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grimes (far right), with students at the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Photo by Rose Eichenbaum

Ask anyone at the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance how they feel about assistant professor of practice, d. Sabela grimes, and they automatically begin to sing his praises. Not only is he one of the department's most beloved and dynamic educators, he is among the most respected and innovative facilitators of dance today. He teaches the foundational elements of black Afro-diasporic vernacular street-dance practices—aka hip hop. But what makes his instruction unique is that his class is not based on any one hip-hop style. It's not popping or locking, waacking or breaking. And yet, it's all of these and much, much, much more, as Rose Eichenbaum wrote about in DT's August cover feature.

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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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William Forsythe

University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance hosts a series of events in honor of William Forsythe this month. Kaufman.usc.edu

The series kicks off September 29–30 with a look at his creative process and presentation of his current work-in-progress, danced by USC students.

October 14–16 events include a discussion with Forsythe’s collaborator Norah Zuniga Shaw and a look at two of his site-specific works.

A costume exhibit will be open October 1–23 at various Los Angeles locations, showcasing Forsythe’s original designs and collaborations with designers.

The series concludes October 21–23 with a performance of three of his works by Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.

Houston Ballet performs Forsythe’s Artifact Suite.

Photos (from top): by Dominik Mentzos; by Amitava Sarkar, courtesy of USC (2)

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Renderings by Pfeiffer Partners Architects, courtesy of USC Kaufman

Located at the gateway to the University of Southern California's arts neighborhood, the USC Kaufman building facade and exterior have been designed in traditional Collegiate Gothic style. USC Kaufman partners with arts organizations and dance companies, such as The Music Center and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, to present dance performances and workshops.

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William Forsythe teaching ballet class to BFA students

It’s a good time to be a USC dance major. The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s inaugural class of BFA students have some exciting opportunities coming their way this spring. Check out the agenda:

- This month, students learned technique and repertory from RUBBERBANDance artistic director Victor Quijada, one of this year’s artists-in-residence.

- Next month, in addition to having artistic advisor and faculty member William Forsythe back in the studios teaching ballet, composition and improvisation, artist-in-residence Fiona Lummis (former Nederlands Dans Theater dancer) will teach repertory by Jiří Kylián.

- Master classes with Bill T. Jones and Hubbard Street 2 will occur in March. Also, Martha Graham Dance Company members will teach a work to students, which they will perform with the company on April 27.

- To cap off their first Spring semester, students will get to take master classes with artist-in-residence Desmond Richardson (DT, January 2016) and Complexions Contemporary Ballet in April.

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance was founded in 2012 and is led by vice dean and director Jodie Gates (DT, September 2014). In the fall of this year, classes will be held in the new 54,000-square-foot Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.

Photo by Rose Eichenbaum, courtesy of USC.

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Hubbard Street 2

It’s an exciting time for the University of Southern California! In our September 2014 cover story, we got a peak inside the new USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, which boasts not only former Joffrey Ballet dancer Jodie Gates at the helm, but the coveted faculty addition, William Forsythe, who begins teaching this month. To celebrate the new dance program, USC’s arts initiative Visions and Voices hosts four renowned dance companies during its 2015–16 season.

Tomorrow, September 16, Alonzo King LINES Ballet comes to USC with a mixed-bill program including Biophony, a new work set to recordings of ecosystems from around the world.

Hubbard Street 2 performs at USC, March 23, 2016. Following the performance, director and choreographer Terence Marling will engage in a discussion with Jodie Gates.

Bill T. Jones adapts his work Story/Time for USC dance and music students in March. The piece combines storytelling, music and movement.

To close out the season, Martha Graham Dance Company performs, April 27, 2016. The performance will include one Graham work danced by USC students.

For more info about dance at USC Visions and Voices, visit visionsandvoices.usc.edu.

Bill T. Jones

Photos from top: by Todd Rosenberg; by Paul B. Goode, both courtesy of USC

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Jodie Gates has been named vice dean and director of the new Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California. The former Joffrey Ballet principal and Laguna Dance Festival founder will lead the first class of USC dance majors in fall 2015 under inaugural dean Robert Cutietta, who is also dean of the USC Thornton School of Music.

Cutietta conceived the idea for the school with the help of dance patron and philanthropist Glorya Kaufman, who donated an undisclosed sum of money last fall for the founding and construction of the institution. Cutietta and Kaufman hope the school will help create a more cohesive dance presence in Los Angeles.

Photo by Christine Cotter/Los Angeles Times

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