Director’s Thoughts

With the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, we have a truly unique opportunity to rethink the professional dance degree and build a diverse, globally minded curriculum attractive to both majors and non-majors alike.

USC Kaufman is at the forefront of creating a new model for dance—a hybrid art form expressed in new media, scholarship, studio practice, music, choreography and performance for the 21st century. We are calling this vision “The New Movement.”

By encouraging interdisciplinary and collaborative work, we seek to transform dance. Because our traditional conservatory environment is based at a major private research institution, students have unique access to world-class faculty and high-level resources in every field imaginable. The school’s identity is grounded in innovation through established partnerships with the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the USC Thornton School of Music that enable students to connect their dance studies to the world at-large.

Our program also encourages students to think across boundaries and take advantage of the diverse cultures both on campus and within the Los Angeles arts community. Students approach the study of dance with a global perspective, reinforced through collaboration with national and international artists—and, most extensively, through our unique connection with Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum is steeped in tradition, but is also designed to develop leaders in the field and create new art forms. Dance needs to embrace technology and our changing world by experimenting with new media outside the traditional stage. I know that USC is the place to make that happen.

USC Kaufman is crafting an unparalleled student experience that fulfills our vision of choreographing a creative life for the next generation.

Jodie Gates
Vice Dean and Director
USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance