In the December 1989 issue of Dance Magazine, Miller said, "There's no other way to do it but your own."

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Celebrating Choreographer Bebe Miller on Her 70th Birthday

September 20 marks Bebe Miller's 70th birthday.

The Brooklyn native got her start dancing in classes with Murray Louis, noting in the December 1989 issue of Dance Magazine, "I learned improvisation and composition before I knew how to plié." Recalling a couple of months of ballet classes at age 13, she added, "All those little bunheads and me from the projects. I was intimidated, so I stopped. Thank God I couldn't do a decent plié, so I could make up one..."

In 1975, Miller earned an MA in dance from Ohio State University (where she is now professor emerita after being on faculty from 2000–16). After a few years of bringing her work to stages like Dance Theater Workshop, she formally founded Bebe Miller Company in 1985.

Her dances are postmodern in vocabulary but concerned, always, with humanity and how people relate to one another. Her most recent solo, debuted in March, is called What I Learned From My Friends.

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Dancers at work in USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance's facilities. Photo by Ema Peter, Courtesy USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

Meet 5 Recent USC Kaufman Grads Making Waves in the Dance Industry

Since welcoming its first freshman BFA class in 2015, the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance has made a name for itself. The Los Angeles dance program is known for creating versatile artists in a collaborative, innovative training environment, and its alumni are already making bold professional leaps.

Dance Magazine caught up with five recent grads to see where they've landed and how USC Kaufman and its career services department prepared them for their future in the dance industry.

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