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Prepare to Be Floored! USC's Gorgeous Kaufman Studios Are the Place to Dance This Summer

BFA Students Rae Srivastava and Olivia Gieringer in the Turquoise Studio. Photo by Ema Peter.

You know how some people lust over the interiors of beautiful homes? Scandinavian aesthetics, marble countertops, chrome appliances? That's how I feel when I look at images of gorgeous dance studios. And I'm willing to bet you feel the same—which is why I've been drooling over photos of the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.


I mean, just look at this:

Photo by Ema Peter, courtesy of the Kaufman Center

Photo by Ema Peter, courtesy of the Kaufman Center

Photo by Carolyn DiLoreto, courtesy of the Kaufman Center

And while I'm not sure that rehearsing in a beautiful facility actually makes me dance better, there's definitely something to be said for jumping on perfectly springy floors—all thoughtfully installed by Harlequin—while sunlight streams in through floor-to-ceiling windows. (There's also a fitness center and a convertible theater. Even hallway ledges are at barre height, so dancers can stretch between classes!)

Apparently I'm not the only one with that thought. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Gaga artists formerly of the Batsheva Company are all hosting their summer intensives at the center.

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Via Jaime Guttenberg's memorialized Facebook page

Last week the dance community was heartbroken to learn that Jaime Guttenberg, a 14-year-old dancer, was among the 17 people killed on Valentine's Day in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Jaime trained at Dance Theatre in Coconut Creek, FL and was a member of the studio's DTX competition team. Dance Theatre owner Michelle McGrath Gerlick said this on Facebook:

You can join dancers across the nation in showing support for Jaime's family, her friends, and her dance community by wearing orange ribbons at competitions, in class, or at rehearsal this weekend. Our hearts go out to everyone who loves Jaime, and to everyone touched by the shooting in Parkland.

This article was orignally published on dancespirit.com.

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