Student Blog


March 13, 2017

Student Blog: Horton/Hope Boykin fusion, year two

By Jake Tribus

This Friday, we were treated to a master class with Hope Boykin, a dancer and choreographer for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Hope joined the company in 2000 and has choreographed three different works for them throughout her career. This was my second time taking her class (I attended her class while touring campus last year, when she visited to teach the class of 2019), and she has yet to disappoint!

March 6, 2017

Student Blog: Composers and choreographers collaborate

By Celine Kiner and Katya Richardson

Celine Kiner: Sophomore USC Kaufman BFA students are collaborating with sophomore USC Thornton composition students for a Choreographers & Composers concert this March 8 and 9 featuring the work of both departments, and facilitated by our wonderful professors Sean Friar, Thomas McManus, and Jennifer Lott.


February 27, 2017

Student Blog: The other side of the audition

By Rachel Walton

The USC Kaufman audition season is a very exciting time for the current BFA dance majors. Personally, I love getting to know new people, so I jumped at the opportunity to meet potential future classmates. I was even inspired me to do things most would never volunteer for on a weekend: waking up at 6 a.m. and spending approximately 10 hours in the Kaufman International Dance Center, both Saturday and Sunday.


February 20, 2017

Student Blog: Building on the masters in Jessica Lang’s master class

By Celine Kiner

Thursday morning master class with Jessica Lang Dance started out pretty standard–ballet barre with some very helpful corrections about placement and musicality. Lang herself was warm, inviting, and very articulate: she brought us new ideas using terminology that was familiar, allowing us to connect and correct with no difficulty.

Mr. Gaga postcards photo by Carolyn DiLoreto

February 13, 2017

Student Blog: Tomer Heymann’s “Mr. Gaga” film through our eyes

By Mary Mallaney

If you haven’t already heard, “Mr. Gaga,” a film by Tomer Heymann, has finally opened in the United States. This is super exciting–we have been waiting months for it to travel through places like Israel and Europe to us in California. Personally, I am so obsessed with the Gaga language that I’ve been tracking the film’s progress through Kickstarter campaigns, trailers, etc. impatiently for over two years now.


February 6, 2017

Student blog: Moving with Christopher Scott and Jessica Lee Keller

By Jake Tribus

This week, we as BFA Dance majors at USC Kaufman had the privilege of working with two of the commercial dance industry’s top choreographers: Christopher Scott and Jessica Lee Keller. Chris Scott–well known for his hip-hop and animation style–often choreographs for the popular television show So You Think You Can Dance on Fox. Jessica Lee Keller is a former member of the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and has an extensive commercial résumé, including movies like Now You See Me 2 and Teen Beach Movie.


January 30, 2017

Student Blog: Breaking into something new with Victor Quijada

By Alvaro Montelongo

Working with Victor Quijada, founder and co-director of RUBBERBANDance Group, has been a challenging and fulfilling journey. It is not often that we get to go on two hands and upside down, as dancers or as everyday pedestrians.


December 19, 2016

Student Blog: Lessons and learning this year

By Celine Kiner

This semester has been such a blur that I could barely keep my eyes focused. Between Fall for Forsythe, our new building, student choreography, and repertory shows, there truly was never a dull moment.

The first thing I learned this semester was how to learn itself–this is an ongoing process at USC Kaufman, beginning freshman year and continuing through sophomore year.


December 12, 2016

Student Blog: Dancing on and off the screen

By Carolyn DiLoreto

This semester, I had the opportunity to take DANC 363: Dancing on The Screen with professor Jennifer Lott. Throughout this course we stepped through the history of screen dance. Because modern dance had been brought about around the time that the medium of cinema was created, both dance and filmmaking had intersected in a very natural relationship in which they evolved hand-in-hand.