Admission for the BFA in Dance is highly selective, with the school seeking to enroll 20 of the world’s most exceptional dancers each year.
The Common Application and USC Kaufman Portfolio, which are both required for admission to the program, will be available August 1. All materials must be received by December 1. We encourage candidates to submit their applications as soon as possible. Dance finalists will be invited to live auditions in January of 2018.
Current USC students and transfer applicants are welcome to apply to USC Kaufman with the understanding that, due to the program’s sequential nature, the BFA in Dance takes a full four years to complete.
USC Kaufman also offers minors in dance, which serve as thought-provoking supplements to major fields of study in other departments and schools. Only current USC students may apply for a minor program. There is no audition process. Interested students will find more information under Dance Minors.
The University of Southern California admits students of any race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability or mental disability. The University’s full non-discrimination policy can be found on the Web at policies.usc.edu.
Our fall recruitment planning is well underway. Connect with us on the road at a college fair, dance festival, university program, or USC Kaufman event near you.
This year’s Fall On-Campus Open House will take place on Saturday, November 11 from 9am to 5pm. You’ll not only learn about USC, but also the dance school. USC Kaufman activities include information sessions, building tours and master classes with faculty.
Are you a prospective student looking to visit campus this summer? Learn more about the university and its admission process, tour campus, attend an information session about USC Kaufman and explore the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center by registering for the Meet USC program.
Vice Dean Jodie Gates and other esteemed faculty members will travel the globe to offer free master classes this fall. Join us in either Chicago, New York, Miami, Dallas or Tokyo!
One of many attributes USC Kaufman offers its students is the opportunity to dance a wide variety of acclaimed repertoire from some of the most profound artists in dance. We are proud to say the 2017/18 school year is no different, brimming with works from long established and emerging choreographers that will challenge our students – both technically and artistically.
USC Kaufman lecturer Christian Vincent has worked all over Los Angeles and is known for his work as both a performer and choreographer in the commercial dance scene, garnering credits with Prince, Britney Spears, Shakira, Ricky Martin, and more. Vincent’s classes at USC Kaufman infuse his artistic approach with his commercial experience; he spoke to us a little bit about the city’s dance community and his own Commercial Dance: Professional Dance Preparation (DANC 499) course.
By Whitney Hester
August is almost here, which means the start of a new school year. New students going into college or getting ready to apply for colleges: you may think that you are completely prepared for life in a BFA program. Coming from a performing arts high school, I assumed I was completely prepared! However, listed below are ten things I wish I had known before applying to college dance programs.
By Kaylin Sturtevant
Before you know it, you’re finishing up your junior year of high school, and soon to come are college auditions. But don’t fret! College auditions do not have to be overwhelming, and can be a fun experience as long as you do your research, plan in advance, and prepare your materials early to avoid missing deadlines.
At USC Kaufman, there are endless ways to get involved–so many, in fact, that one student couldn’t cover them all. So we asked two; in this student blog, Lenai Wilkerson and Kaylin Sturtevant talk us through their activities inside and outside of the studio.
By Paulo Hernandez-Farella
Deciding which college to attend was one of the hardest decisions I have made to date, but as each day ends, I am thankful to attend USC Kaufman. USC Kaufman is the most progressive and unique dance program in the country today, and maybe even the world. From our repertory to our artistic guests, USC Kaufman will give you incredible training and simultaneously enable you to expand your résumé.
By Alyssa Allen
USC Kaufman’s environment produces many opportunities where dancers and artists can collaborate. We are able to start building connections with other artists on campus that will remain strong after graduation and throughout our professional endeavors. Many of these collaborations have blossomed into friendships that will surely last a lifetime. I believe that now is the best time to collaborate–we are all hungry to create, and are willing to do it for free (a rare opportunity in the working field).
By Lenai Wilkerson
At Kaufman, inspiration is always in the air. I find myself constantly inspired in and out of classes by how beautiful my peers are as artists and individuals. I feel incredibly blessed every day to dance with these people because we all have something different to offer.
The new Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center was recently featured in Dance Teacher magazine as an ideal space for dance enthusiasts, movers and thinkers alike.
“There’s definitely something to be said for jumping on perfectly springy floors—all thoughtfully installed by Harlequin—while sunlight streams in through floor-to-ceiling windows,” said Dance Teacher’s Rachel Rizzuto.
Just a year after its opening, the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is set to welcome a new neighbor this fall: the USC Village. The $700 million retail and residential project is set to open in August, in time for incoming students to move in and returning students to explore as the school year begins.
By Rachel Walton
One of the first words many students use to describe USC Kaufman is family. Within the first week of freshman year, we established a community “cypher” environment among all of the students and faculty. We celebrate the diversity in our community–backgrounds, talents, and interests.
With both a BFA and and MFA in dance, along with years of experience in her field, Dawn Stoppiello joins the USC Kaufman faculty to teach on Dance in New Media. Her work at Troika Ranch combines her passion for media as well as somatic practices to explore dance and its relationship to the digital era.
By Brendan Evans
As I sit down to write this blog and reflect on my last two weeks in Paris, I realize that there is so much of this experience I cannot put into words. This week we have had many opportunities to explore Parisian art and expand our minds in new ways. Our week began at the foot of the Sacre Couer Church (or The Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Paris) in Montmartre.
At Kaufman, we function as a conservatory-based program within a major research university. Having that status–as a college student majoring in dance–can mean quite a heavy load. But do not be discouraged by busy college life. I am going to walk you through a typical day at Kaufman.
Designed to prepare the artist, the innovator and the entrepreneur, our groundbreaking four-year professional degree offers you rigorous training and the flexibility to pursue a curriculum in line with your professional and artistic goals. We asked our students to tell us how they would describe their classes. Here’s our “Zagat-style” guide the USC Kaufman Bachelor of Fine Arts.
By Rebecca Troyak
Coming to USC Kaufman was a totally unique experience for me. Previously, I attended a performing arts high school, and couldn’t even tell you what football was. Dance was my entire life. When it came time for me to choose a college program, all I wanted was to be somewhere rigorous, challenging, and intense. I thought that meant a conservatory program was my only choice. But Kaufman offers something that no other program in this nation does: the opportunity for an intense, challenging conservatory program paired with a regular college experience.