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Jodie Gates to head USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
Jodie Gates to head USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

Jodie Gates — a former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet who has since become one of Southern California's most prominent dance leaders — will become the director of the new USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Gates is a professor of dance at the University of California, Irvine. USC announced the appointment Thursday, saying that the school will admit its first students in fall 2015. "Jodie Gates is the perfect person for the job," Kaufman said in a statement. "She is keenly aware of the unique needs of a dancer and the importance of a first-rate curriculum." PHOTOS: Arts and culture by The Times In 2012, it was announced that Kaufman...

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