’s founder and artistic director Osnel Delgado teaches master classes at USC Kaufman while in Los Angeles for a performance at the Music Center.

1. Master classes with Sonya Tayeh

Sonya Tayeh leads master class with BFA's
BFA's running Sonya Tayeh's combination
Sonya Tayeh leads master class with BFA's
Sonya Tayeh leads master class with BFA's
Sonya Tayeh leads master class with BFA's
Sonya Tayeh leads master class with BFA's
Sonya Tayeh leads master class with BFA's

Sonya Tayeh visits USC Kaufman to give a master class in anticipation of setting work on BFA students in the spring semester.


By Celine Kiner