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The New Movement: A Conversation with the Vice Dean and Director of USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
USC has its first new school in almost four decades. The USC Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, the new home of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, officially opened its doors in October. Jodie Gates, formerly a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and professor of dance at University of California, Irvine, is vice dean and director of the new school. She’ll also serve as a professor there. As the school’s first director, Gates was given unprecedented responsibility for implementing the artistic vision and creating a dance curriculum and faculty from the ground up. The resulting curriculum called “The New Movement” is a new hybrid model for dance.
We spoke with Gates about the new school and The New Movement.