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!
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.
By Paulo Hernandez-Farella
Los Angeles is much more than just a “City of Stars;” It is quickly becoming a hub for innovations in culture. While I have lived here my entire life, I have never had trouble finding exciting new things to do in LA.
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.
Over the next three months, rising sophomore and junior BFA students of the USC Kaufman School of Dance will be continuing their dance education in summer intensives, booking professional work and sampling other cultures. The New Movement will take flight as USC Kaufman students travel around the world to learn, educate, and create before returning in the fall.
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.
By Alyssa Allen
Since January of this year, we’ve been learning and rehearsing diverse repertory to present at our BFA Spring Dance Performance. Including an excerpt of Jiri Kylian’s Falling Angels and Sarabande (staged by Fiona Lummis), Victor Quijada’s Empirical Quotient, an excerpt of William Forsythe’s Enemy in The Figure (staged by Ayman Harper), and new works by Raphael Xavier, Vice Dean Jodie Gates, Christopher Scott and Jessica Lee Keller, our program is extremely diverse and covers such a range of artistry–I feel so fortunate to learn from these legendary choreographers.
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 Olivia Euritt
This semester, in our Introduction to Dance for the Camera: New Media and Editing (DANC 218) class with Professor Patrick Corbin, we were tasked with creating video projects in small groups, each formed by common interests and career goals. I was incredibly lucky to have worked in a group with two amazing, empowering, and independent young women, Helen and Madison.
The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center will be home to three summer intensives in 2017, through USC Kaufman’s partnerships with leading international dance-makers.
Complexions Contemporary Ballet will offer its first summer intensive program at the Center, while Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Gaga/People will return after holding intensives at USC Kaufman last summer.
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.
On March 8 and 9, before big crowds in the performance studio at the USC Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, seven composers and 33 choreographer/dancers unveiled seven original dance pieces set to original music. Each piece in the Choreographers and Composers Concert featured four or five dancers who created their movements during the spring semester while the composers crafted their music.
Read the complete story on USC News
How’s this for an “only at USC” experience? Fifteen freshman and sophomore Bachelor of Fine Arts dance students spent a day in January dancing outside the Griffith Park Observatory for a commercial that premiered on Super Bowl Sunday in key markets around the country.
The 60-second Discover Los Angeles ad, which appeared in pregame and kickoff spots in three U.S. cities, will run for 14 weeks and air during the Grammy Awards and the Academy Awards.
Watch the ad and read the complete article on USC News.