Admission for the BFA in Dance is highly selective, with the school seeking to enroll approximately 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, is now available. 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 to take place 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. Previously completed college work may transfer for credit. They may fulfill General Education requirements, satisfy lower-division requirements for another program of study, or serve as elective credit. Dance courses completed elsewhere will transfer only as elective credit, not major credit.
USC Kaufman also offers three 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 for any of our minor programs. 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.
Join us either Saturday, October 28 or Sunday, October 29 to hear from Vice Dean Jodie Gates and take classes with current BFA faculty.
Join us either Saturday, October 7 or Sunday, October 8 to hear from Vice Dean Jodie Gates and take classes with current BFA 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.
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.
Join us for a master class in Miami, Florida with Vice Dean Jodie Gates.
Join us for a master class with Vice Dean and Director Jodie Gates in Chicago, Illinois.
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.
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 Rose Ritch
Dwight Rhoden’s “Hissy Fits” has left my mind in a tantrum. I would be a complete liar if I said this work was easy to dance. From its complexly-layered to music to difficult choreography and partnering sequences, each rehearsal has been a new challenge.
Applications for 2018 Fall admission are now open! Anne Aubert-Santelli, the director of admission at USC Kaufman, shares helpful tips for completing your own application.
You’re ready to apply to USC Kaufman… So what do you actually need to do? To make things a bit easier, we’ve put together a quick collection of our best admission advice for each step of the process. Up first – The Common Application.
By Kaylin Sturtevant
Applying to college means that you are about to embark on a new chapter in your life. This is a big decision, and I found that compiling a thorough amount of information from various schools helped me choose which schools to send applications. USC has several opportunities for prospective students to learn about the school before applying; I participated in some of these when making my decision.
Next week, a handful of our junior and sophomore class will make the long trip to Japan to perform a selection of works at the USC Global Conference in Tokyo.
Preview developing repertory work and new student choreography performed by USC Kaufman BFA dancers in these informal studio showings.
Anne Aubert-Santelli, USC Kaufman’s Director of Admissions and Student Services, recently spoke to DanceSpirit Magazine about the best ways to stand out in the college application process.
“We’re looking at technique and artistry—not just mastery but also potential,” Aubert-Santelli explained.
Read the full article at DanceSpirit online.
George Balanchine’s “Who Cares” premiered in 1970; set to the music of jazz composer George Gershwin, the 40-minute ballet is among Balanchine’s most famous works. Known for its syncopated flair and jazz influences, “Who Cares” is still performed regularly by the New York City Ballet (ballerina Tiler Peck is famous for her interpretation of the “Fascinating Rhythm” solo) and many other companies worldwide.
By Zach Manske and Jainil Mehta
JM: The freshman class has been constantly surprised by the admissions team and the faculty these past two weeks. The first time we ‘physically’ met each other was during the Meet the Dean event, just after moving in. I say ‘physically’ because we were in contact through our Facebook and iMessage group during the long waiting period after acceptance (between March and mid-August).
Get an overview of our BFA Core Curriculum, which provides a basis from which students can create their own paths.
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.
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 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).
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.