Photo: USC Kaufman BFA students Aidan Carberry and Stephanie Dai |Photo by Rose Eichenbaum

About Us

As the university’s sixth art school, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance completes USC’s signature reputation as a world-class academic institution with a deep commitment to the arts.

Founded in 2012 by a transformational gift from visionary philanthropist Glorya Kaufman, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is quickly emerging as an epicenter of excellence in the interdisciplinary study of dance creation and dance performance.

Featuring a rigorous curriculum within a conservatory style environment, USC Kaufman provides students with opportunities to work and collaborate with world-renowned artists and to study in a range of dance styles, from ballet to hip-hop, contemporary, and ballroom. In fall of 2016, the school’s vision was realized in brick and mortar with the opening of  the more than 54,000-square-foot Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.

USC Kaufman has assembled one of the nation’s top faculty, a group of artists unparalleled in their depth and diversity of experience and talent. The USC Choreographic Institute, advised by celebrated artist William Forsythe, is unique among similar initiatives in the United States and provides artists with foundational insight into the creative process.

The hallmark of USC Kaufman – as expressed in its motto “The New Movement” — is the development of new movement models for dance, where intersecting dance techniques create hybrid forms to be expressed in new media, scholarship, studio practice, and choreography. With opportunities for interdisciplinary study interwoven into the curriculum, students are able to explore collaborations and innovations with established partners, including Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, the USC Thornton School of Music, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Situated in Los Angeles, one of the world’s creative capitals, USC Kaufman offers a wealth of opportunity for students to intern, perform and collaborate with artists throughout the city.