Jealous of LA Yet?

Los Angeles is getting all the best dance news lately. Just weeks after the premiere of Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project, University of Southern California announced that it will launch its own dance department in 2015, in a brand new building that will be called the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center. The program will have a classical and contemporary curriculum, and include strong emphases both on wellness and the business side of dance with the goal of producing dancers who will have long, sustainable careers. One of the most enticing perks for prospective freshman is the school's close partnership with its downtown L.A. cousin, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, which regularly brings in such high profile companies as American Ballet Theatre and The Joffrey Ballet. Sure, it's still a few years down the road. But once it opens, having a new hub for talent will only make the city's dance scene richer.