Faculty

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Kyle Abraham

Claude and Alfred Mann Endowed Professor of Dance

Contemporary, Repertory

Kyle Abraham, MFA, is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. He is the founding Artistic Director of A.I.M, an American contemporary dance company. In addition to performing and developing new works for his company, Abraham has been commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center, The Royal Ballet, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

James Ady

Lecturer

Ballet

James Ady is a dancer and educator who previously danced with American Ballet Theater and as a Principal Dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet. With ten years of teaching experience, he has worked as Rehearsal Director at Ballet Memphis, as Assistant Professor/Lecturer at University of Utah, and is currently teaching at  Westside School of Ballet, as well as the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute at Colburn School.

Kelly Alvarez

Kelly Alvarez

Lecturer

Ballet, Contemporary

Kelly Alvarez, MFA, is a dance artist, scholar, and educator whose breadth of expertise spans ballet, modern and contemporary dance forms, as well as Pilates, injury prevention, and dance history. With over 25 years teaching experience, Alvarez draws from her extensive background to provide a comprehensive and immersive learning experience for her students. She holds a BFA in Dance with honors from The University of the Arts and an MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine.

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Molly Bogunovic

Lecturer

Ballet

Molly Bogunovic is a dancer and educator who danced professionally with Pennsylvania Ballet and Los Angeles Ballet. Over the course of her career, she has performed in countless Balanchine, classical and contemporary ballets, and has danced in numerous national commercials and TV shows. Bogunovic brings over 15 years of teaching experience.

Kyle de Tarnowsky

Lecturer

Composer and Music Director

Kyle de Tarnowsky is an educator, composer, and music director/pianist in the musical theatre, film/television, and dance worlds of Southern California. He is the Music Director at USC Kaufman and a Lecturer at USC Thornton. 

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Kathryn Dunn

Lecturer

Ballet, Dance for Musical Theater

Kathryn “Kate” Dunn is a dancer, choreographer and educator known for performing on stage, screen and Broadway. Broadway/West End credits include Contact, On Your Toes, Chicago, Billy Elliot, Matilda the Musical, Groundhog Day and Dirty Dancing.

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Bret Easterling

Lecturer

Contemporary, GAGA, Repertory

Bret Easterling is an international dance artist, creator and educator. After graduating from The Juilliard School, he performed with the Batsheva Dance Company. He is currently a certified Gaga teacher, stager of Ohad Naharin’s work and the Artistic Director of BEMOVING.

USC Kaufman Faculty Member Gillian Finley.

Gillian Finley

Lecturer

Ballet, Pilates

Gillian Finley is a certified Stott Pilates instructor who danced professionally with a number of ballet companies. She brings over 25 years of teaching experience to USC Kaufman.

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Jesus Fuentes

Lecturer

Ballroom

Jesus “Jay” Fuentes is an accomplished ballroom dance educator and performer featured in iconic dance films such as Dirty Dancing and Newsies.

Shannon Grayson

Assistant Professor of Practice

Jazz, Tap, Social Dance

Shannon Johnson Grayson is a dancer, choreographer, educator and Howard University Graduate with a BFA in Dance Arts. She has taught for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for over a decade, is a certified Horton Technique instructor, NASM Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach, and teaches various techniques and genres of dance at USC Kaufman.

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Ebony Haswell Frazier

Lecturer

Ballet

Ebony Haswell Frazier is a dancer who began her training at The Miami Conservatory (Thomas Armour Youth Foundation) and continued on to New World School of the Arts. Her performing career began at The Dance Theatre of Harlem and then led to time at Complexions Contemporary Ballet and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

Bonnie Oda Homsey

Bonnie Oda Homsey

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance

Dance Leadership

Bonnie Oda Homsey, MFA, is the founder of LA Dance Foundation, whose legacy-spanning concerts were acquired by USC Library’s Dance History Video Archive. She attended Juilliard, performed with Martha Graham Dance Company, worked commercially as a dancer and actress before a 20-year tenure as Chair of Dance for Princess Grace Foundation USA.

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Grasan Kingsberry

Lecturer

Dance for Musical Theatre

Grasan Kingsberry is an interdisciplinary international educator, mentor and Daytime Emmy, Grammy, ACCA and Regional BroadwayWorld Award recipient. After receiving a BFA from The Juilliard School, he went on to appear in 11 Broadway productions including the award-winning revivals of The Color Purple and Once On This Island.

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Saleemah E. Knight

Assistant Professor of Practice

Jazz, Dance Studies

Saleemah E. Knight, BFA, MFA, is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary artist, TV-personality, influencer and professional dancer. Commercial performance and choreography credits include: The Daytime Emmys, Dancing with the Stars, Country Music Television, The Lion King, Beyoncé, Chris Brown and more. She also danced works of renowned concert choreographers Donald Byrd, Bill T. Jones and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.

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Jason Rodgers

Lecturer

Tap

Jason Rodgers is a tap dance educator, dancer, choreographer, actor and musician. His credits include The Academy Awards, the North American tour of the Broadway musical Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk, and Dancing With The Stars (ABC), among many others.

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Danté Rose

Lecturer

Hip-Hop Breaking

Danté Rose is a dance artist, musician, thespian and educator whose special blend of cross-cultural influences have made him a highly regarded unique movement artist in the United States and abroad. Part of the avant-garde Circle of Fire breaking crew, Rose balances both traditional and experimental approaches to Breaking, Hip-Hop and House Dance.