The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance provides students with opportunities to collaborate and innovate both on and off campus with leading artists, scholars and institutions.
Focused on interdisciplinary innovation, our BFA program emphasizes the importance of collaborative work professionally as well as artistically. As such, the school’s established partnerships offer unparalleled experiences for our students to make these connections while strengthening the already-vibrant dance landscape.
Connected by our esteemed patroness Glorya Kaufman, the USC Kaufman School of Dance and The Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County (The Music Center), work together to provide USC BFA students direct engagement with companies presented by Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center. Prior events have included master classes, guest lecturers, artist Q&As, and salons with companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Jessica Lang Dance, and the Mariinsky Ballet. During the 2017/2018 academic year, Kaufman BFA students will work with Matthew Bourne, the Joffrey Ballet, and the Akram Khan Company.
As part of its groundbreaking mission to create well-rounded dancers and leaders, USC Kaufman prioritizes knowledge of dance science and physical wellness within its curriculum. Working with experts from USC’s renowned PT program, Kaufman dancers receive regular assessments by licensed physical therapists and have access to screenings, evaluations, triage care, preventative care and performance enhancement services. Weekly on-site clinics ensure that students receive appropriate care and ongoing relationships with PTs promotes continued learning.
Under the shared leadership of Dean Robert Cutietta, the USC Kaufman School of Dance and USC Thornton School of Music are fostering a seamless partnership between dance and music. During the 2016/2017 academic year this partnership produced “Composer and Choreographers,” a concert featuring the works of seven student composers and 33 student dancers and choreographers, co-directed by USC faculty members Thomas McManus (Dance) and Sean Friar (Music).
In correlation with the USC Choreographic Institute, which is advised by world renowned choreographer and visual artist William Forsythe, as well as skilled faculty multi-media artists such as Professors Patrick Corbin, d. Sabela Grimes and Dawn Stoppiello, USC Kaufman has partnered with the School of Cinematic Arts to promote collaborations that involve dance and film. In Fall 2017, Professors Thomas McManus (Dance) and Marientina Gotsis (Film) are teaching parallel courses that explore the intersections between dance, health, neuroscience, and games.
Drawn together by their efforts to reinvent dance practices in the twenty-first century through new movement systems grounded in multiple styles, USC Kaufman and Complexions Contemporary Ballet are working together to bring the innovative choreography and training of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson to the Southern California dance community. In July 2017, Complexions Dance Academy will house their summer intensive (July 10-21, 2017) in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center. During the 2017/2018 academic year, USC Kaufman BFA students will have the opportunity to study and perform the repertoire of Dwight Rhoden and be trained by USC Kaufman artist in residence Desmond Richardson.
In 2015, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, one the nation’s preeminent contemporary dance companies, partnered with USC Kaufman to further both organizations’ commitment to dance education among pre-professional, collegiate and professional dancers. Hubbard Street will host its 2nd summer intensive for pre-professional artists this June (19-30, 2017) in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, and will provide master classes to USC BFA students during the academic year. Additional activities may involve artist-lead symposia, colloquiums and performance opportunities.
A shared goal of developing new and innovative choreographic practices brought Gaga USA and USC Kaufman to form a partnership in 2016 aimed at exposing Southern California dancers to the movement system of renowned artist and dance maker Ohad Naharin. Gaga USA will host summer and winter dance intensives (July 24-29, 2017 and TBA) in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center and will provide master classes to USC BFA students during the academic year.
Dance Camera West and USC Kaufman share a commitment to advancing the art of dance through media and film. In 2017, they formed a collaboration aimed at providing student and public access to cutting edge films presented by Dance Camera West in the state-of-the-art facilities of the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center. Each semester DCW presents between one and three screenings. The partnership was launched with a thrilling screening of Mr. Gaga in January 2017.