July 31, 2014
Opening in 5,6,7,8…
Things are moving and shaking at USC. No, I’m not talking about me listening to Britney Spears. USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is gearing up for a spectacular launch. It’s the first new school to be opened at USC in 40 years! I had the pleasure of speaking with Anne Aubert-Santelli at the Kaufman School of Dance and she gave me the low down about what’s going on at the newest dance school on the block.
Beginning in the fall of 2015, the first set of dancers will be enrolled into the Kaufman School. These Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance students will be a part of the new movement of dance and education. Students will be enrolled in courses that will not only allow them to dance up to 5 hours a day but they will also be studying critical theory across the art form. Anne explains how this school will allow “dancers to be seen and heard” through various opportunities to express themselves through dance as well as have meaningful academic interactions. Dancers will be able to take master classes with notable teachers as well as courses on how to dance for camera and film and how to market themselves in the age of social media. That means you can be doing pirouettes with that choreographer that you’ve always admired and understanding how your online presence will get you #booked!
In April, USC’s newest school broke ground on the site where the new building will sit. Until that building is ready in Fall 2015, the current staff has some temporary digs on campus where they make all the magic happen. That includes plans for the actual learning spaces, designing coursework, creating partnerships in the dance/entertainment world, the list goes on. I’m hoping they can squeeze in some time to work on their moves. It takes a lot of work behind scenes to get this school off the ground. It’s no different than the chaotic moments backstage all leading to a grand performance that shows the beauty of working together.
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