Gallery: USC Kaufman Reception at Laguna Dance Festival

October 15, 2018

people smiling at sunny outdoor reception

BFA students enjoy a reception after performing at the Laguna Dance Festival. | Photos by Alyssa Reyes

On Oct. 7, 2018, USC alumni, supporters and friends joined together for a special afternoon in celebration of the Laguna Dance Festival’s “Stars of Dance” performance. The electric performance featured some of the most exciting dancers in ballet and contemporary dance. Dancers from USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s inaugural BFA class performed excerpts of works choreographed by Artists in Residence Aszure Barton and Barak Marshall, and USC Kaufman Vice Dean and Director Jodie Gates.

Sharing the stage

The students shared the stage with dancers from Ballet West, National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet, as well as company members of Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Diavolo|Architecture in Motion. According to the Voice of OC, the students “held their own and even surpassed the very impressive roster of professional dance artists at the Laguna Dance Festival.”

Bites at the beach

Following the performance, guests were welcomed into a beautiful beachfront home, enjoyed wine and light bites, and conversed while watching the sunset. USC Kaufman Board of Councilors Bryn DeBeikes, Debbie Felix and Gale Luce and USC alumna Nancy Meyer and husband Mike Meyer generously hosted the USC Kaufman reception.