Portfolio

First-year applicants, transfer applicants and current USC students applying for the BFA program at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance will each submit slightly different versions of the online USC Kaufman Portfolio. Visit Applicants for more information.

All first-year and transfer applicants must also complete the USC Undergraduate Application.

The USC Kaufman Portfolio is currently available on SlideRoom, which first-year and external transfer applicants will access through the Common Application. All application materials are due by December 1, 2017.


The USC Kaufman Portfolio includes the below components.

Two Video Auditions

Present 2 solos/excerpts in contrasting styles. Each piece may be no longer than one minute, so make each second count.

We encourage you to show us your best work. You are welcome to submit original choreography. Also, you may include one example of partnering work (i.e. ballroom), so long as you are easy to identify.

While you need not submit professional videos, we must be able to clearly see you in order to observe your technique and musicality.

We will accept previously recorded performances or newly-shot videos. A dance studio, if available, is an ideal location for newly-shot work.

When filming, make sure that you are in close proximity to the camera while maintaining your full body in frame. Do not submit work that has been edited with jump cuts, dissolves or musical overlays. If you plan to use a phone, please hold the phone horizontally to ensure that the video is as large as possible.

Finally, be sure to provide information about each solo under the Forms section and order and label your media items appropriately.

Contact Anne Aubert-Santelli, Director of Admission & Students Services, at (213) 821-6725 or aubertsa@usc.edu if you have difficulty managing the video request.

Video Response

Upload a 30 to 60 second video responding to the prompt: Along with receiving exceptional dance training at one of the world’s leading private research universities, at USC Kaufman you join a community of individuals with shared values, such as respect, humility, accountability, integrity, diversity and individuality. What does community mean to you?

One Page Dance Resume

The one page dance resume allows us to understand your dance background. You must follow the format of the USC Kaufman Dance Resume Sample. If you do not yet have your USC ID number, contact (213) 740-1111 or check any formal mail you have received from the University (you can generally find the ten-digit number somewhere). If you do not yet have the results of your SAT or ACT examinations, please indicate ‘IP’ (for In Progress) followed by the month in which you plan to take the exam.

Short Answer

Answer the following question in about 100 words: Using three specific examples, discuss how USC Kaufman’s innovative BFA curriculum and vision of The New Movement will best prepare you as a future leader in dance. (Current USC students will provide a 500-750 word Statement of Objectives in lieu of the short answer and Common Application writing requirements.)

Two Photographs

You should provide a head shot and action shot. The head shot should allow us to see your face clearly. The action shot should showcase your favorite dance style and your personality; it will not be evaluated for technique. Professional photographs are not necessary. No group shots please.

Additional details and instructions about each component of the USC Kaufman Portfolio are provided on SlideRoom.