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.”
By Ardyn Flynt and Juan Miguel Posada
The Jets versus the Sharks–in KDC 106 this semester, the diverse student cast of West Side Story is making its way toward opening night in Bing Theatre, March 29. The program will be the very first collaboration between USC Kaufman, USC Thornton, and USC School of Dramatic Arts, and it doubles as a Visions & Voices event.
A collaboration between the USC School of Dramatic Arts, USC Thornton School of Music and USC Glorya Kaufman School Dance West Side Story, features students from all three school in a poignant, provocative, and emotionally powerful musical that transports William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to mid-1950s New York City, as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs
The Music Center’s Spotlight Awards are celebrating 30 years this season; among the program’s alumni are American Ballet Theatre principal Misty Copeland, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater rehearsal director Matthew Rushing and now several USC Kaufman BFA students.
The Gaga Los Angeles Winter Intensive includes daily classes in Gaga/dancers, Ohad Naharin’s repertory, and Gaga methodics, taught by GAGA USA and guests artists formerly of Batsheva Dance Company.
This summer, the USC Kaufman School of Dance has played host to the west coast intensives for Hubbard Street Dance and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. This past week, Gaga USA came in to be our final intensive of the season.
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.
Last summer, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago took the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center for a spin—in June of 2016, their inaugural Los Angeles intensive became the first official program in USC Kaufman’s brand new facility. Now, the company returns for a second summer on the west coast.