Very pleased to have contributed the cover story to DANCE TEACHER Magazine September 2014 issue …. “Breeding Hybrids.”
The news came as a shock, a pleasant one. On May 7, the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California, on the cusp of taking in its first crop of BFA dance majors, announced William Forsythe as a cornerstone faculty hire. The influential American choreographer will return to the United States after nearly 40 years in Germany creating furious, hyperkinetic dances. He will begin teaching in Los Angeles a year from now, in September 2015.
Brokering the Forsythe deal—an undisputedly huge “get”—was Jodie Gates, the former Joffrey ballerina who danced for four years in Frankfurt, and who is now the Kaufman School’s vice dean and director. Her aspiration for dance at USC, beyond being a high-powered training boutique for a small cluster of dancers, is that it will reach, with complex tentacles, beyond campus boundaries. “This is my legacy, helping the community understand how important dance is to its fabric,” says Gates. To achieve this goal, she is ready to reinvent the wheel: “My mission at USC is for a new model for dance education.”
Read more in DANCE TEACHER Magazine …