Three leading dance intensives at USC Kaufman this summer

March 31, 2017

The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center will be home to three summer intensives in 2017, through USC Kaufman’s partnerships with leading international dance companies.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet will offer its first summer intensive program at the Center, while Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Gaga/People will return after holding intensives at USC Kaufman last summer.

Complexions' Christina Dooling | Photo by Jae Man Joo

Photo by Jae Man Joo

Complexions Academy takes intensive to USC Kaufman

The acclaimed Complexions Contemporary Ballet, cofounded by choreographer Dwight Rhoden and USC Kaufman faculty artist in residence Desmond Richardson, will host the Complexions Academy Los Angeles summer intensive program on July 10-21, 2017 at the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.

Dancers aged 12 and up will train in a hybrid set of technique that includes classical, modern and contemporary ballet, as well as jazz, improvisation and hip-hop, culminating with a final performance.

Dancer trains in Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s intensive program | Photo by Todd Rosenberg Photography

Photo by Todd Rosenberg Photography

Hubbard Street offers pre-professional summer program

As part of its dynamic partnership with USC Kaufman, which includes collaborative performances and master classes, the American dance company Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will continue to host its pre-professional summer intensive at USC Kaufman.

From June 19-30, 2017, Hubbard Street’s faculty will offer dancers ages 18-24 daily classes in ballet and somatics. Participants will also rehearse an original dance work by choreographer Penny Saunders and perform the piece on the last day of the intensive.

Photo by Gadi Dagon

Gaga is back at USC Kaufman 

Gaga/People will host its second summer intensive at USC Kaufman, training dancers aged 18 and up in the movement language created by Ohad Naharin. The program, which will take place from July 24-29, 2017, includes classes on Naharin’s repertory and Gaga methodology.

Working directly with former dancers from Naharin’s Batsheva Dance Company, students will train both their imagination and their bodies, as they explore different physical interpretations of verbal instructions.

Find out more about summer intensives at USC Kaufman.


By Natalia Sanchez Herrera