USC Kaufman and Hubbard Street partner up

Glorya Kaufman with the Faulty of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at site of new buildingThe University of Southern California’s new Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, currently being built on location in Los Angeles, recently announced a partnership with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Beginning next summer, Hubbard Street, a leading practitioner of interdisciplinary dance artistry, will host a program of intensive workshops at USC Kaufman.


The initial two-week workshop will include master classes with Hubbard Street artistic faculty, as well as other mentors, according to USC. In the fall, Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton will visit campus and teach master classes to USC Kaufman BFA students. Future residencies planned will involve both Hubbard Street’s main company and its second, smaller troupe, Hubbard Street 2.


Jodie Gates, vice dean and director of USC Kaufman, stated, “USC Kaufman is dedicated to facilitating space and time for dance creation and inquiry. By joining forces with organizations nationally and internationally, this increases opportunities for our students and faculty. I am thrilled with our new partnership with Hubbard Street. It’s a wonderfully organic relationship.”


Likewise, Edgerton was equally enthused. He said, “We’re honored to serve the next generation of international dance artists in cooperation with the USC Kaufman School of Dance. Through the combination of expert faculty, a thoughtful curriculum and the school’s fantastic new facility, this partnership will undoubtedly bring as much learning and growth to Hubbard Street as it will to USC students.”


USC Kaufman, emerging as a creative epicenter for the interdisciplinary study of both classical and contemporary dance techniques, shares an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to dance with Hubbard Street. In 2014, Hubbard Street premiered its second original work by USC Kaufman faculty artist-in-residence Victor Quijada, and in 2015 will be presenting a June gala and a season-opening engagement dedicated to the work of choreographer William Forsythe, who is joining USC Kaufman as a professor and artistic adviser to the school’s Choreographic Institute. Edgerton, Gates and Forsythe have a long history of working together.


“Hubbard Street is doing remarkable new work and site-specific work that includes an outreach component, and USC Kaufman is speaking to that same artistic community,” Gates stated. “This will be a very exciting partnership to watch develop.”


For more information on USC Kaufman, visit In fall 2016, the school will move into a new building, the 55,000-square-foot Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.


To learn more about Hubbard Street, visit


Photo: Glorya Kaufman with the Faulty of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at site of new building. Photo via Patrick Corbin.