New Teachers at USC Bring New Opportunities

Anindo Marshall

The University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance has added six new faculty members to its roster this fall: Tiffany Bong, hip-hop expert; Alison D’Amato, choreographer and researcher; Jennifer McQuiston Lott, ballet artist; Anindo Marshall, percussionist and African dance teacher; Achinta McDaniel, a Bollywood artist; and Christian Vincent, commercial dance choreographer. The recent hires bring diversity to the department’s course offerings with new classes in Bollywood, Afro-Cuban, contemporary, ballet, hip hop, jazz and dance studies.

Achinta McDaniel

Photos (from top): by Isabel Avila; by Earl S. McDaniel III, courtesy of USC (2)

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