USC Kaufman’s first dance class performs works in progress

November 17, 2015

By Allison Engel

In their eight weeks on campus, the first class of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance have studied with elite faculty members who are master teachers, scholars and choreographers.

The 33 freshman dancers presented “Emergence: Works in Progress,” a first studio showing of 12 works — six choreographed by students and six repertory works by master choreographers on Oct. 22 and 23. The program, directed by USC Kaufman instructors Patrick Corbin and E. Moncell Durden, featured a variety of dance styles, including hip-hop, modern and ballet. Four student-created dance videos were shown before the performances.

The school is unique in that there are many direct links between famed choreographers and the instructors working with students, Vice Dean and USC Kaufman Director Jodie Gates told the two audiences made up of parents, siblings, other USC students and members of the Los Angeles dance community.

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