We invite you to give now to help build a legacy of support that will impact students, educators, choreographers and audience members for generations to come.
For a limited time, two extraordinary opportunities exist to be part of “The New Movement” at USC: the Founder’s Circle (scholarship gifts) and Naming Opportunities (within the new building). For ongoing support, you can also join the Dean’s Circle.
“We are creating a new and visionary school that will be at the forefront of developing dancers, choreographers and dance leaders. The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance promises to transform the landscape of dance, making an impact on a national scale through its development of a New Movement model and its collaboration with leading artists from Los Angeles and around the globe. We invite you to partner in an enduring legacy that will support generations of talented students in their intellectual and artistic development.”
–Robert Cutietta, Dean
Robin Robinson is an enthusiastic dance advocate, USC alumna and California native whose love for dance dates all the way back to age three. Read more about Robinson in this Q&A.
USC Kaufman BFA students performed at Laguna Dance Festival’s “Stars of Dance” on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7. The final performance was followed by a reception at the beachfront home of Nancy and Mike Meyer.
On Sept. 10, USC Kaufman supporters and friends gathered in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center for an evening featuring faculty member William Forsythe and Artist in Residence Jermaine Spivey. The evening kicked off with a wine reception in the conference room followed by a seated dinner in the Turquoise Studio.
Christine Rhoades is a broker and owner of Ocean Real Estates Inc., founded in 1981. She has long been a member of the Trojan family: her sister and daughter both graduated from USC, and father William Lyon served on the Board of Trustees for several years and received an honorary doctorate degree from the university.
Both a USC Kaufman parent and a member of the Dean’s Circle, Amy Wu has been a donor since 2015. Her daughter, Stephanie Dai, is a member of USC Kaufman’s inaugural class, which will graduate this spring. Read more about Wu in the Q&A below.
On April 4, 2018, USC Kaufman supporters, friends and artists joined together for a special reception following the opening performance of Caught in the Chamber: A Music and Dance Concert-in-Process with yMusic. The performance and reception took place in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.
This spring, Ellie Kitta becomes the newest member of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance Board of Councilors. As a board member, her aim will be to advance the school’s development alongside Dean Robert Cutietta, Vice Dean Jodie Gates and the USC Kaufman staff.
Kitta has always been passionate about dance, given that her father was a professional dancer with the Igor Moiseyev Ballet. She also received classical ballet training while growing up in Moscow, Russia, which she continues to practice today.
On Jan. 22, artistic advisor William Forsythe and artist in residence Victor Quijada joined USC Kaufman friends and donors for dinner and conversation with faculty, staff, and BFA dance students. The reception took place in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.