Friday Film Break: "7:30/7:30" by Ashley Laracey and Troy Schumacher

Raising twins is never easy. But doing it during a pandemic? That's a challenge that requires a special kind of grace.

This short film, created by New York City Ballet dancers Troy Schumacher and Ashley Laracey earlier this summer, captures a day in their lockdown life with babies Willa and Charlie. Despite the constant busy-ness of feeding the twins, doing laundry, walking the dog and trying to squeeze in moments to work out their bodies, and—in the case of Schumacher—fine-tune some choreography, what comes through more than anything is the sweetness of precious family time together.

The film is a Works & Process Artists Virtual Commission. The program has pledged to grant more than $150,000 for artists to create work during the pandemic. Sixty WPA videos are available to watch on YouTube, with more to come.

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Go Behind the Scenes of USC Kaufman’s Virtual Dance Festival

Now more than ever, the students of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are embodying their program's vision: "The New Movement."

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, the dance world continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges, but USC Kaufman's faculty and BFA students haven't shied away from them. While many schools have had to cancel events or scale them back to live-from-my-living-room streams, USC Kaufman has embraced the situation and taken on impressive endeavors, like expanding its online recruitment efforts.

November 1 to 13, USC Kaufman will present A/Part To/Gather, a virtual festival featuring world premieres from esteemed faculty and guest choreographers, student dance films and much more. All semester long, they've rehearsed via Zoom from their respective student apartments or hometowns. And they haven't solely been dancing. "You have a rehearsal process, and then a filming process, and a production process of putting it together," says assistant professor of practice Jennifer McQuiston Lott of the prerecorded and professionally edited festival.

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