Student Blog


August 14, 2017

Student Blog: At home in house and blues

By Ardyn Flynt

This summer, I was fortunate enough to spend time dancing to music that makes my heart soar, exploring movement that has fascinated me for years, and experiencing a culture that I have long been curious about: house dance.

August 8, 2017

Student Blog: Get involved

At USC Kaufman, there are endless ways to get involved–so many, in fact, that one student couldn’t cover them all. So we asked two; in this student blog, Lenai Wilkerson and Kaylin Sturtevant talk us through their activities inside and outside of the studio.

BFA Students pose for a selfie

August 3, 2017

Admission Student Blog: 10 things to know before applying

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.

July 31, 2017

Student Blog: An individual, not just one of many

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.

Composers and Dancers pose together

July 24, 2017

Student Blog: Opportunities knock

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).

USC Kaufman students pose together after a performance

July 17, 2017

Student Blog: Hidden university treasures

By Rachel Walton

USC is a world-renowned university for many reasons: including its famous alumni, impeccable marching band, and memorable fight song (Fight on!). However, with a student body size averaging 44,000 and a campus size of 226 acres, there are bound to be many more secrets to the campus than the ones I’ve uncovered thus far. That being said, after exploring USC for the past two years, I’ve learned a few quirky things that I’m dying to share.

BFA Students in Choreographers & Composers Performance. Photo by Mary Mallaney

July 10, 2017

Student Blog: Students teaching students

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.

Paulo Hernandez

July 3, 2017

Student Blog: Living and learning in Los Angeles

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.

Hubbard Street Summer Intensive at GKIDC.

June 26, 2017

Student Blog: Hubbard Street choreographers in Los Angeles

By Justin Epstein

I’m just finishing up my first week at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Pre-Professional Choreographic Intensive at USC, and it has been incredible. At Hubbard Street, I have had the opportunity to be involved in the choreographic process of Penny Saunders and Pablo Piantino’s latest piece (which has yet to be named).

USC Kaufman students. Photo by Mary Mallaney

June 19, 2017

Student Blog: From meeting to mentorship

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.