Choreographer Twyla Tharp will be a guest artist at Barnard College in New York City for the 2014–15 school year. Tharp--who is a graduate of Barnard--will give lectures, master classes and workshops during her tenure. This announcement came on the heels of her residency at Barnard this past spring, which culminated in the premiere of Tharp's new piece, Treefrog in Stonehenge, as part of Barnard and Columbia University's annual dance concert in April.
- William Forsythe will join the faculty of the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance in fall 2015, as USC enrolls its first group of bachelor of fine arts dance majors.
(For more on USC's new dance major, stay tuned for our September issue!) Forsythe, who announced that he will no longer head his own group, The Forsythe Company (though he will remain an artistic advisor), will teach improvisation and choreography at USC. Plans are underway to establish the Choreographic Institute at USC, with Forsythe as artistic director.
Photos from top: by Paul B. Goode, courtesy of Barnard; by Ian Carney, courtesy of USC
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This Sunday, master ballet teacher Finis Jhung turns 80. After a career as a soloist for both San Francisco Ballet and the Joffrey and a principal for Harkness Ballet, Jhung carved out a unique place for himself as a ballet teacher in New York City. He's coached the boys of Billy Elliot: The Musical, developed a popular video and DVD how-to series and STILL teaches seven classes a week at the Ailey Extension. He's graced the pages of this magazine to offer his time-honored wisdom again and again, and he's currently working on a memoir. (We can't wait to read it.) Happy birthday, Finis!
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