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Jodie Gates named USC dance director, Hubbard Street's Art Works grant, Gallim in Wyoming, Spectrum workshop
Former Ballet Frankfurt, Joffrey Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer Jodie Gates has been named director of the new USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at University of Southern California. The school, made possible by a large donation from philanthropist Glorya Kaufman, is open to non-majors and dance minors, though a new BFA program is scheduled to admit dance majors beginning fall 2015. In addition to directing the annual Laguna Dance Festival, Gates is currently a professor at University of California—Irvine, and one of few répétiteurs of William Forsythe ballets. She begins her post at USC this August. See kaufman.usc.edu.
HSDC works with public schools. Todd Rosenberg, Courtesy HSDC
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has received a $70,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help continue financing long-term residencies in Chicago public schools. Funding supports the Movement As Partnership (MAP) program, a national initiative founded in 2007 by members of Hubbard Street’s education team. MAP pairs school administrators with performing arts organizations in order to build residencies that are specific to the schools’ curricula. See www.hubbardstreetdance.com.
It’s a long way from Brooklyn to Wyoming, but Dancers’ Workshop has invited Andrea Miller’s Gallim Dance to be the inaugural company for a creative residency program, June 16–July 6. In addition to developing a new piece, Fold Here, commissioned by Dancers’ Workshop, Gallim dancers will lead technique classes open to local students. Wyoming audiences can see Fold Here in rehearsals through July 5, and Gallim will return in 2014 to present the completed work. Stay tuned for New York City Ballet MOVES at Dancers’ Workshop in August. See www.dwjh.org.
Beginning July 22, Spectrum Dance Theater is hosting a two-week workshop with Donald Byrd, culminating with a company audition, Aug. 3. Held daily from 11 to 4, the workshop includes technique and repertory classes. Participants can register for one or both weeks. See www.spectrumdance.org.