Photo: USC Kaufman BFA Student Jessica Muszynsky | Photo by Rose Eichenbaum

Faculty News

Peter Chu, Dani Rowe, Yin Yue

June 13, 2022

Announcing Fall 2022 Artists in Residence

Starting this fall, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance welcomes three new Artists in Residence. They include Peter Chu, Dani Rowe and Yin Yue. These renowned artists will work with BFA students, teaching classes and setting choreography.

dancers on stage wearing full suits and hats

May 18, 2022

Spring 2022 Semester Recap

While continuing to navigate Covid related safety measures, Spring 2022 saw a complete return to in person instruction and events. This semester, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance presented many exciting performances, including their LA debut at The Wallis.

USC Kaufman students performing on stage.

April 12, 2022

Achinta S. McDaniel to debut “1947” at The Wallis

Achinta S. McDaniel, USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance lecturer, considers her work as an Indian American choreographer to be contemporary. While her choreography employs some classical Indian elements, including Kathak, she views her work as a unique American creation. For the upcoming USC Kaufman debut at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, McDaniel created a new piece titled “1947” with the BFA first and second year students.

dancers throwing black suit jackets in the air

April 11, 2022

USC Kaufman to perform Ohad Naharin’s “Minus 16” at The Wallis

Lecturer Bret Easterling joined Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel after graduating from college. He danced with them for seven years under the art direction of Ohad Naharin. Once he left, Easterling began working as a stager of Naharin’s work for collegiate dance programs and companies. For the upcoming USC Kaufman debut at The Wallis, he is staging Naharin’s “Minus 16” with BFA juniors and seniors.

one dancer stands upright while a circle of dancer around her reach diagonally outwards. All are wearing white t-shirts and black pants

April 5, 2022

Tessandra Chavez sets commercial dance piece on BFA students

This semester, two-time Emmy Award-winning choreographer Tessandra Chavez set a new work on BFA students from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Her piece, titled “Big White Room,” will premiere at the USC Kaufman debut at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on April 21-23, 2022.

two dancers perform next to a violinist in front of a crowd

March 16, 2022

Members of USC Kaufman participate in vigil for victims of anti-Asian hate

On March 9, the USC Asian Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association (APIFSA), USC Asian Pacific American Student Assembly (APASA), Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS) and the USC Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL) held a vigil for victims of the Atlanta shooting that occurred on March 16, 2021.

February 10, 2022

Announcing Spring 2022 Repertory and Guest Artists at USC Kaufman

This semester, BFA students will have the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers and to learn repertory that will be presented at the USC Kaufman Spring Dance Performance. The students will learn works from USC Kaufman faculty and Artists in Residence, as well as guest choreographers.

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February 8, 2022

Announcing Spring 2022 Artists in Residence

This semester, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance welcomes three new Artists in Residence: Michael Breeden, Tessandra Chavez and Toyin Sogunro. These world renowned artists will work with the BFA students over the next three years.

Doug Varone working in the studio with the Class of 2024.

February 4, 2022

Doug Varone and Dancers partners with USC Visions and Voices

On Friday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 12, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is partnering with USC Visions and Voices to present Doug Varone and Dancers. This livestream event will showcase pieces from the Doug Varone and Dancers company repertory, as well as an original work set on BFA dancers.