Tag: complexions contemporary ballet

What My Teacher Taught Me: Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Tatiana Melendez on Houston Ballet Academy’s Sally Rojas

From the beginning of my training, I’ve worked with teachers who have a reputation for being tough on dancers. Julio Montano and Gissell Durand started my dance education at All American Dance Factory in Tampa, Florida, and were notoriously difficult to please. They were so strict that at times I thought I might never be […]

What My Teacher Taught Me: Jillian Davis on Risa Kaplowitz

There are many dance teachers who have made me who I am today, but the main influence in my dance training is Risa Kaplowitz. She became my teacher in 2006, three years into my time dancing at Princeton Dance & Theater Studio with Susan Jaffe. For the next seven years, Risa took over my training […]

What My Teacher Taught Me: Andrew Brader

While studying at ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School as a teenager, Complexions Contemporary Ballet dancer Andrew Brader shared a special moment with Susan Jaffe, who soon became his mentor. “It was the 10th-anniversary performance of the ABT Studio Company. Susan was coming out of retirement to do Le Spectre de la Rose, and I remember […]

An Exciting Spring for USC BFA Students

William Forsythe teaching ballet class to BFA students It’s a good time to be a USC dance major. The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s inaugural class of BFA students have some exciting opportunities coming their way this spring. Check out the agenda: – This month, students learned technique and repertory from RUBBERBANDance artistic director […]