It is a USC Kaufman tradition that our Repertory and Performance final entails what we like to call “So You Think You Can Rep.” BFA freshman Eli Alford explains the tradition and his first year participating.
USC Kaufman BFA senior Rachel Walton is no stranger to technology. She attended a math and science preparatory high school before joining the inaugural class of dance majors at USC in 2015. As graduation approaches, Walton is planning to present her love of dance with a tech-savvy twist as her senior project.
This December, USC Kaufman students will appear in several productions of the Nutcracker, in Southern California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.
Backstreet Boys’ new “Chances” music video features two USC Kaufman BFA students, Madison Vomastek and Jake Tribus. The dancers lead the video’s plot through a train station and into a whirling duet number. Madison recounts her experience in this student blog post.
By Aurora Vaughan
The opportunity to work with Matthew Neenan for three weeks during his residency was a dream come true. This semester I have been nursing an injury, and since I wasn’t dancing throughout the beginning of the process, I was lucky enough to be his rehearsal director.
One of four new Artists in Residence at USC Kaufman this semester, Marjani Fortè-Saunders just finished her first three weeks in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center. BFA student Ardyn Flynt details her experience working with Fortè-Saunders in the studio.
Over the course of a week, a few of my fellow USC Kaufman students and I had the opportunity to collaborate with Aszure Barton on her work Busk. Since Jonathan Alsberry staged the work on us last spring, we knew the choreography and were able to dig a little big deeper this time around, especially now that Aszure is an artist in residence.
Emma Portner is everywhere this season: she’s working with New York City Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, she’s on the cover of Dance Magazine, and she just finished a commission for Fondation Beyeler—a dance film called “Femme Debout.” If you look closely, you’ll be able to pick out a familiar face among the five dancers: Jordan Johnson, USC Kaufman class of 2019, helped create the work and performed in it alongside Portner.