The New Movement



Student Spotlight: Whitney Hester

BFA freshman Whitney Hester describes herself as “competitive,” “dedicated,” and “persistent.” And in fact, she is just that–trained at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Dallas Ballet Center, Whitney performed with Complexions Contemporary Ballet as an apprentice last season.

“Being a part of USC Kaufman means being a part of a world-class facility with some of the best dancers I have met as well as training with a top-notch faculty.”


Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center in the Los Angeles Times

USC Kaufman’s building opening on Oct. 5 was covered by the Los Angeles Time’s Deborah Vankin.

“It was a good day to be a dancing Trojan,” Vankin writes, “[as] several hundred USC dance faculty and students, university trustees, professional dancers and choreographers gathered Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the $46-million Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, the university’s first on-campus building dedicated to dance study.”


Oct 21-23

Celebrate Forsythe

Three of the nation’s major ballet companies— Houston Ballet, PacificNorthwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet—share the stage in one distinctive program devoted entirely to the work of acclaimed American choreographer, William Forsythe. Widely viewed as one of the great innovators in dance, Forsythe has revolutionized classical ballet with his bold contemporary works. The triple bill includes Pas/Parts 2016, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Artifact Suite.

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Nov 15-19

Fall Dance Performance

USC Kaufman presents the BFA Fall Dance Performance. This evening of contemporary and master works in dance includes choreography by George Balanchine, Alejandro Cerrudo, William Forsythe, d. Sabela Grimes, Dwight Rhoden and Paul Taylor.

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USC Choreographic Institute

The USC Choreographic Institute is an international platform for ground-breaking initiatives in choreographic research, practice and mentorship.

The institute explores the intersection of movement with science, technology, and media.  The program also investigates the social good and cognitive value of motion to highlight the significance of the art and function of choreography.  Working closely with partner schools within USC, including the School of Cinematic Arts and the Thornton School of Music, the Institute seeks to engage artists, scientists, gamers, medical researchers and humanists from a variety of disciplines and perspectives.  The Choreographic Institute is currently advised by William Forsythe, the widely-celebrated choreographer and artist acknowledged for reorienting the practice of ballet from its identification with classical repertoire to a dynamic 21st century art form.