Kaufman Connections brings dance to 32nd Street Elementary

32nd Street Elementary School student exercising
Photo by Cecile Oreste

This year, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance launched Kaufman Connections, a new initiative for community engagement. Its first effort is a dance partnership led by our Kaufman BFA students, who bring weekly hip-hop workshops to students at 32nd Street Elementary.

Students exercising at 32nd Street
Photo by Cecile Oreste

Program director Tiffany Bong explains that through dance practice and performance, our neighborhood students can develop social-emotional skills, participate in community building, explore cultural identity, and build confidence.

It’s fun – but work, too! The students are working up to two performances on campus, one in the fall and one in spring.

32nd Street students laughing
Photo by Cecile Oreste

Kaufman Connections is supported by the Good Neighbors Campaign and USC Arts in Action, which supports our school’s arts activities that facilitate positive social change and enhance our collective quality of life. You may have seen Arts in Action’s inaugural event, “Artists Addressing Homelessness.”

Read more about Kaufman Connections here at Kaufman’s site, and see more great photos of our students instructing the kids.

– Michael W. Quick, December 5, 2018