Student Blog


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.


December 5, 2016

Student Blog: Movement art with Lil Buck and Jon Boogz

By Celine Kiner

“You guys need to understand where it comes from first,” Lil Buck explained before he and Jon Boogz launched into a combination popping/jookin’ master class.
If there’s anything we’ve learned at USC Kaufman in the last semester as a sophomore BFA class, it’s that we must give credit where credit is due. Professor Saleemah Knight has made that abundantly clear to us in our Dance in Popular Culture lecture, and Lil Buck and Jon Boogz seemed to pick up exactly where she left off.

Dance minors at USC Kaufman

November 28, 2016

Student blog: USC Kaufman minor experience

By Yifei Yu
I started to take Kaufman’s course in the fall 2015 semester, when Kaufman’s main building was still under construction. Even though I had to dance in the basement of Alfred Newman Recital Hall before the building was finished, I was thrilled by how professionally dedicated and enthusiastic USC Kaufman faculty members were.


November 21, 2016

Student Blog: Creating and releasing through student choreography

By Celine Kiner

I sat down to write this blog at an hour…well, at an hour that I shouldn’t be writing this blog. I won’t disclose more than that, because my mom reads my entries and I would rather she not worry.

This week has been an absolute whirlwind, with full classes all day and shows every night, not to mention our extracurricular commitments.


November 18, 2016

Student Spotlight: Olivia Gieringer

Trained at Michelle Latimer Dance Academy, BFA student Olivia Gieringer joins USC Kaufman’s freshman class after graduating from Denver School of the Arts. The presence of others’ passion inspires her to create, as does her natural response to music.
“To put it simply, it’s a dream come true. I strongly believe that USC Kaufman students will play a large role in the future of dance. Between the world-class faculty, the incredible facility, and the diversity of each student, it is a perfect marriage for dance education.”


November 14, 2016

Student Blog: Let’s hear it for the boys (aka dudes who dance)

By Beau Foley

Often, dancers and non-dancers alike will discount male dancers by claiming that they have it easy, and in some respects we do. But the biggest misconception about male dancers is that it is easy to be one. I think it stems from several things, one of them being the fact that often you will hear of male dancers of all skill sets starting very late in life but still continuing into a full and successful career.


November 11, 2016

Student Spotlight: Kaylin Sturtevant

BFA freshman Kaylin has trained at both Dance Industry Performing Arts Center under Christy Wolverton-Ryzman and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Her inspiration comes primarily from the passion of other artists.
“It is such an honor to be a part of this incredible program! Besides the fact that the faculty, students, and classes are amazing, the overall experience is the best fit for my goals and aspirations. I am excited for the engaging explorations and collaborations among my talented peers and can’t believe the endless opportunities and connections that will be right at my feet. Saying that I attend USC Kaufman fills me with immense pride and happiness.”


November 4, 2016

Student Blog: Inside the application process

By Jake Tribus

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Jake Tribus and I am a BFA Dance Student in the USC Kaufman School of Dance. My dance training began about ten years ago when I was nine years old; I started with a “Bring Your Friend to Class Day” hip hop class, and over the years have trained seriously in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop, and more.


November 4, 2016

Student Spotlight: Jake Tribus

Jake Tribus joins USC Kaufman as a BFA freshman from Wake Forest, NC. Tribes started dancing around seventh grade, inspired by creativity and much more in his family and friends.

“To be a part of the USC Kaufman School of Dance means that my classmates and I are the start of a new beginning for contemporary dance in this industry. We are part of the “new movement,” and are the innovators and engineers of new concepts and ideas. We are going to be able to collaborate with each other and across multiple fields in the both performance and visual arts.”