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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.

Jackie Schiffner

June 12, 2017

Student Blog: A student’s summer schedule

By Jackie Schiffner

As odd as it may sounds, a summer away from school when you are part of USC Kaufman is far too long! While we all appreciate a few days off after our spring performances and finals, a three-month break from the rigor of our schedule was a huge adjustment for me last summer, not to mention a long stretch without seeing my Kaufman family every day.

BFA Student Mary in Maymester Program. Photo by Beau Foley

June 5, 2017

Student Blog: Thank you, Paris

By Mary Mallaney

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting on a plane headed back to the States, and leaving one of the most special cities in the world, Paris. I can’t truly say that I’m only happy or only sad to be leaving, but I am sure that I’m feeling grateful.

BFA Kaufman Students in Maymester Program. Photo by Mary Mallaney

May 29, 2017

Student Blog: Parisian art and activities

By Brendan Evans

As I sit down to write this blog and reflect on my last two weeks in Paris, I realize that there is so much of this experience I cannot put into words. This week we have had many opportunities to explore Parisian art and expand our minds in new ways. Our week began at the foot of the Sacre Couer Church (or The Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Paris) in Montmartre.

Professor Jackie Kopcsak in Maymester Program. Photo by Mary Mallaney

May 22, 2017

Student Blog: More than just a pretty place in Paris

By Beau Foley

The USC Kaufman Paris Maymester program immediately introduced us to the city through a unique lens. We toured Paris the first day through the eyes of kings in the 1600s and architects in the 1800s, and finally discovering famous places in modern day France.

Kaufman Students in Maymester Program. Photo by Mary Mallaney

May 15, 2017

Student Blog: Arriving in Paris

By Jake Tribus

After an 8-hour-long flight, you could imagine how sore my body was, and the lack of sleep wasn’t helping either. The only thing keeping me positive was the thought of walking down the streets of the City of Love, and how I would soon be learning about the salon culture of Paris, in USC Kaufman’s first ever Maymester program.