Faculty

USC Kaufman Vice Dean and Director Jodie Gates

Jodie Gates

Vice Dean & Artistic Director

Ballet, Repertory

Jodie Gates is the inaugural Vice Dean, Artistic Director and Professor of Dance at USC Kaufman. After a remarkable career as a principal ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet, among other companies, she founded and continues to direct the award-winning Laguna Dance Festival.

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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.

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.

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.

USC Kaufman Vice Dean and Director Jodie Gates

Jodie Gates

Vice Dean & Artistic Director

Ballet, Repertory

Jodie Gates is the inaugural Vice Dean, Artistic Director and Professor of Dance at USC Kaufman. After a remarkable career as a principal ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet, among other companies, she founded and continues to direct the award-winning Laguna Dance Festival.

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Paul Hodgins

Affiliated Faculty

Music for Dance

Paul Hodgins is a musician, composer, arts journalist, critic and educator who has worked with dancers and choreographers in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. for four decades. Hodgins is an important contributor to the field of choreomusicology, the study of relationships between music and dance.

Zippora Karz

Artist in Residence

Ballet, Repertory

Zippora Karz is a former soloist with the New York City Ballet, where she performed for 16 years on stage and in television. She is a master teacher, currently responsible for staging the ballets choreographed by George Balanchine.

Fiona Lummis

Artist in Residence

Ballet, Repertory

Fiona Lummis is a master teacher responsible for staging the works of choreographer Jiří Kylián. She performed with Netherlands Dance Theater for two decades, dancing featured roles in many classical and contemporary ballets.

Amy O'Neal

Lecturer

Hip-Hop, Dance History

Amy O’Neal is an award-winning hybrid dancer, choreographer and educator. Her experience and research meet at the intersection of street and club dance culture, contemporary dance and experimental performance.

Victor Quijada

Victor Quijada

Artist in Residence

Contemporary, Repertory

Victor Quijada is the Founding Director and choreographer of the Montreal-based contemporary dance company RUBBERBANDance Group. He has a rare perspective on a large spectrum of dance, possessing knowledge and experience that spans from the street corner to the concert hall.

Christian Vincent

Lecturer

Jazz, Tap

Christian Vincent, MFA, is a prolific dancer and choreographer whose work has appeared in films, television shows, commercials and concerts for major music artists. He teaches jazz and commercial dance.