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Kathryn Dunn


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.

Bret Easterling


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


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



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

Founding Director, Professor of Dance

Ballet, Repertory, Advanced Composition, Senior Seminar

Jodie Gates is an internationally recognized leader, choreographer, curator, lecturer, teacher and stager. A former principal with Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Complexions and Pennsylvania Ballet, she is inaugural Vice Dean and Director of USC Kaufman and Founder and Artistic Director of Laguna Dance Festival. Projects include Billboards with Prince, events with Ornette Coleman and Savion Glover, and current collaborations with William Forsythe. 

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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.

Bonnie Oda Homsey

Bonnie Homsey

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance

Dance Leadership

Bonnie Homsey is a performer in concert and commercial work, artistic director and educator. She founded Los Angeles Dance Foundation in 1978 to cultivate awareness of dance legacies and to strengthen capacity-building. For 20 years, she served as Chair of Dance and Arts Advisory Board for The Princess Grace Foundation-USA. She currently serves on The Actor’s Fund Western Council.

Saleemah E. Knight

Associate Adjunct Professor of Dance

Jazz, Dance History

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.

Jennifer McQuiston Lott

Assistant Professor of Practice

Ballet, Contemporary

Jennifer McQuiston Lott, MFA, is a dancer/choreographer who has collaborated with music artists such as Son Lux on projects for stage and screen. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Traverse City Dance Project. She teaches Countertechnique and contemporary partnering, and is certified in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®.

Amy O'Neal


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 hip-hop, house, and contemporary dance and experimental performance, video and film.