The New Movement



USC Kaufman’s first dance class performs works in progress

By Allison Engel

In their eight weeks on campus, the first class of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance have studied with elite faculty members who are master teachers, scholars and choreographers.

The 33 freshman dancers presented “Emergence: Works in Progress,” a first studio showing of 12 works — six choreographed by students and six repertory works by master choreographers on Oct. 22 and 23. The program, directed by USC Kaufman instructors Patrick Corbin and E. Moncell Durden, featured a variety of dance styles, including hip-hop, modern and ballet. Four student-created dance videos were shown before the performances.

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Student Blog: William Forsythe and Alva Noe connect philosophy to art

By Celine Kiner

William Forsythe returned to USC last week after working with the Paris Opera Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; his first words to us were, “It’s good to be home.”

In the two weeks that he was here, engaging and innovative principles flowed endlessly out of his thoughts and into the space; he directed us into structured improvisation that sparked not only movement, but also thought. In fact, he begins each day with an exercise that strengthens the corpus callosum, which bridges cognition between the two halves of the brain. Professor Forsythe’s instructions often incorporate more than one task, […]


USC Kaufman Portfolio: The Dance Resume

The December 1 application deadline is just around the corner! In order to successfully complete a competitive application to USC Kaufman, you’ll need to submit the USC Kaufman Supplement with a portfolio in addition to the Common Application. Here are a few important things to keep in mind.

As a part of USC Kaufman Portfolio, you will submit a dance resumé. We’ve taken the guesswork out of the process of putting together a resumé by providing you with specific instructions about what we are looking for. You’ll even find a sample resumé on our website.


Student Blog: A week with Hubbard Street teaches us The Art of Falling

By Celine Kiner

Monday’s repertory class barely left time for introductions; Tobin Del Cuore (who has danced with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, BalletX, Aszure Barton, and more) launched immediately into the choreography from Alejandro Cerrudo’s Lickety Split. The movement was detail-oriented, softly punctuated, smoothly shaped, and sentimental. Employing these many facets at once took every ounce of mental engagement, but it was well worth the exertion–Cerrudo’s choreography is notorious for its subtle, yet fluid beauty. Of course, it helped that Tobin, one of the piece’s original dancers, demonstrated within five feet of us as he articulated the specifics of the choreographer’s intentions. The […]


Jodie Gates’ Laguna Dance Festival to be honored at Orange County Arts Awards

The Laguna Dance Festival, founded by USC Kaufman Vice Dean and Director Jodie Gates, has been named an honoree at the 16th Annual Orange County Arts Awards. Now in its 11th season, the Laguna Dance Festival has presented more than 40 dance companies, 80 performances, 60 master classes and 50 free events. Under the direction of Gates, the festival has played a significant role in brining wide-ranging cultural and educational opportunities to Southern California.



December 1 BFA Application Deadline

December 1, 2015 is the deadline to submit an application for fall 2016 admission to the USC Kaufman BFA in Dance. To apply, submit the Common Application declaring “Dance” as your intended major. You will also be need to submit the USC Kaufman Supplement.

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GROUNDWORK: BFA Dance Performance

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance presents Groundwork: a performance by the USC Kaufman BFA freshman class. Performances will be held December 1-4, 2015 at USC’s Bing Theatre. This evening of contemporary and master works in dance includes choreography by Alejandro Cerrudo, d. Sabela Grimes, Marius Petipa, Dwight Rhoden and Paul Taylor.

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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

USC Visions and Voices is proud to present Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan as part of the Experience L.A. program at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavillion. Immersed in everything from meditation to martial arts to modern dance, Asia’s most renowned contemporary dance company makes its Music Center debut in a stunning production of “Rice.”

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USC Choreographic Institute

The choreographic institute is a flexible research platform advised by choreographer William Forsythe.

Students will be part of fieldwork and studies that develop taxonomies, methodologies and mediums for articulating possible actions in the field of choreography. The Institute will work closely with partner schools within USC, including the School of Cinematic Arts and the Thornton School of Music, and will engage with practitioners from a variety of disciplines to provide stimulating ground for creation and curiosity.